Harvest
Theme: We have become so used to the idea that we get our food from supermarkets that even country-folk dont appreciate the work of the farmers, and the gift of God that is the food we eat.
Staging: I envisage two old men in country clothing leaning on a fence as they talk. Or they could be seated at a table in a village pub.

Cyril and Bert, come on stage. Both are dressed as country farming types, and speak with a rural accent. You can almost smell the dirt on their shoes.

CYRIL: I love harvest time Bert. Don't you?

BERT: I do Cyril. I love it.

CYRIL: A day to celebrate all the effort that goes into getting our food onto our tables.

BERT: Aye.

CYRIL: All that list making, and car parking, and trolley pushing and price comparing, and till queuing and bill reckoning and basket filling and car-boot loading. And remembering to take your own bags with you, and collecting them nectar points.

BERT: Aye Cyril, it's hard work indeed.

CYRIL: The kids of today have no idea do they?

BERT: No idea at all.

CYRIL: My grand children you know. They think it's easy. They think it's easy doing all these trips to the supermarket. But I tells 'em, when they go on about there being no more apples in the fruit bowl, I tells 'em, "They don't grow on trees you know." And that soon shuts 'em up.

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Harvest 2
Theme: A sketch aimed at those who come to church for Christmas and harvest, simply pointing out the purpose of the service.
Staging: Imagine this being at a very posh dinner party.

Two rather well dressed city types come together on stage. Both carry wine glasses which they raise to each other.


DUNCAN: Cheers.

NORMAN: Cheers.

DUNCAN: Lovely party. I always do love a good harvest festival 'do'

NORMAN: Me too. Me too. Lovely time of year isn't it? Very special, very special. All the fairy lights and the trimmings. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Singing carols and thinking about the little baby Jesus. And all the cards you get from....

DUNCAN: No, Norman, Norman. I think you'll find that's Christmas.

NORMAN: Is it?

DUNCAN: I'm no expert on these things but traditionally in the Christian calendar, the little baby Jesus is Christmas.

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Cows
Theme: Joseph's story is never really told in the Bible. Indeed he is an entirely peripheral figure. This telling of the Christmas story tries to tell the importance of birth of Jesus through the eyes of the man who would be his earthly father.
Staging: This is set in the barn. A cow costume of sorts is essential for the cows, for comic effect as well as to make it obvious.

Three actors dressed as cows are huddled in one corner, mooing as if to prompt one of their number to approach Joseph who stands centre stage looking pensive. Cow 1, finally comes over to Joseph.


Cow 1: Moo.

Joseph: Hello. You're a big fella aren't you?

Cow 1: Well I'm not a fella as it happens, but thanks for the compliment.

Joseph pats the cow's head.


Joseph: I wonder what you would say to all this if only you could speak?

Cow 1: I'd start by telling you to get your hands off my bloomin horns mate. You have no idea how much it hurts when you do that.

Joseph: It's certainly been a night hasn't it?

Cow 1: Right, well that's it basically, me and the girls, and for the record, we're all girls. It's the udders that give it away. We were wondering what on earth is going on?

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Lost
Theme: Jesus and God are often compared to shepherds. What would a shepherd make of this comparison?
Staging: The idea is that this scene is set during the time of Jesus, but staged in the 20th C setting of a village bar.

Two shepherds in middle east dress sit at a table. Shepherd 2 has a pint of beer.


Man 1: I went to listen to that Jesus of Nazareth last night.

Man 2: Yea?

Man 1: Yea.

Man 2: I was going to go but I couldn't get a ticket.

Man 1: I didn't see anything about needing a ticket.

Man 2: No?

Man 1: But then I'm a shepherd so even if I had seen something, I wouldn't have been able to read it.

Man 2: I've got that problem.

Man 1: And even if I could read, I've got no money to buy a ticket. And even if I had money I wouldn't know how much I'd got.

Man 2: You can't count either?

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Letter
Theme: So much of what we think of as proper Christian behaviour is cultural rather than scriptural. This letter from St Paul attempts to illustrate that.
Staging: A man in Biblical dress sits at a table with a candle, a feather quill pen, and he writes.

A man in Biblical dress sits at a table, writing a letter.


