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I ran across this story in my my email archives today. I had saved it as i thought the message was quite powerful. As it is getting close to Easter, I thought I’d share it with you as well. Use it with your youth or adults for a great message.

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From Johanan, Collector at Magdala
to Zacchaeus, Commissioner of Taxes at Jericho

Dear Zaccheus:

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“Missing”

Based on this verse in Matthew 28:4: “The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men”

Cast: 3 guards

If technically possible, start sketch with a flash of light or stage pyrotechnic explosion, and/or sound effect of explosion, earthquake, etc.

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Characters

  • Person (seen)
  • God (unseen)

 

Stage Setting

  • No particular setting is necessary, but it is good if the person could sit on a chair and lean on a table that has a Bible on it.

 

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BOB: Hey Becky, How ya doin?
BECKY: Great (freeze)
BOB: (To audience) This girl’s got an ego the size of a choir loft.
BECKY: How is School?
BOB: (Proudly) Pretty Good (freezes)
BECKY This is Mr. Athlete. I couldn’t care less, but in a minute he’ll rattle on and on about football, wrestling and baseball

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Through a partnership with Christian Counseling and Education Service (CCES) I am now able to offer you a wonderful resources for your drama or puppet ministry that will help your children to Learn, Love and Live the Word of God!

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By Rob Heverling (robhev@yahoo.com)
Used with Permission

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By Rob Heverling (robhev@yahoo.com)

Used with Permission

Steve is standing up front moving boxes around as if he is cleaning up when his friend Nate walks into the scene carrying a big heavy cross.

Nate- (out of breath) Hey Steve!

Steve – Hey Nate (looking at Nate curiously) uh…what are you doing with that cross Nate?

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From Johanan, Collector at Magdala
to
Zaechaeus, Commissioner of Taxes at Jericho

Dear Zaccheus,

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wanted_poster.jpgEver had done of those days when it seemed you couldn’t win no matter what you tried?

Characters

  • a mechanical quick-draw cowboy dressed in full cowboy attire
  • Three employees

 

Props
Two gun holsters and six-shooter play guns with blanks.

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Theme:
Monologue tells of a young shepherd who looks for the King announced to him by angels, and finds only a tiny baby in a dirty barn. The Christmas story through the uneducated but “opened” eyes of a shepherd boy.

Cast:
1 This drama involves one young adult male actor.

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(Introduction)
In kneeling position, fold hands in prayer and bow heads.

Our Father
Raise eyes upward.

Which art in Heaven
Raise arms straight upward, separating them on the word “heaven.”

Hallowed be Thy Name
Bring hands before face, then bend forward in a low bow with arms extended forward.

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  1. What is drama?
  2. Controversy Surrounding
  3. Ways to Utilize
  4. How to Get Started
  5. Resources

An excellent article on using drama in the church by Becky Fox

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Activity
This is like normal charades, but the items to be pantomimed are different emotions. Do not announce this beforehand, but let the groups figure it out for themselves. The person who guesses the emotion gets a point.

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The story of Christ’s Crucifixion as told by the cross on which he hung and died.

Script by Vickie A. Puffer

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dramashare.jpgMonologue about the builder of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Can be used at any time of year, including Easter. Based on the ideas in a script written by Kate Rothacker.

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Materials
Costumes and props related to the story (optional)

Game Play
Tell the group they are going to act out and photograph “freeze frames” of the important parts of the Easter story. Ask them to “Try to imagine how the Easter story happened 2000 years ago.” (You can provide Bible costumes and props for greater realism, but they are not

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The tale of the centurion

centurion.jpgThe sky was dark, gloomy, ominous.
A blackened canvas, awaiting a storm.

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Activity
Choose several events from the Easter story to be acted out by participants. Using these scenes, play a
game of charades.

Variation
Have participants re-enact the scenes in friezes–or stop-action scenes.

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Variation
Have the participants set up the scenes in the order that they happened. Take pictures of each pose.

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Materials
Costumes and props related to the story (optional)

Activity
Tell the group they are going to act out and photograph “freeze frames” of the important parts of the Christmas story. Ask them to “Try to imagine how the Christmas story happened 2000 years ago when Christ was born.” (You can provide Bible costumes and props for greater realism, but

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Materials
You’ll need 1 role card for each person, tape, and Bibles. A tape player and blues music are optional.

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Materials
Props for acting out the parables. These can extensive or minimalist depending on the creativity ad age of your participants. You might include biblical costumes, props mentioned in the parables, and objects that are focal to each parable. Alternatively, let youth find their own props for creative variations.

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Act out the Easter story with your youth. It will help them to remember the order of the events. It makes a great Children’s Message too!

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Setup

Break the youth into several groups of equal number. Have each group form a line, sitting side-by-side in chairs. Have an empty chair at the front of each group. Create a list of index cards containing the actions.

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A plastic bag for each participant

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