Today was the big Sunday School play at church! The kids and I spent a good bit of the last week preparing for the show, and tonight we’re breathing a sigh of relief because both performances are under our belts and the play is finished and now we can go ahead and move on with the rest of Christmas prep.
But greater than that, the play was a total success! The other moms and grandmothers and I worked with a great bunch of kids — I think 20 of them all together — and I see lots of potential in each of them. Most of them are in this dress-rehearsal picture:
Below I’m sharing the script for the play, because there might be a reader who wanted to make it to one of the performances but couldn’t, or there might be someone who came to the play but couldn’t understand all the words, or most likely there’s a random reader of my blog out there somewhere who has no idea who any of us are but is a little bit interested in what our Sunday School play looked like. This play is pretty specific to our church; some of the parts are modeled after actual adults in our church. The joke at the end (about the candy) specifically is designed to poke friendly fun at real-life Waine. But the larger story here pretty much wraps up what I believe is important about Christmas. Enjoy!
Pastor — Charles
Waine Junior / Organ Player — Chamron
Deacon Greg — Asher
Princess — Ashlynn
Indian — Colt
Isaiah — Gabby
Mary — Emi
Angel Gabriel — Rylee
Angel — Livia
Joseph OR Lights — Kason
Baby Jesus — Elsie
Shepherd 1 — Jesse
Shepherds — Marsi, Godrick, Kolton, Hannah
Wise Men — Dean, Muggins, Silas
Star / “Silent Night” Solo — Isabella
Playing Church (A Sunday School Christmas Play)
Pastor: (at the pulpit, wait for silence, clear throat) And now it’s time for the children’s sermon. Waine Junior?
Waine Junior: (comes from the pew to the stairs, stands to the side) Are there any children here today? Come right up!
(Princess and Indian come from pews and sit on stairs)
Waine Junior: Kids, do any of you know the story of THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS? That’s what I want to talk about today. You can find the whole story right here in my favorite book… (holds up a Bible)… the Bible. On the first Christmas, a little baby named Jesus was born in a stable in a town called Bethlehem way far across the ocean. Now, Jesus wasn’t just any baby. He was actually God’s son, come to earth disguised as a baby! Isn’t that a good idea? Do any of you like to wear disguises?
Princess: I like to dress up like a princess!
Indian: I like to dress up like an Indian!
Waine Junior: I see that. Well, you can think of God’s son Jesus, come down from heaven to visit us, and he was dressed up as a… what?
All: A BABY!
Waine Junior: That’s right. Now, I think we should hear the story from the beginning. Pastor, can you enlighten us?
Pastor: You bet, Waine Junior.
(Waine Junior and children move to front pew)
Pastor: (speaking into microphone) The story of Jesus actually begins at the start of the Bible, thousands of year before Jesus was born. God saw that we humans were having a hard time getting along — both with God and with others. He really wanted us to be happy with him in heaven, but he knew we weren’t good enough. So God came up with a plan: to send us a Savior. God told Adam and Eve that a Savior would be coming. But eventually Adam and Eve died… and thousands of years passed… and no sign of the Savior! Then, 700 years before Jesus was finally born, a preacher named Isaiah started telling people that a special baby was coming.
Isaiah: (comes from choir loft and stands center stage, speaking in a loud, excited voice with arms held wide) For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders! And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!
(Isaiah returns to choir loft)
Pastor: Now, people were very excited about what Isaiah had to say. The problem was, that baby didn’t show up FOR SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS! Do you kids ever get tired of waiting? Are you tired of waiting for Christmas to get here? (wait for kids to agree) Well, God’s people were sure getting impatient waiting for their Savior to show up. Then… (pause for drama)… about two thousand years ago, an angel told a young woman named Mary that she was going to have that special baby.
(Angels and Mary enter from choir loft — Angels stand atop bench and Mary kneels before them so she can see both Angels and congregation)
Pastor: Deacon Greg, what does the Bible say about Mary and the angel?
(Deacon Greg stands from congregation and comes to pulpit)
Deacon Greg: Luke chapter 1, verses 26 through 33, says this. God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said…
Angel Gabriel: Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!
Deacon Greg: Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. The angel told her…
Angel Gabriel: Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! You will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!
Mary: (speaking to congregation) I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.
(Mary and Angels return to choir loft)
Deacon Greg: In Luke chapter 2 the Bible says, At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, said that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, who was now obviously pregnant.
(Joseph and Mary leave choir loft and cross stage to stable backdrop)
Joseph: (optional) We’re almost there, Mary.
(Joseph and Mary kneel, facing congregation)
Pastor: And while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.
(Baby Jesus is delivered to the stable)
(Shepherds stand from front pew and gather at base of stairs. Angels enter from choir loft and stand on bench. Shepherd 1 stands at top of stairs facing Angel with side of face toward congregation)
Pastor: That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel said…
Angel Gabriel: Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem. And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a babe wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. (Angel Gabriel recites these words as Angel repeats:) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!
Shepherd 1: Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.
(Shepherds move to kneel at manger. Angels exit to choir loft)
Pastor: (after everyone is settled) The night Jesus was born, a brilliant new star appeared in the sky.
(Star enters stage and climbs atop chair)
Pastor: Some very wise men from eastern lands noticed the star and knew it meant something important. They decided to travel to the place where the star shone down. They went a long, long ways, and finally the star led them to Jesus.
Deacon Greg: Matthew chapter 2 verses 9 through 11 says, They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
(wise men enter from doors in rear of sanctuary, proceed up the aisle and deliver gifts to Jesus, then exit out rear door if necessary. When noise has subsided, Organ Player begins to play and Star sings “Silent Night.”)
(after song, pause for dramatic effect, then Star returns to choir loft. Waine Junior and children move back to the steps. Waine takes microphone before speaking.)
Waine Junior: (speaking loudly, gesturing with hands) And that, kids, is the story of The Very First Christmas. What do you think?
Indian: (thoughtfully) I’m just wondering… what about the PRESENTS?!
Wayne Junior: (laughs) Good question! You know that Jesus was the ORIGINAL Christmas present, right? He is God’s gift for all people. We celebrate Jesus’ birthday each Christmas. And you know what else? The wise men brought PRESENTS to Baby Jesus! What were they again?
Indian: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh!
Waine Junior: That’s right! Just like the wise men, we give gifts to others at Christmastime. When we do, we’re remembering that first Christmas. (pause for dramatic effect) WELL, I THINK THAT’S ABOUT IT. AM I FORGETTING ANYTHING?
Princess: (raises hand) What about them? (points to congregation) Do they get presents?
Waine Junior: HMMMMM. WELL, I’VE GOT ALL THIS CANDY I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH…
ALL: (stand and together say:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS! (kids leave stage and pass out candy to everyone in the congregation; Rylee leads in singing “Jesus Loves Me”)
© Tami Blake