Ready-to-Go Scripture Skits
That Teach Serious Stuff
Lights! Scripture! Action!
Ready-to-Go Scripture Skits engages and involves young people in an active form of learning that is hard to beat. It achieves MLP (maximum learning potential) through FLP (full laugh potential), and the skits are so off-the-wall that you will have no problem involving just about everybody in your group one way or another (actually, most will have no choice in the matter!).
Each of the 10 sessions in this book uses an intentional three-act process to help the young people explore the Scriptures and apply them to their lives today:
Act 1: Engage—grabs the young people's attention by getting them to perform an outrageous and spontaneous Scripture skit.
Act 2: Examine—leads them to a deeper insight by explaining the historical context and meaning of the key elements in the Scripture skit.
Act 3: Explore—brings it all home by helping them apply the meaning of the Scripture story to their lives today.
The sessions are perfect for religious education classes, youth groups, campus ministry events, retreats, lock-ins, and intergenerational and family programs. Best of all, the ready-to-go skits are just that: ready-to-go. Few props are used, no lines need to be memorized, and no characters need to be developed.
Copyright: Sept. 7, 2004
Size: 8.5 x 11
Length: 104 pages
By Diann M. Chase
By Mike Patin, speaker and consultant to Catholic parishes and schools
By Carole Goodwin, director of youth ministry, Archdiocese of Louisville
By Jesse Manibusan, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and teller of humorous tales
By Tom East, director, Center for Ministry Development
By Lisa Calderone-Stewart, associate director, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Office for Schools, Child, and Youth Ministries
By Doug Brummel, Catholic entertainer
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Act 1 engages the group by involving the learners in a Scripture skit. Each skit is quite a bit different from the biblical story we are accustomed to hearing during liturgy. It requires volunteer actors, the youth leader as director/narrator, and an involved audience. As Theisen explains, "These Scripture skits are ready-to-go, they give no time for line memorization or character development—it's improv or bust!" The director reads the script (a slight variation from the exact words of Scripture) and the actors and the audience must do exactly what is read when it is read. The director knows that no one is sate from a Scripture skit, especially the audience. The point here is to grab the attention of both audience and actors.
Act 2 takes the group to another level of insight regarding the Scripture story, a level where its meaning will inform our time. The story is now read as it appears in Scripture. Then a series of commentaries are given to connect the historical meanings of the story with its meanings for today.
Act 3 brings the audience back to their own lives and helps them relate the story and its themes to themselves. This is done first through reflection and discussion in small-group settings of four to six people. Finally, the last phase, the Curtain Call, gathers together the whole group to share their thoughts and ideas about the entire experience.
Through these skits, teens experience and learn from Gospel stories such as "Abraham and Isaac," "Samson," "The Temptations of Jesus," "The Good Samaritan," "The Prodigal Son," and more. Youth ministers and high school religion teachers will find Ready-to-Go Scripture Skits most helpful for use during regular religious education classes, youth gatherings, and retreats.