A compilation of programs written for youth 10-16. A new author collection writing in contemporary and tradition formats and style for churches of all sizes and selected small groups. This program book also contains poems, quotes and reading to add to the enjoyment and inspiration during this special time in the church.
Every year, Christmas comes. And every year, in tiny congregations spread throughout the world, a director is stressing over the difficult task of producing a successful children's play. Realizing that church plays are often hard to produce because so few are written to meet children's needs and interests, Timothy Ayers decided to change that. Writing his own plays for the children within his church, Ayers collected his dramas into "Five Little Christmas Dramas for Today's Kids," hoping to help small churches creatively and freely encourage children to spread the message of Christmas. With titles ranging from "A Dress Rehearsal for Christmas" to "The "I Hate Christmas" Club," each drama presents a worthy reminder: Th ... more
There's a reason that Program Builders are a best-selling series: each edition is packed with the pieces you need to tailor make your own service, pageant, or program. Christmas No. 63 is brimming with recitations and readings for all ages to get every generation involved. Of special feature in this edition is a Christmas Eve service order titled 'Beyond December.'
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Four youth, rehearsing a church Christmas play, are perplexed about why everyone appears so busy at Christmas. Through a series of events, the youth learn, to their surprise, that the real meaning of Christmas is God's gift of Jesus. Highlights of this drama: - Easy-to-rehearse - Simple, yet powerful message - Parts for four youths, up to ten young children and two adults - Five original songs for young singers - Complete order of worship provided - Performance time from 35 to 45 minutes Phyllis Futer is a free-lance writer and member of the Leola United Methodist Church, Leola, Pennsylvania. Her special interest is youth and children's ministry. With the assistance of church musician, Lo ... more
Imagine that it's Christmas Eve and you're on your way to the store before the annual candlelight service. Suddenly you find yourself transported back in time to the night of the birth of the Messiah The places you're used to seeing are all gone; the usual trappings of modern society don't work. And, to top it off, you're placed in a situation where you have to help a young couple deal with having a baby -- with no hospital Yikes This imaginative chancel drama for Advent or Christmas will make the members of your congregation think about the night of Jesus' birth in a new way. A variety of ages can be used in the production from young children to older adults. The dialogue can be easily modified with local referen ... more
The events surrounding Easter undoubtedly stirred the hearts of those who knew Jesus during His short time on earth. Mary, Peter, Thomas, even Pilate's wife was moved by an encounter with the Messiah. With their perspectives in mind, this Easter Program Builder is packed with recitations, readings, scripts, and service ideas. This Easter, stir the hearts of your congregation and community with dramatic pieces that encourage an encounter with Christ - the Risen Christ Fresh. Creative
Unable to find a Christmas play for their congregation that would be appropriate for all age groups, three creative members of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Slatington, Pennsylvania, collaborated to create one of their own. They wrote a play that included humor and the Christmas miracle of family love. Easy to prepare and present, this short vignette about a Christmas tree and Christ's birth can be used and enjoyed by congregations of any size. This play, cast in a nature setting, involves a family (two parents and three children), an angel, and eleven youth, each representing a different variety of tree. The presentation includes the singing of Christmas carols and the decorating of a Christmas tree. ... more
There are essentially three views of life available to modern man. One might believe that God exists and provides a firm foundation for also believing that life has meaning, morality has warrant, human rights are not arbitrary, and that justice will ultimately prevail. Or one might believe that God does not exist but meaning, morality and the rest are possible nonetheless, or, thirdly, one might believe that God has "died" and that any hope for meaning, right and wrong, good and evil, human rights, etc. has died with him. In the Absence of God is the story of how, on a college campus in New England for three weeks in the beginning of one fall semester, the implications of these three views work themselves out. What kind ... more
"Beyond Bethlehem and Calvary: 12 Dramas for Christmas, Easter and More " is a collection of brief dramatic presentations that invites everyone, from the novice performer to the most experienced, to share basic Biblical truths in a variety of settings. Flexibility, ease of production, and themes that meet us where we live make this collection suitable for large or small groups, whether in a church setting or on the most rugged mission trip. The themes are universal. They include tough choices and their consequences, acceptance and rejection, and the impact of attitudes.
