CHARACTERS- Betty Johnson. Joe
Johnson. Pastor Johnston. Pastor Brown. Church Member- Jim. Church Member Sally.
Narrator( s ).
PROPS- Four Chairs ( Short Pew- Optional ), Four Signs (
You Create ), And Bibles.
SCENE ONE, POSTER#1 'THE CHURCH OF
( As the scene
begins, Betty and Joe Johnson are sitting on the two middle chairs ( Or the
center of the short pew)
NARRATOR: Betty and joe Johnson are sitting in
the sanctuary of their small, but cozy church. The sermon has just ended and
Betty and Joe were anticipating their exit, but dreading their long drive
BETTY: I can't believe Pastor Wells preached on tithing again. This
is the second time this year.
JOE: Doesn't that man have better things to
preach on than money?
( Church Member ( Sally ) approaches the Johnsons,
carrying her Bible. She sits down by Betty )
SALLY: Mrs Johnson, it's so
nice to see you this morning. I was wondering if you would consider helping out
in the nursery? It's just one day out of the month. We're all a part of the body
of Christ and as such, we all must do our part to help out.
know, but it's kind of hard for me. I'm with my two children all week, and I
just don't think I could handle a room full of children. It would drive me crazy
listening to all that screaming.
SALLY: It's not so bad. Old Mrs Black
serves two Sundays each month and she just loves it. If anyone should go crazy
in the midst of all the racket, it would be her.
BETTY: Thank you for
considering me, but I really don't think I can.
( Church Member ( Jim )
enters and approaches Joe and sits down beside him. )
JIM: Good morning,
Mr Johnson. How are you this morning?
JOE: Not bad! Not bad at
JIM: I've been wanting to ask you about a teaching position in our
Sunday School department. Would you consider this?
JOE: Oh, I don't think
so. I just don't have time during the week to prepare the lessons.
The lessons are easy and self explanatory. The youth are in need of a teacher.
Old man Stanley is serving as a substitute, but his health hasn't been too good.
He hates to see the youth without a teacher. I hope you'll think about it and
let me know as soon as possible.
JOE: OK, I'll think about it.
Sally and Jim exit.)
SCENE TWO, POSTER# 2 'THE CHURCH OF
Tired of the pressures about money and church participation, Joe and Betty set
out to find the perfect church where they could attend the services in peace.
The following Sunday they attended a church that seemed to be falling
BETTY: I wonder what happened to this church. There is no choir.
No one playing the piano or organ. The congregation looks half dead.
The Pastor's sermon leaves much to be desired. I wonder what brought this church
NARRATOR: Betty and Joe stay behind after the service to speak
to the Pastor.
( Pastor Johnston enters and sits down beside Betty.
Greets each one with a hand shake.)
JOE: What has happened to this
PASTOR JOHNSTON: This church doesn't take in much money. People
frown when a sermon is on money. I'm doing the best I can with what little we
bring in. This church on some Sundays only collects about a thousand dollars.
That's barely enough to pay the building fund and property tax, let alone the
phone and electric. I work a full time job all week to support my family. I even
contribute out of my personal income to help pay some of the bills around here.
I can't afford to pay a grounds keeper, which is why the grounds are a shambles.
We have no Sunday School or nursery. No choir and no piano or organ players
because no one wants to contribute to these positions. I hope you weren't too
disappointed and I hope you'll come again.
( Pastor Stands and begins to
turn away. )
JOE: How is this church surviving?
It isn't, but what can I do?
( PASTOR EXITS )
SCENE THREE, POSTER#
3 'THE CHURCH OF
following week, Betty and Joe attended another church which caught their eye the
BETTY: Isn't this a lovely church? The choir sounds so
JOE: Sunday School was wonderful.
BETTY: It was so nice
to be able to leave the children in a fully staffed nursery.
church really has its act together. I wonder how they do it! Our old church
could really use a few good pointers from these people. And the Preacher didn't
preach on money.
NARRATOR: After the service, Betty and Joe linger behind
to speak with the Pastor.
JOE: This is a wonderful church. This church
seems to have its act together. If you don't mind, how do you do
PASTOR BROWN: It's simple. Everyone does their part. They know the
importance of putting God first in all they give of their tithes, time and
talents. I don't preach on tithing but twice a year and that's only to refresh
them on the important roll it plays in worship. Since they give what rightfully
belongs to God, it doesn't offend them. ( Standing ) Thank you for visiting our
church. Please come again. ( Leaves ).
SCENE FOUR, POSTER# 4 'THE PERFECT
and Joe were happy with the last church they attended, but something seemed to
BETTY: I liked that church we attended last week, But there
was so many members. I just don't see how we can get the spiritual attention we
so often need. At least at our old church, everyone knows us and makes us feel
like we belong
NARRATOR: Betty and Joe return to their old
JOE: I think what was missing in this church was we weren't doing
our part. It's so good to be back in our own church.
( Enter Jim and
Sally. They hug Betty and Joe then sits down beside them.)
SALLY: I'm so
happy to see you this morning. We have really missed you.
missed all of you too. You know I've been thinking about what you asked me a few
weeks ago about helping in the nursery. I want to accept the offer. I would also
like to join the choir. I want to help our church grow.
that's wonderful! You know our choir could always use more voices singing
praises to our Lord.
JOE: And I want to take that teaching position, if
it's still open.
JIM: Of course it's still open. You'll make a great
JOE: If you could use a helping hand around the church grounds,
I'd like to volunteer to come here on my days off and help with any
JIM: That's wonderful!
BETTY: I'll be honest. Joe and I
set out to find the perfect church. Now I know we have found it!
BETTY: Yes, it's a church where everyone does their
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