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Dumb Things #2

This week I’ll be covering some of the more dumb things I’ve ever done as a Children’s Pastor.  Be sure to visit  www.jonathancliff.com/tags/dumbthings to keep up with all the dumb-ness happening here this week!

Again while in Dallas I pulled one of the most stupid stunts ever.  As a not-lover of puppets (is that a phrase?), I decided instead that it would be cool to have a costumed character visit the kids each week.  Great idea so far, right?  It all started when I saw this super great, and super cheap gorilla costume at Party City.  I lost you with the word gorilla, didn’t I?  All the costume consisted of was a pair of gorilla feet, gorilla hands, and a scary gorilla mask.  So easy to pull off, and makes for a super quick costume change.

So our friendly Kidmin gorilla makes his first apperance on Sunday morning.  I had some accompanying music that was light and cheery; and I prepared the kids beforehand that we had a gorilla friend making a visit.  Here is how it goes down:

  • The gorilla appears on stage.
  • Children scream hysterically.
  • Girl on the front row goes into a horror stage of shock.
  • That same girl pees on herself.
  • The volunteers in the room freeze and don’t know what to do.
  • I’m stuck with my friendly gorilla on stage, trying to carry on a conversation while children begin to cry and run from the room.
  • I finally tell the gorilla to leave stage, and have to yell at some volunteers to please help our peed-on girl up front.

Is this less scary?

I’m still so ashamed.  Can’t believe how stupid I was to think this was a good idea.  However, this gorilla costume did make a great scare toy for me to freak out my kids at home.  Score!

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Wayne Stocks · November 3, 2010

    I don’t know. The Banana’s kinda freaky too. I better head to the bathroom.

  2. Joe McAlpine · November 3, 2010

    I just put my gorilla suit away… I was gonna use it this weekend! FAIL! HAHA! Hilarious story!

    PS: Have you read my forum on cmconnect about puppets? You should check it out! You will like it!

  3. Jill Crew · November 4, 2010

    Wow, this seriously made me laugh out loud. A girl really peed her pants? Thanks for sharing :)

  4. cheryl bentsen · November 4, 2010

    that is hilarious!!! A lesson to never be forgotten by you or the kids! ha!

  5. Robyn Murray · November 8, 2010

    Thank you for that! I laughed so hard I cried!