PAUL: Paul, an apostle of Christ, by the will of God. Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and all the apostles, and saints, and Bertha, you remember her, the fat girl, from Ephesus, the one with the pigtails. Praise be to the God and Father of all compassion, whose love knows no bounds especially for the middle classes. I always pray for you with joy in my heart because I recall the great Sunday lunches that you are always able to provide us with, and the fact that you ardently seek the path towards keeping your noses clean and not ruffling anyone's feathers. Truly, it is God's will for all of us, that we get along nicely with our neighbours, in a spirit of love and truth, and "don't mind me, I'll be next door if you need me." The last time I wrote to you, there was trouble between Sheila and Fergus and the height of that leylandi bush between their gardens. I urge you brothers and sisters to resolve this conflict

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Sing of his love forever
Theme: We all sing hymns and songs, sometimes with feeling, sometimes without. But do we ever stop to realise exactly what we are singing? Does it matter?
Staging: No special staging is required.

Sing of his love forever

Music leader stands with guitar at centre of stage. Sally comes on with a sheaf of papers in her hand.

SALLY: Ok, Bill, I've got it.

LEADER: You sure?

SALLY: Yea. Absolutely. I've re-written the worship song, and I'm absolutely certain our congregation will be happy to sing along.

LEADER: It was a popular song before, you know. "I could sing of your love forever". People like it. They'll notice the changes.

SALLY: They will. But they'll approve. Trust me.

LEADER: Ok. Well let's have a look then.

Sally may use overhead projector or PC projector to display the lines one at a time, or may just read them out.


SALLY: Ok, so .... "Over the mountains and the sea, Your river runs with love for me.."

LEADER: That's just the same as the original.

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Guards of the tomb
Theme: What happened to the guard of the tomb? This sketch tells the Easter story from his point of view having been posted to the ends of the earth as punishment after the resurrection.
Staging: The idea is that this is a VERY cold place, and the guards are patrolling. If possible hire or make a couple of Roman helmets, and give the guards swords and shields.

Two Roman soldiers with swords and spears walk together as if on sentry duty.


SOLDIER1: By Jupiter, this must be the worst posting in the whole of the Roman army. It's so cold!

SOLDIER2: Yea. It's freezing alright. Last night was so cold, my hand got frozen to my sword. Absolute nightmare when I needed a wee.

SOLDIER1: So what did you do to deserve a posting here?

SOLDIER2: Not a lot.

SOLDIER1: Really?

SOLDIER2: No. You can't get away with doing "not a lot" in the Roman army though can you? The generals notice. The main problem was, we are supposed to be centurions right?

SOLDIER1: . Yea.

SOLDIER2: Well, there were a hundred and one of us. Someone at head office miscounted. Every time we formed ranks, I stood out like a sore thumb. When we did country dancing I never had a partner.

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Psalm 23
Theme: There are certain Psalms and certain passages of the Bible that we tend to pay more attention to. Psalm 23 is one such. This sketch makes a simple appeal to look beyond the familiar to discover more about God.
Staging: The idea is that the characters are from Biblical times, but the setting is like a store that sells music and DVDs.

A shop assistant stands at his shop counter. A couple of posters (or an introduction from a narrator) indicate it's a record/CD store from a thousand years BC. Enter customer.


Customer: Ah hello.

Assistant: Afternoon.

Customer: I was wondering if you'd got the new Psalm in yet?

Assistant: The new one?

Customer: I think it was released last Thursday. Psalm 26.

Assistant: Just a moment sir. I'll have a look. (He disappears under the counter and emerges with a scroll.) Here we are.

Customer: Can I have a listen?

Assistant: Sure. "Vindicate me oh Lord for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Test me, O lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me and I walk continually in your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort .....

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Blind leading the blind
Theme: Jesus warned against false teaching in many ways. This sketch does not make specific reference to the words of Jesus, but does illustrate the folly of the blind leading the blind.
Staging: The scene is set in an office. A desk and chair are an absolute minimum as props. A sales chart would also help.

The boss is sitting in his chair behind a desk, and he is wearing an airline eye mask. There is a knock. Smith fumbles his way in to the room. He also wears an eye mask. The boss stirs.


Boss: Come in.

Smith: I think I am in.

Boss: Hello?

Smith: Hello?

Boss: Anyone there?

Smith: Is this the bathroom?

Boss: I hope not.

Smith: Are you sure?

Boss: If it is, I've just tried photocopying some papers under a toilet seat.

