Here is our events calendar for 2020. For a complete listing of past events click here. Below the calendar we have a detailed description of each event Vertical Kids Ministry offers. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

2020 Vertical Kids Ministry Events

Birthday Party
Virginia Beach, VA
Magic Show and
Balloon Twisting - Premium
January 4, 2020  
Churchland Baptist Preschool
Chesapeake, VA
Winter Wonder Reading Show
January 15, 2020  
Kapital Kidvention
Alexandria, VA
Children’s Entertainer’s Training Convention – Preaching Sunday Morning Service
January 17-19, 2020  
Community Presbyterian Preschool
Hampton, VA
Chapel Gospel Show
February 6, 2020  
Community Presbyterian Preschool
Hampton, VA
Chapel Gospel Show
February 7, 2020  
Harmony at Oakbrooke Retirement
Chesapeake, VA
Winter Wonder Magic Show
February 11, 2020  
Circus Magic Convention
Williamsburg, VA
Teaching 3 Lectures, Morning Devotion and MC of Finale Show
Feb 28 - March 1, 2020  
Harmony at Oakbrooke Retirement
Chesapeake, VA
Spring Into Magic Show
March 10, 2020  
Memorial Day Celebration
Wingfield Ministries
Harrisonburg, VA
Comedy Gospel Magic Show
May 25, 2020  
Gloucester Arts Festival
Gloucester, VA
Puppet & Magic Show and
Balloon Twisting
June 13, 2020  

Vertical Kids Ministry Event Descriptions

One-Hour or One and a Half Hour Ministry Show for Church Events

In the one-hour show, Earl and Kimberly have a variety of entertainment. Earl starts out the show differently each time. It may start out with him magically making Kimberly appear out of an empty box or he may start out with a little bit of juggling using juggling scarves, balls, clubs, Chinese Yo Yo, “rabbits”, and juggling sticks. Then with the help of his lovely assistant Kimberly, he transitions into making a lot of scarves appear, disappear and turn into other objects. Next, they include audience participation with a series of funny tricks and entertainment.

As they move into a small puppet show, the kids of all ages laugh and sing along. To keep the magic going, they shift back to using tubes, boxes, cards, ropes, balloon twisting and fire to amaze their audience. In the show, Earl sometimes uses a head twister to twist his wife’s head around and around. Throughout the show, Earl and Kimberly present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and give an invitation near the end of the show. For the big finale, Earl and Kimberly will either end with making beach balls appear out of an empty child’s play hut or magically float a child on the Magic Table.

The entire show has non stop action that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats waiting to see what comes next.

The one and a half hour show provides a few more exciting illusions & audience participation than the one hour show. If you want to impact your audience to the fullest, then book the one and a half hour show.


One-Hour or One and a Half Hour Show for Corporate Events, Banquets, Libraries, Schools, Day Cares or any other Party or Celebration.

In these shows Earl and Kimberly include many of the above dazzling magic and illusions without sharing the Gospel. It is a fun clean family show that all ages love.


Festivals, Carnivals, Block Parties and Fairs

This includes roving balloon twisting, roving close up magic, roving juggling and a one-hour interactive magic, puppet and juggling show similar to the show described above in the one hour show.


Vacation Bible Schools, Kids Crusades, Family Crusades, Camps

Give your children’s workers a break by booking Vertical Kids Ministry to come in and do the whole VBS or Kid’s Crusade for you. This is an easy attendance booster and it saves you time that you could be spending with the kids. It saves you money from all of the books and craft kits you would have to buy and your teachers will love you for it.

There are three programs to choose from.
1. The Greatest Show Not On Earth - "The Wordless Book"
2. Battle Protection - "The Full Armor of God"
3. Alien Kids – “We Are Aliens In This World”

The Greatest Show Not On Earth is a Circus themed program that will take the student into a fantastic world of imagination filled with animal puppets, clowns, Christian illusions, juggling, balloon twisting, costumes, games, stories, scripture verses, singing and The Wordless Book to share what heaven is like; where and when sin came into the world; God's promise of sending a Savior to forgive and take our sins away; the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus and how to grow in a relationship with Him. Each day of your event we will focus on a color from the Wordless Book. Each one of the colors tells a story. These colors in order are gold, black, red, white and green.

We come in and provide you with a 3 – 5 night Crusade, Vacation Bible School, Kid’s or Family Crusade or Kid’s Camp. Each night our teaching lasts about 1 ½ hours in length. For camps we work with your schedules for day and night.

We provide the decorations, the back drop, the teaching, the entertainment, the games, the music and the Gospel Message.

