G.K. Chesterton once wrote: “Angels can fly because
they take themselves lightly. Never forget that
the devil fell by force of gravity. He who has the
faith has the fun.”
And do our subscribers have fun with our feast of Christian humor and jokes pastors can tell.
Our award-winning newsletter, a publication of
the Fellowship of Merry Christians, provides churches
with a bountiful bimonthly supply of reproducible cartoons, clean
jokes, one-liners, inspirational stories, and joyful
Scripture references. And JN doesn’t carry any ads!
Local church publications and church web sites
reprint JN’s anecdotes and priceless cartoons by 18
of the Christian world’s finest cartoonists, including
Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, and Johnny
Hart, creator of B.C.
Subscribers regularly receive in JN a bonanza of delightful
cartoons by 18 of the finest Christian cartoonists. These cartoons
are related to current events, church calendars, holidays, and the
changing seasons. The
cartoons in JN may be reprinted in church newsletters,
bulletins, fliers, posters, signs, and letterheads
free-of-charge and without seeking permissions.
They also may be projected on overhead screens.
Pastors and lay speakers use JN’s fresh and timely
holy humor and cartoons in their sermons and
presentations. And Sunday school teachers, youth
pastors, chaplains, and health professionals find the
healing humor in JN invaluable in getting the
attention of children and teenagers, and cheering
up hospital patients, depressed parishioners, shut-ins,
and the elderly.
Humor, like love, crosses denominational lines.
And the many very funny contributors to JN reflect
the diversity of beliefs and humor in our Christian
traditions, as well as the many beliefs we all share
JN has won awards of excellence for newsletters
from all three Christian press associations. JN has even
won the plaudits of comedians like Steve Allen and
Patch Adams. JN is now an expanded bimonthly.
include pastors, church newsletter editors, health professionals,
chaplains, humorists, comedians, cartoonists, clowns, public speakers,
toastmasters, lay church leaders, youth ministers, and lots of people
who just enjoy sharing good, clean humor and healing laughter.
For a modest cost — only $29 — JN will help your
church produce a joyful, warm, and exciting newsletter,
bulletin, and web site.
Every new subscriber also receives our annual
catalog of books, CDs, and prints, as well as a
wallet-size card of “The Risen Christ by the Sea”
painting — a representation of the “Easter laugh.”
Jesus asked his followers to “be of good cheer.”
Faith and humor are powerful bridge-building and
healing tools. Faith and humor are an unbeatable
team in helping to lift people above the force of
gravity. When you subscribe to JN, you, too, like
C.S. Lewis, will be “surprised by joy.”
A 25th Anniversary Gift
The Joyful Noiseletter is celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2010. As a gift to our subscribers and friends, we are providing on our web site a bonanza of ideas and materials that churches can use to celebrate Holy Humor Sunday (Bright Sunday) on the Sunday after Easter. An ongoing celebration of Jesus' resurrection is a revival of an old custom begun by the early Greek Christians.
Click on "Holy Humor Sunday" and you will find many articles from past issues of JN, dating back to 1988, describing how churches have been celebrating their Holy Humor Sunday services (and attracting large crowds).
You will find in this section Easter carols and joyful songs, joyful Scripture readings, clean jokes, practical jokes, suggested decorations and props, congregation responses, and inspiring sermons. They also can be used for Easter Sunday, as well as other times of the year.
Please feel free to download these articles and to pass them along to churches interested in offering a Holy Humor Sunday service. You can also direct them to this web site. Thank you for crediting The Joyful Noiseletter and the other sources cited.
This is essentially a free guidebook for churches. The copyrighted materials in this guidebook may not be reproduced for sale.
God bless and smile on you!