Quiz Worx: the puppets that preach

NEWS | Anne Lim
Wednesday 22 July 2015

Rise Up and Rock is the name of a new album from Quiz Worx, which gives a rock treatment to well-loved Christian songs that children in previous generations grew up with.

This is the third album from a group that has toured puppet shows to schools since 1998 and was inspired by the positive response to a rocked-up version of Jesus Loves Me on the 2011 album, A Mighty Shout.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 9.30.43 amThe first two albums put out by Quiz Worx were predominantly of original songs, but this third album updates classics such as This is the Day, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and 1, 2, 3, Jesus Loves Me. Even the 1922 worship song, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, has been given a rock vibe, while Australian rapper Nobee One contributes a rap to Love the Lord your God.

Featured artists include popular children’s singer-songwriter Colin Buchanan and songwriter and minister Ben Pakula.

“We’ve had really good feedback from SRE teachers, children’s ministers and parents since the album came out at the end of May,” says Quiz Worx general manager, Nick Koeck.

“These are classic kids’ songs that I grew up singing, and my mum and dad grew up singing.”

The songs are aimed at primary-school children, but can be enjoyed by pre-schoolers too, Nick says.

“It’s a lot of fun. We’ve been listening to it in the car and my five-year-old and three-year-old love it.”

Quiz Worx estimates that it reached 50,000 children last year with its schools shows, which tour around Australia. It hopes to exceed that figure this year, and has tours upcoming to the north coast of NSW and southwest Queensland. The latter will take puppeteers Kim Meredith and Ros Hicks, along with puppets Gruncharina and Google, to outback towns such as Lightning Ridge, Dirranbandi, Windorah and Cunnamulla during August.

“The schools have a very small number of kids, but we want to give them an opportunity to hear about and respond to Jesus, just as much as kids at the big city schools,” says Nick.

“The kids go crazy – they love it. The team flies into a town by light plane, where someone picks them up, they do the show, then they fly to another town.”

Nick says plans are in place for another outback tour for next year, visiting places the group has never been before, and revisiting places it has already been in 2017. “So we will visit a place every two years; we eventually hope to go yearly and add new places. It’s a challenge but God has graciously opened doors for us to go to a lot of places. It’s a partnership ministry and we can’t do it without the believers who help us.”

Because most of its shows are staged around Christmas time, Quiz Worx is looking for more staff to help it reach about 30,000 children during the festive season.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 9.30.43 amScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 9.56.32 amWIN! You can win a copy of the new Quiz Worx CD, Rise Up and Rock and a copy of Ben Pakula’s Masterplan CD, a biblical rock opera especially for kids that spans stories from Genesis all the way through to Revelation (read more about it here). To win, just tell us in 25 words or less what Christian kids song has stuck with you in to adulthood.

Competition ended Friday 31 July at 9am. Winners were notified by email. 

For competition terms and conditions, click here.

18 Responses to Quiz Worx: the puppets that preach

  1. the SundaySchool Song that brought me to Jesus & to stay there forever was ”Jesus Loves Me, Yes I Know” ..I sang it to my kids, G/kids & soon to my GG/sons..Our God is so good!! Merle

  2. Kathy Sarra says:

    Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight!!!

  3. Adele Williams says:

    Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning,
    Give me oil in my lamp I pray, 
    Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning, 
    Keep me burning till the break of day. 

  4. Kerrie Hadley says:

    Fruit Salad and I’m in the Lord’s Army are two favourites. I know too many.I thank God daily for being brought up in a Christian home and asking him to be my Saviour from 5 years old.

  5. Isobel Lewthwaite says:

    I met Jesus at the Cross Roads
    Where the two ways meet  etc

    Wide wide is the ocean
    high as the heavens above etc

  6. Julie Gregson says:

    I will make you fishers of men.                                                                                                      Build on the rock, the rock that ever stands.                                                                                   Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.   

  7. Barbara Brumby says:

    A song from Sunday School days that still comes to my mind quite often is ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’. The words are often recalled especially ‘all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer’.

  8. Charmaine says:

    The best book to read is the Bible
    Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so
    Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world

  9. Stephen says:

    Man, I can only pick one? It’s too hard!

    But if I can only pick one, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

  10. Lindy Tan says:

    Memory verse songs by Steve Green! Helping me remmeber Bible verses from 5 to 25!

  11. Sandra says:

    God is So Good
    The Best Book to Read is the BIBLE

  12. Sandra says:

    AlsoJohn3:16 By Jenny Flaack from Adelaide.

  13. Jesus loves me, I am now singing it to my grandson 8weeks old.

  14. Mark Vanderstoep says:

    Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah – Praise ye The Lord. Up. Down. Up. Down. Frenetic Sunday School worship fun! My own kids love it 🙂

  15. Ian Nicholls says:

    Kids songs with singable tunes encapsulate sound biblical teaching that become ammunition for the Holy Spirit to recall to my mind when I need encouragement.

  16. Sandra says:

    What a friend we have in Jesus

    “Jesus Loves the Little Children All the children of the World
    Red brown yellow Black and White
    They are precious in His sight”

    This Little Light of Mine

  17. Gail Fenton says:

    A great song of comfort:
    He’s able, He’s able,
    I know He is able,
    I know my Lord is able to carry me through.
    He heals the broken hearted,
    He sets the prisoner free,
    He makes the lame to walk again,
    And He causes the blind to  see!

  18. Kathleen Lawler says:

    the song that stuck with me the most is turn your eyes upon Jesus. To remind us of our heavenly perspective