Each presentation includes: A title that identifies the content focus Related scripture A brief summary Props and costuming sugge ... more
The right material at the right price. Want to celebrate God and all His blessings? This Builder makes it simple for you to pull together a program for the Sunday closest to Thanksgiving or for anytime you want a service filled with thanks and praise. Featured are over 30 individual titles. So with three worship service orders with suggested music, choral scripture readings, and short pieces for children, youth and adults, you'll have the ease of tailoring this material to suit your particular church's needs. And it all comes at a great price. Buy Thanksgiving Program Builder No. 4 today
Trying to prepare a holiday children's program is often a stressful affair for both the youngsters, who worry about memorizing their lines, and for their directors, who tear their hair out trying to make sure everyone attends rehearsals, not to mention coordinating props and costumes. Mel Ann Coley has devised a way to lower the stress for everyone involved while still providing a meaningful experience. Her solution is in the form of a story told by a narrator, with children "acting out" their parts. This frees children from memorizing lines, makes the program very adaptable (it's easy to add or delete characters), and allows for many ages to participate. It's perfect for churches looking for a fun, easy-to-do resource t ... more
The angelic pronouncements, the courageous characters, the brilliant star - no holiday holds a candle to the wonder of Christmas. But all the fanfare is meaningless without exalting Jesus, our infant Savior, God in a manger. Boldly proclaim the hope of Christ with this newest installment of Christmas recitations and scripts for all ages, including Marion Arthur Kirby's comical one-act play Four Maps to Bethlehem.
When it comes to planning a program, a resource that is easy to use and filled with great ideas is a must. That's exactly what you'll find in this latest edition of our Christmas Program Builder Series. Material is included for every age, and No 57 features, recitations for children broken into age groups, four monologues that can be used for Advent wreath candle lightings, a story for worship services, a sketch, a play with suggested music for preschoolers through middle school age kids, and a warm and funny play within a play.
Elaine Fredrikson lives in Hudson, Wisconsin and has always enjoyed being a story teller. For several years she has had aspirations of writing children's books so this is her beginning.This is the first of what she hopes to become a series of Christmas programs for people who are reluctant to direct the annual pageant.Elaine is a pastor's wife and an elementary music teacher with a background in drama and stage production. She is currently teaching in the media center at a local elementary school.Cover photo by Emily Steffen.
Five Fun Plays for Christian Kids is exactly what it sounds like ...fun These plays are loaded with Bible hero adventures, funny lines, wild props, and page after page of action Travel through time to see the birth of Christ. Call down fire from heaven with Elijah. Swim away from a hungry whale with Jonah. Leap into the Lions' den with Daniel. Each adventure will leave kids laughing as their imaginations run wild Children will be eager to design their costumes, paint their props, and set up the stage for each adventure. They might even learn something, too Enjoy the Bible over and over again through these fun and exciting dramas.
This gripping tenebrae worship drama confronts your congregation with the powers of darkness and destruction that were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. Brief monlogues by Sorrow, Fear, Death, and four other shadowy personae (presented on stage or spoken from off stage), and an eerie, dimly lit stage create the somber and mournful mood that all Christians feel on this day. This flexible worship drama requires only a few easily obtained props -- a large cross, candles, and a spotlight. Costumes are optional and monologues can be either spoken or read. Whether presented alone or as part of a full-length service, this moving worship experience will leave your congregation prepared to fully appreciate the joyous ... more
Twelve Plays for Christmas ... but not a Partridge in a Pear Tree is a collection of Christian dramas written by Skip Martin that explore the true meaning of Christmas. With an average running time of between thirty and forty minutes, each of these dramas has already been performed before live audiences of more than ten thousand people. Filled with lively characters, witty dialogue, and plenty of humor, each story keeps in view the goal of helping audience members develop a better understanding of the gift of Christmas. Any of the scripts in Twelve Plays for Christmas would make an excellent addition to a church Christmas program, Singing Christmas Tree, or other church event.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most dramatic events in history. This Easter, stir the hearts and minds of your congregation with this new collection of creative recitations, readings, and dramatic scenes that tell the story afresh. With pieces designed for children, youth, and adults, your Easter service planning just got a bit easier. The lastest Easter Program Builder from Lillenas. Fresh. Creative. Lillenas.
Keith Hewitt is back with a second volume of cleverly developed nativity dramas in which he adapts biblical stories to popular television programs. In the same way Jesus communicated in a context that people of his time could relate to, Hewitt presents four sharp-witted takeoffs on something our culture can really relate to -- TV. The humorous yet reverent treatments of these biblical narratives will hold people's attention and breathe new life into traditional nativity texts. All four plays are specifically designed to be produced in churches, and can be easily staged by congregations of almost any size. Props are simple and easy to find. The four plays in this second volume are: "A Night for News" -- Taken from a CNN ( ... more
Ever seen a boring, dull, lame skit at church? How's therapy going? We're convinced church should be a place where creativity goes to thrive, not die. "Acting Out" combats dreary dramas, with the in. Bryan Belknap has crafted 20 user-friendly sketches that will help drive home the point of your message-or get students talking about the tough moments and choices of teenage life. Your students don't want spiritual propaganda-they want and need stories that help them to explore the human experience. For teenagers, experience supersedes cold, hard "facts," and stories facilitate an encounter with truth that applies directly to their own life situation-meanings that might be vastly unique. Each script will challenge d ... more
A clear, engaging description of the six most prevalent models of worship in North American churches, presented by advocates for each position. The contributors evaluate each position in order to broaden people's understanding of diverse models and shed light on an emotive issue.