In the Battle Protection program, we use puppets, Christian illusions, juggling, balloon twisting, costumes, games, stories, scripture verses, and singing to show kids that there are spiritual battles in life that we have to be prepared for. Each day we will focus on Ephesians 6:10-17 where your students will encounter each piece of the Full Armor of God including the Belt of Truth, the Helmet of Salvation, the Shield of Faith, the Breast Plate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace and the Sword of the Spirit.

We come in and provide you with a 3 – 5 night Crusade, Vacation Bible School, Kids or Family Crusade or Kids Camp. Each night our teaching lasts about 1 ½ hours in length. For camps we work with your schedules for day and night.

We provide the decorations, the back drop, the teaching, the entertainment, the games, the music and the Gospel Message. We do not offer crafts or snack time. If you want to incorporate that into the event then let us know. However, you will need to provide for that.

In the Alien Kids program- Kids have always been curious about space and "life on other planets."  This theme capitalizes on that curiosity by comparing the life of a Christian with the life of an alien.
1 Peter 2:11 teaches us that we are "aliens in this world."  To live a life that is out of this world, we must be careful to "stay away from sinful things."  That includes guarding our hearts and minds from all of the sinful influences of the world.
It is a fun learning experience with space backgrounds, space and alien decorations, lots of music, scripture learning, story time, magic tricks, juggling, balloon twisting, puppets and lots of audience participation.

"Superhero Training Academy – Finding The Superpower Within You." Through all of the fun with magic tricks, balloon twisting, juggling, skits, storytelling, costumes and puppets, we will look at God’s power and help kids understand how they can allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through them. We will look at Superheroes of the Bible and see how God worked through them. They will learn 1 John 4:4 (CEV) which states, “Greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world.”

We come in and provide you with a 3 – 5 night Crusade, Vacation Bible School, Kid’s or Family Crusade, Kid's or Family Camp. Each night our teaching lasts about 1 ½ hours in length. For camps, we work with your schedules for day and night and if you need to go longer than 5 days.

We provide the decorations, the back drop, the teaching, the entertainment, the games, the music and the Gospel Message!


Happy Birthday Jesus Party

Happy Birthday Jesus Party is a magical party that celebrates Jesus' birth. This show incorporates a number of comedy magical effects, puppets and juggling. Watch as we magically make a birthday cake for Jesus in a party atmosphere. We will find out who can make it to the "Big Party" which is Heaven. As the show comes to the end, everyone will find out that not only are humans made uniquely but also snow flakes. The flourishing finish will find Earl magically making snow flakes appear in mid air.
This show can be booked anytime during the year. It is very popular around Christmas time but don't be afraid to celebrate the birth of Jesus on any given Sunday.


Christmas Show - “The Real Magical Meaning of Christmas”

The Christmas Show is a 1 hour show that features a delightful use of tubes, boxes, cards, ropes, chains, colorful scarves, puppets and Christmas music to incorporate fun magical stories about Santa Clause, the North Pole, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa’s Elves. At the beginning of the show, we will make our assistant appear out of an empty box. We will introduce everyone to our “little friends” and everyone will listen in as our puppets sing Christmas songs. Then the kids and parents will be amazed when a drawing of Santa Clause comes to life and talks to everyone! As the show continues, using lots of audience participation and humor, we will find The Real Magical Meaning of Christmas as Earl shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the dazzling effects of magic and illusion. Near the end of the show an invitation will be given for anyone to find the Real meaning of Christmas in their lives. The use of dazzling effects of magic and illusion will defiantly get your audience in the spirit of Christmas. We come in with backdrops, Christmas decorations, magical props, music and lots of entertainment. It is truly a magical event.


Easter Magic Show

Filled with music, comedy magic, balloon twisting, juggling, audience participation and story telling, Vertical Kids Ministry’s One hour Easter show will encourage and delight every audience member. In a fun and magical way the kids will experience Palm Sunday, the Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ as they participate on stage in the many colorful magic tricks. Through the magic, balloon twisting and story telling they will hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ and will have the opportunity to receive Him as their Savior.

This show is great for an Easter Egg Hunt Outreach, Sunday morning worship, Kid’s Church, Awana program or any other weekday program.


Other Possible Shows

Easter Show – great for Easter Egg Hunt outreaches or a Sunday Kid’s Church program.
Valentine’s Party; Fourth of July Celebration; Homecoming; Awards Ceremonies; Retreats; Back to School or End of School Bash; Youth Group Parties or Outreaches


Five Hour Creative Ministry Training Workshop

Have you ever wanted to take your youth group on a Mission Trip where they could share their faith without fear? Have you ever wanted to reach out to your community for Christ but don't know exactly how? We can show you how to put together a one day or one week outreach to kids or nursing homes by using Creative Ministry techniques. This five hour Creative Ministry Training includes basic puppet training, basic juggling, basic balloon twisting, and basic magic as well as a 30 minute show at the end that will show you how to tie all of the training together to share the Gospel.