Smith: Sir? Is that you?

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Angel Audition
Theme: This is a sketch to tell the Christmas story making it clear that the baby was born to be the saviour of the world.
Staging: You should imagine this being set in the character's own house. Perhaps a bedroom.

John, wearing a long white dress, comes forward, solemnly. He places a tape deck on the floor and hits the play button. The sound of sheep bleating plays from the speakers. When the bleating stops...


John: (In his normal voice) Do not be afraid, for today. (He coughs, stoops down a little and lowers his voice) Do not be afraid. (He stoops lower and his voice deepens) Do not be afraid.

Helen: (Helen enters.) John?

John: (He straightens, embarrassed) Oh hi.

Helen: What are you doing?

John: Erm.

Helen: What have I told you before about wearing my clothes?

John: Not to do it without your permission.

Helen: And have you got my permission?

John: I didn't have time. The audition's today.

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Crucifixion
Theme: It is not easy to make the story of the crucifixion funny! So this sketch is about 3 actors trying to do just that, at the same time as telling the story.
Staging: No special staging is required.

Three actors come on stage.

STEVE: Ok Jim, Peter, thanks for coming to the drama workshop. What I'm after is a really funny sketch that we can perform at the Good Friday service.

JIM: Funny? I'm not sure about that Steve? What's funny about Good Friday?

STEVE: Well, no, I know it's not exactly a comedy classic, but there must be something.

JIM: I don't know. It's a bit......

STEVE: What if, what if, we had Peter, as the star, (He pushes Peter forward, and Peter looks proud as Steve manoeuvres Peter's arms out as if he is on the cross) stark naked, all beaten up, and bleeding, nailed to a cross in the centre of the church, and.....(Peter looks less than happy)

JIM: Whoa, hang on a minute.

STEVE: What?

JIM: Peter nailed to a cross?

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Six kings
Theme: Who are we following this Christmas. The three kings on their way to the manger, or the three kings on their way to a fancy dress party?
Staging: No special staging is required.

Three men enter from stage left, all wearing modern dress except each wears a crown.

BOB: How much further?

ALAN: (Looking out) I don't know. I'm sure it's over there. Maybe a mile.

CHARLES: A mile!

ALAN: Don't blame me. Your donkey had the puncture.

CHARLES: I know.

ALAN: I told you not to buy it didn't I? I told you.

CHARLES: Oh shut up. (He pushes Alan and a low level scuffle ensues)

Three men dressed more regally enter from stage right. Proper robes and crowns this time.


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Beggar
Theme: Do we give to people according to their need or according to an idea that we hold about their value?
Staging: No special staging required, though the beggar needs to dress as if he has nothing, and the posh man must dress well.

A beggar encounters a posh, suited man in the street.

BEGGAR: Spare a penny for a cup of tea guvnor.

MAN: I don't think so.

BEGGAR: (sadly) Oh.

MAN: You probably aren't even a proper beggar.

BEGGAR: A proper beggar?

MAN: I expect you've got some bed in a hostel.

BEGGAR: No ......

MAN: You probably earn more than I do.

BEGGAR: I don't th.....

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Couple
Theme: It is easy to overlook the humility and simplicity of Mary and Joseph (in fact the whole of that society) compared to our own standards and sense of importance. Which of us would accept a place in the stable?
Staging: Perhaps a table to suggest a reception desk.

A young couple in Biblical dress turn up at an inn. She is pregnant. They knock and the innkeeper answers the door.


INNKEEPER: Morning.

JOE: Hello. Have you got a room?

INNKEEPER: I've got loads of rooms mate.

JOE: Oh thank goodness for that. I'll get the bags.

INNKEEPER: I just haven't got any free.

JOE: Oh. It's just that my wife is pregnant.

INNKEEPER: Nothing to do with me mate.

JOE: Well, nothing to do with me as it happens, but she is my responsibility and we need somewhere to stay.

INNKEEPER: There is the stable.

JOE: Ok...... Well, it's a roof isn't it?

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Fish
Theme: What was the point of Jesus helping the disciples to land a big catch of fish? Was it just to impress them, to feed them, to make them rich, or to demonstrate a bigger point? What would people have made of it at the time?
Staging: Provide Peter's mother with some pans, a table and a pinafore to establish a homely setting. Otherwise not much else is needed.

