There is no better way to illustrate God's word than drama - real people facing real life challenges right before real eyes and hearts.
We employed most as part of worship services, often just before the sermon. By presenting these scriptural illustrations, we gathered up the congregation's attention before the sermon and got it focused where the pastor wanted.
They also act as catalysts to bring a theater group together, or to facilitate discussion, or just to have some meaningful fun. And since these dramas can generally be presented with one or two actors, and a minimum set, they're easy to put on.
Use them as templates, too. Drama ministries are important to churches by getting the artists involved. These plays have worked for us, which should encourage you to create your own short plays designed for your church that these.
If you purchase a copy for yourself and each cast member, each play may be presented at least three times within a year from purchase of the cast member copies.
Here are the plays included:
The Phone Call
It's Thanksgiving and her son's in a war zone, undoubtedly in the enemy's crosshairs. He's to call home at 4pm and it's now 5. Is he okay? Is today the day of the worst news possible?
I Just Don't Have It!
Valeria owes Stephanie some money. Steph's cleaned her room. Worked hard on it, too. And Valerie promised Steph would get paid for her efforts. But will Steph get her money?
Rejecting Sin Because Of God's Good Gifts
For this Army Sergeant there are two reasons to obey. The first is being disciplined if you don't. The second because of the good that comes your way when you do. Add love for our savior to the list and those are also the reason you obey God.
Ministry or a Thing
The Women's Ministry at church is in panic mode. They need a new ministry and they don't have much time to find one.
Silver Surfer Dude: I got a B
The Silver Surfer Dude helps out Rebecca. She's in a real quandary. She just got a B in Math and although the rest of the world thinks that's a good grade, he father doesn't. And he's on the warpath.
Silver Surfer Dude: Love Can Hurt
The Silver Surfer Dude, soda jerk to the wave riders, helps out Rebecca. One of her best friends is talking about running away - and not to the circus.
Waiting for the Elevator
A well dressed woman, a woman of power, prestige, one filled with her own self-worth meets a poorly dressed woman at the elevator. Although the well dressed woman believes she's on her way to greatness, the poorly dressed woman may get there first.
The Hot Fudge Sundae
Jacki has a heart to heart discussion with a hot fudge sundae, one that seems to be calling to her, and one she'd love to answer
The Thread That Links Us (women) All
Performed as a dramatic poem, this explores that most wonderful passage in a woman's life, menopause.
Have you ever had a conversation like this? Far too many of us have. This was hard to write and it may be hard to listen to. But in today's families it's a conversation that takes place far too often.
Another use for them is to just enjoy them as you would a short story. In a very real sense, that's what they are - short stories without all that pesky narration.
So - enjoy and use.