Each participant receives a 25 page book of notes that we go through during the training. Then they get to take this home with them so they can continue their practicing.

A sample agenda for the day:
10:00 Basic Puppet Training / Practice (Everyone together)
11:00 Break
11:05 Basic Gospel Magic – Using magic to share the Gospel
       or  Basic Balloon Twisting – Hats and animals (split up)
11:55 Lunch
12:25 Basic Gospel Magic – Using magic to share the Gospel
        or Basic Balloon Twisting – Hats and animals (split up)
1:15 Break
1:20 Juggling - Basics of scarf and 3-ball juggling (Everyone together)
1:55 Break
2:00 Performance to tie everything into a ministry outreach
2:30 The End

We also provide one-hour individual classes for each of these. You can choose from:

  1. Basic puppet training
  2. Basic juggling
  3. Basic balloon twisting
  4. Basic Gospel magic

Balloon Twisting

Balloon creations are fun for ages 4 to 104!  From simple balloon animals for children to elaborate, colorful balloon hats for all ages, Kimberly will make your event memorable.

Colorful Balloons can Enhance Any
Special Event including:

Grand Openings
Birthday/Anniversary Parties
Valentine’s Day / St. Patrick's Day
Mardi Gras/New Year’s Eve
Tent Sales/Sidewalk Sales

Church events, Back 2 School Kick Offs

Festivals, Carnivals, Block Parties and Fairs

Even the colors of the balloons can add more meaning to special events, from a child's favorite color for their special birthday hat to the color of their favorite sports team.
Balloons are loved by all!! Everyone feels special when given the gift of a colorful balloon creation...and that's what it's all about!  The smiles, the memories and the magical feeling that balloons add to any special event!

Birthday Party

Having a children’s entertainer at your child's birthday party is a proven way to make the party truly special.

If you ask your child what their favorite day of the year is, the answer would probably be their birthday, followed by Christmas. Your child's birthday party is a BIG deal. Making your child's birthday really special is what it's all about. You want the best for your kids and if you make them happy they'll absolutely LOVE you for it!

Having a super fun comedy magic show with tons of audience participation that features your child as the "STAR" of the show is the way to go. He/she participates in many of the tricks and at the end of the show; you can choose to have Earl and Kimberly magically float your child on the Magic Table. Get ready to have a spectacular party. We’re packing our bag of tricks, practicing our magic words and looking forward to having a great time at your party.

Not only does your party receive a wonderful magic show, but you could also include balloon sculpturing for each of your child’s guests. Check with us on our birthday party packages.

“The kids all loved you at the birthday party. You did a great job. My five year old woke up in the middle of the night laughing and said he had dreamed about something funny you did in your act.”

God Bless!
Jennifer Patterson

“All of the kids at the birthday party were real hyper and non-stop, however you grabbed their attention and they sat intrigued through the whole show. That amazed me.”

Angie Kirby


Educational Shows for Schools, Libraries and Childcare Centers

There are several educational shows that are offered.

  1. Winter Wonder Reading Show

    This is more than an entertaining show, it is highly educational leaning toward celebrating and encouraging reading in your student's lives.
    This show features Frosty The Snowman puppet who appears out of an empty box. The kids will also see a snowball float in the air and then it disappears. The show includes lots of music, stories and illusions specially designed for the students. There are many colorful and visual routines that use audience participation and will keep everyone personally involved for 50-55 minutes.

  2. Christmas Story Telling Show

    This is a 50-55 min. show that features a delightful use of colorful silks, tubes, boxes, ropes, chains, lights, puppets and Christmas music to incorporate fun magical stories about Santa Clause, the North Pole, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Candy Canes and Santa’s Elves. Kids will see items appear and disappear. The children will be amazed as they watch a drawing of Santa Clause come alive right in front of their eyes!

  3. Spring Into Reading Show

    The Spring Into Reading Show for Schools and Libraries incorporates many things that are coming to life in the Spring; including blooming flowers, caterpillars turning into butterflies, a paper butterfly flying around magically, rabbit tricks (not live rabbits), an appearance with Petey our rabbit puppet and many more fun and amazing audience participation tricks. We tie all of this into talking about and showing different books about Spring and animal life during the Spring. We encourage the kids to keep on reading even through the summer months.