Peter's mum is working at the kitchen. Peter enters


Peter: Hi Mum.

Mum: Hello. Simon.. Pete.. Simon Peter, whatever it is we have to call you these days. Had a nice day feeding the sheep?

Peter: Mum. There aren't any sheep.

Mum: I thought that Jesus asked you to feed his sheep.

Peter: It was a metaphor.

Mum: Oh.. Well have you had a nice day feeding his metaphors?

Peter: No mum. No, never mind. What's for supper?

Mum: We're having fish.

Peter: (a bit disappointed) Again?

Mum: Yes Simon. Peter. Since you haven't got any sheep, we can't have lamb can we?

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Forsaken
Theme: If God sometimes appears to be absent from our lives, it is because we have excluded HIM when it suited us to do so.
Staging: All you need is enough space for the actors to move apart from each other.

Four people line up side by side on stage. From Left to Right, Actor 1 through to Actor 4. Every time he/she speak, Actor 4 moves a little apart from the line, imperceptible at first, but more obvious by the end.


Actor 1: As a parent, I think it's right that God is kept out of school assemblies. Kids should make their own choices.

Actor 4: Ok, I can see some logic.

Actor 2: As a businessman, I tend to think business should just be about profit. Religion is a very different issue.

Actor 4: It's a point of view.

Actor 3: When I'm at home, I can't be doing with TV programmes that seem to have 'a message'!

Actor 4: They are a little bit sicky aren't they?

Actor 1: Must be honest, when I do get freetime, the last thing I want to do is pray.

Actor 4: It's a bind isn't it, but..?

Actor 2: You know what I think? You should never mix politics and religion.

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Giving
Theme: Giving is one of those sensitive subjects for any church, but not talking about it openly means that the topic is open to even greater misunderstanding.
Staging: A desk, and several bells, whistles or hooters that can be played when needed.

A big man in a very smart suit stands at a table. On the table is an array of bells and horns.


Man: Good morning. I'm from the Ecumenical Church Council of Sensitive Subjects and I'm here to talk about

He rings bell 1.

Man: Now the subject of

He rings bell 1.

Man: can be very embarrassing for some members of the church, so instead of actually saying the words

He rings bell 1.

Man: I shall be ringing this bell. I shall be doing something very similar when I discuss the related topics of

He rings bells 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Man: and

He squeezes the horn.

Man: Now, one reason why the subject of

He rings bell 1.

Man: is embarrassing is because it is not often discussed openly in church. Many people therefore don't know if they're doing right, don't know if it's pleasing to God, and don't know how often other people are doing it. Given that this congregation represents a good mixture of society I would imagine that some of you are

He rings bell 1.

Man: more often than you probably ought to, some are doing it often enough, and some of you haven't really sorted out in your minds if and how you should be doing .

He rings bell 1.

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Goodness
Theme: Are any of us GOOD. A lot of people associate being Christian with being good, but even the winner of an award for being good, can be shown to have failings.
Staging: No special staging is required.

Phil stands at a podium with something that looks like a trophy.

Phil: Well, thank you very much. We now come to our next award of the evening, and our viewers have voted in their twos and threes for this one. So, the winner of the TV award for Good person of the year is (he opens an envelope) Pete Smith.

Phil leads the congregation in applause, as Pete comes to the podium. The two men embrace. Pete waves.

Phil: So Pete. How's it feel to be so good?

Pete: Wow. It's amazing. It's incredible. I had no idea. I mean when I knew who I was up against. [Name a few people from your own congregation] I mean, I didn't think I had a chance.

Phil: So are you ready to say a few words?

Pete: Well you know, it's such a surprise....

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Healing
Theme: Why doesn’t God heal everyone who asks for healing? This skit does not claim to have all the answers but maybe it offers some food for thought.
Staging: A desk and two chairs.

Mr Smith enters the doctor's surgery very stiffly. The doctor (God ) sits behind a desk, wearing a white coat, and stethoscope.


GOD: Hello Mr Smith. Take a seat. How can I help you?

SMITH: Thankyou God. I'd like you to heal me please.

GOD: Ah ha..... and..

SMITH: That's it.

GOD: And why would you like to be healed?

SMITH: Well, I'm not very well. There's a lot of pain.

GOD: Ah ha.

SMITH: So, I'd like to not have any pain.

