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You now have at your fingertips 52 fun, easy-to-use Bible skits. Use them to spice up a lesson, fill an extra few minutes at the end of class, or as a weekly lesson launcher-for an entire year!
These skits don't require costumes, rehearsals, or elaborate props. If you've got a room full of kids and an open area to use as a stage, you have everything necessary to pull off a skit on short notice.
But maybe you're new to using drama in your children's ministry. You're wondering how to guarantee that each skit will be kid-pleasing...memorable...and will make for solid Bible learning.
Here's some practical advice for getting the most from each and every skit?Keep the first thing first.
What exactly is the "first thing"? Hint: It's not the quality of your performance.
There's no Oscar awarded in the category of "Best Children's Ministry Skit." You and your kids are under no pressure to put on a flawless production.
So relax, and focus instead on getting every child involved in each skit. Because while the quality of the production isn't critical, the quality of the learning is, and involved children learn more and retain what they learn longer.
Use the debriefing questions provided at the end of each skit, and you'll engage children even more completely. You'll cement the learning even firmer in kids' minds and hearts.
Play the role of Narrator yourself. The Narrator is an important role. The Narrator has the most difficult lines, directs the action, sets the pace, and acts as a prompter. If you're acting as the Narrator, you'll be able to manage the flow of the skit.
Make it safe forchildren to be in the skits.
Some children take to the stage like ducks to water. They love having the spotlight turned their direction. They're natural-born thespians. But other children become anxious when asked to speak in front of a crowd, and in their minds, "crowd" means two or more people. For shy children, the notion of being in a skit inspires terror.
It's your job to make certain that participating in skits is a positive, safe experience for everyone. Here are three ways to meet that goal:
Be sensitive to reading skills. Children with speaking roles will read their lines aloud. Don't place children with shaky reading skills in roles that have a lot of lines unless you give them a chance to prepare ahead of time.
Don't pressure children into roles. It's easy for us to think cajoling children into activities is doing them a favor. We figure once children jump in, they'll enjoy themselves.
But that may not be true at all. If a child is uncomfortable in a speaking role, cast that child in a nonspeaking, group role. If a child is uncomfortable with even that, give the child the role of prompter, Flipper of the Light Switch, or any other
off-stage role you can create.
But at all costs, get every child involved in some way. In these skits, there's no such thing as an audience-only participants!
Be affirming-and don't allow criticism. Maybe Jerry stumbled over his lines or missed a cue-so what? Who cares? You set the tone when it comes to generating applause and overlooking blunders, so be deliberately gracious. Don't sweat the stage.
In a perfect world, you have a large elevated area at one end of your room. It's lit professionally, and the sound technician takes care of all the microphones. Don't live in that world? Neither do most people. All you need is an open area so kids can move around easily. And depending on the number of children in your ministry, you don't even need a large area. The fun isn't in the staging, props, and costumes. It's in getting kids involved and learning!
Do sweat the staging.
Each skit provides a quick description about where kids are standing when the skit starts and provides information about moving around the stage. It's worth noting these instructions because they let children move in logical ways through the skit.
Just in case you're not familiar with stage directions, here's a cheat sheet for your use. Use the CD to make skits come alive.
Each skit comes with a specific sound effect that helps set the stage for your skit. Sometimes it's a background sound you'll play nonstop throughout the skit. Other times it's a very specific sound you'll use to highlight an element of the narrative.
Place your CD player where you can easily reach it, and adjust the sound before the skit begins. Finally-have fun!
Kids take their cues-literally and emotionally-from you. If you're having fun, your kids will, too. So have a blast with these skits...and enjoy leading your kids into a deeper understanding of 52 must-know Bible events!
A Word About Photocopying Scripts and CDs
Feel free to make as many copies of scripts as you desire for use in your own church's ministries. You have complete permission to do so, whether you need two scripts or 200.
And a suggestion: When you photocopy scripts for your children, hit the "enlarge" button on your copier. The larger print will be easier for some children to read. We enlarged pages 20% and the script pages easily fit on an 81/2 x11-inch sheet.
The CD can't be legally reproduced, however. Use it in your ministry, but please don't burn additional copies.
Thanks for demonstrating integrity to the children you serve in how you use this ministry resource.