  4. Spooky Goofy Halloween Reading and Safety Show

    Come with us as we explore an old haunted castle to try to find the treasure. The kids discover that the treasure is really books. Your kids will giggle and laugh as they meet Mr. Bones who keeps falling apart, looses his head but then it reappears. Our friend Jack the Great Pumpkin will make an appearance and produce a big surprise. In one of the rooms of the castle the kids will meet Petey our rabbit puppet that will teach them Trick or Treat Safety. This show is filled with a lot of audience participation, comedy, music, stories, puppets and lots of magic.
  5. B.A.N.D. Together: No Bullies Allowed - Bully Assembly Program

    (The “B.A.N.D.” acronym explained)

    The message of this show is contained in the word “BAND”:

    B – be a buddy, not a bully
    A – attitude, avoid, ask for help
    N – nobody deserves to be bullied
    D – don’t join in, help instead!

    Using magic, audience participation, storytelling and comedy, these points are brought to life and taught to students in a fun, entertaining way!

Vertical Kids Ministry with Earl and Kimberly Long has ministered in many cities and states including Lynchburg, VA; Washington, DC; Danville, VA; Williamsburg, VA; Rocky Mount, NC; Easton, MD; Jamestown, TN; Martinsburg, WV; Kershaw, S.C.; Sebewaing, MI; Siler City, NC; Marion, VA; Gretna, VA; Earlysville, VA; Powhatan, VA; Madison Heights, VA; Pandora, OH; LaPlata, MD; Bedford, VA; Alta Vista, VA; Amherst, VA; Harrisonburg, VA; Appomattox, VA; Forest, VA; Colfax, NC; Muncy, PA; Bedford, VA; Stuarts Draft, VA; Concord, VA; Pineville, LA; Roanoke, VA; Asheboro, NC; Butler, PA; Richmond, VA; Clarksburg, WV; Seneca, SC; New Holland, PA; Mt. Airy, NC; Rustburg, VA; Salem, VA; Prince George, VA; Chantilly, VA; Huntsville, AL; Chickamauga, GA; Manassas, VA; Circleville, OH; New Albany, OH; Phenix, VA; Bealeton, VA; Big Island, VA; Cullman, AL; Scottsboro, Alabama; Scottsville, TX; Fairmont, Indiana; Dornsife, PA; Milton, PA; Lapel, IN; Marion, Indiana; Bryant, IN; Pigeon Forge, TN; Seaside Heights, NJ; Arrington, VA; Albemarle, NC; Lexington, VA; Dinwiddie, VA; South Chesterfield, VA; Denton, NC; Williamsburg, VA; Allentown, PA; Waynesboro, VA; Orlando, FL; Dungannon, VA; Athens, GA; Willow Grove, PA; Clearfield, PA; Sprouses Corner, VA; Seyfert, PA; Greenville, SC; Norfolk, NY; Morganton, NC; Conley Springs, NC; Gladys, VA; Stroudsburg, PA; Fort Worth, TX; Muncy, PA; Pine Grove, PA; Tuscaloosa, AL; Tuscumbia, AL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Rocky Mount, VA; Afton, VA; Kingsport, TN; Pleasant Garden, NC; Portsmouth, VA; Mineral, VA; Winston Salem, NC; Hurt VA; Thomasville, NC; Norfolk, VA; Goldsboro, MD; South Boston, VA; Rustburg, VA; Victory Mountain Camp, NC; Dry Fork, VA; Black Mountain, NC; Troy, NC; Star, NC; Mt. Pleasant, NC; LaPlata, MD; Greenville, Ohio; Birdsboro , PA; McAdenville, NC; Laurens, SC; Nathalie, VA; Fredericksburg, VA; Cherryville, PA; Linwood, PA; Milton, PA; Aston, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Willow Grove, PA; Suffolk, VA; Allentown, PA; Walnut Port, PA; North Myrtle Beach, SC; Evington, VA; Summerfield, NC; Table Rock, SC; Goshen, VA; Radford, VA; Fredericksburg, VA; Johnson City, TN; South Boston, VA; Leesburg, VA; Pleasant Garden, NC; Miami, FL; Jonesborough, TN; Piney Flats, TN; Mt. Dora, FL; Bristol, VA; Bristol, TN; Jonesville, VA; Canada, KY; Marion, IN; High Point, NC; Elizabethton, TN; Jonesville, VA; Blue Ridge, GA; North Mankato, MN; Clarksville, TN; Old Fort, NC; Watauga, TN; Chilhowie, VA; Warner Robins, GA; Jonesborough, TN; Sulpher Springs, TN; Erwin, TN; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Hope Hull, AL; Limestone, TN; Unicoi, TN; Central, SC; Galax, VA; Bluff City, TN; Gray, TN; St. Albans, WV; Gatlinburg, TN; Greeneville, TN; Newberry, SC; Franklin, WV; Garrett County, MD; Erwin, TN; Wise, VA; Clinton, SC; Berlin, OH; Ocean City, MD; Hurricane, WV; Jackson, MI; Johnstown, PA; Plattsburg, NY; St. Albans, WV.

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