GOD: Yes I can see that. Ok, let's say I heal you. What difference will it make?

SMITH: Well I won't be in pain.

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Ten Commandments
Theme: Just a different way of presenting the 10 commandments to an audience/congregation.
Staging: Five people seated behind a long desk.

Host: Good evening and welcome to Just a Moses Minute, the game show where contestants must speak for one minute on a given topic without repetition, deviation, hesitation or breaking any of the ten commandments. You know the contestants already, so Peter it's your turn to start and your word is Jam. So, please tell us something about jam, and your minute starts now.......

A buzzer sounds

Peter: I love jam more than anything else.

Host: And Janice has interrupted.

Janice: You're not to love anything more than God.

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Jesus Knocks
Theme: Jesus wants to have a relationship with all of us, including the people that we might find unattractive. Staging: A table set for a meal. The two characters must dress as shabbily as they can.

Bob sits at a dinner table. He's scruffy and rough. Janet comes through and throws a plate of food in his direction. She also looks rough. They are a most unattractive couple.


Janet: There!!

Bob: (Looking disgusted) What's this?

Janet: According to Nigella, who is like the TV chef what I am most like, it's Warm Mousseline of Sussex Duck stuffed with Cave Matured Roquefort and Fresh Harvested Walnuts with a Sauce of Sorrel Hollandaise and Julienne of Russet Apples.

Bob: You're having a laugh. There's no way that's a warm mou thing. For a start, it's cold.

Janet: So? It's not duck neither.

Bob: Well what is it?

Janet: It's bread innit?

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Salad
Theme: God's love is like salad. It is always there (on the menu), but we need to chose it to benefit.
Staging: Set a table with a white cloth and wine glasses to mimic a restaurant.

Two well-dressed diners are sitting at the restaurant table. A waiter comes with menus and opens one for each diner.


Waiter: Good evening sir, madam. Might I suggest the salad with a choice...

Man: Well you might, but I know what I'm having. (The man closes the menu without looking.)

Waiter: Very good sir.

Man: Just give me a burnt steak, covered in lumpy custard, frozen peas and a chocolate flake.

Waiter: Erm.

Man: And she'll have fried bacon, fried beans, fried egg and fried toast. Only go light on the bacon. She's on a diet.

Waiter: Yes sir. If I might suggest the salad. Chef is very

Man: You can suggest what you like mate, I've told you what I want.

Waiter: Very well sir. Can I get you a drink while you're waiting? We have some exceptional wines.

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Techno
Theme: We have lots of excuses for not sharing the Gospel. But the first evangelists spread the word without any of the technology that we might use.
Staging: No special staging is required.

Two disciples walk on together.

DISCIPLE A: So. What do you think of that then?

DISCIPLE B: It's a big ask.He wants us to go out into the whole world and spread the gospel!

DISCIPLE A: I know.

DISCIPLE B: I mean, the WHOLE world. Not even the whole known world.

DISCIPLE A: Or the bit where I go on holiday.

DISCIPLE B: (surprised) You go on holiday?

DISCIPLE A: Not exactly.

DISCIPLE B: But you do go away?

DISCIPLE A: Not exactly.

DISCIPLE B: What do you do?

DISCIPLE A: Once a year, I sleep the other way round in bed.

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Tramps
Theme: It is right to feel sympathy for those who have nothing, especially at Christmas. But maybe, we also need to question our own excesses, and perhaps those who have nothing have reason to feel sympathy for us.
Staging: No special staging is required, just two or three chairs together to represent a bench.

Tramp A is sitting on a bench. Enter tramp B, who also sits. Both wear dirty clothes. Tramp A begins to wrap newspaper across his legs. Both speak in very posh accents.

TRAMP 1: Evening.

TRAMP 2: Good evening.

TRAMP 1: All ready for Christmas?

TRAMP 2: Yes, I think so?

TRAMP 1: Got all your presents?

TRAMP 2: (He shows a can of lager) Opened it already. Couldn't wait old boy. Couldn't wait.

TRAMP 1: Going away at all?

TRAMP 2: Oh yes. Yes, I've got a lovely bench in the south of the park. I always go to at this time of year.

TRAMP 1: I imagine it's a little warmer eh?

TRAMP 2: Absolutely, it's a lot warmer. Last Christmas, I'd say it was about minus ten over here, but over there, easily, easily minus nine.

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