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CHRISTMAS NEWS – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: Jesus’ birth to resurrection, gospel message
SCRIPTURE: Matthew, Luke
Style: a Christmas program with scripture readings,
. dramatic vignettes, and songs.
Cast: TEENS 1-7 or more, (can use older children)
. divide them up into GROUP 1 and GROUP 2.
. GROUP 1 has 3 scenes with KIDS 1-3,
. GROUP 2 has 2 scenes with KIDS 4-7.
. If you have more kids, simplify memorizing
. by putting at least 9 kids in GROUP 1,
. and 7 kids in GROUP 2... then assign
. each kid to a specific scene in that group.
. Dress them in Bible-time costumes.
. READER/s 1 or up to 6 (however you want).
NOTE: The recommended sheet music is included
. in the director’s package when you buy it.
. These songs can be sung either
. by soloists, choir or congregation;
. or choose other applicable songs.
. $15.00 USD to receive a DIRECTOR’S SCRIPT
. (plus sheet music)
. how you receive this & package description
READER (from Galatians 3:8, [NASB])
. The Scripture, foreseeing that
. God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
. preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying
. “All the nations will be blessed in you.”
SONG 1: “WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS”
. lyrics by Nahum Tate,
. music by George Frederrick Handel
(GROUP 1 enter. KIDS 1-2 are exited. KID 3 is confused.
If groups are bigger, have a few other “confused” kids,
while the majority have similar reactions as kids 1-2.
Also, if you are splitting up the scenes, note that
KID 3 is always the one who is “wondering” about things -
just keep that consistent.)
KID 1 Hey, remember those shepherds who told us
. about the Messiah, our Savior, being born?
KID 2 Of course. Hard to forget that.
KID 3 I do not remember.
KID 1 It was about two years ago.
KID 3 What are you talking about?
. Do mean - the census-taking-thing?
KID 1 That’s right! YOU don’t remember because
. it happened while you and your family
. went to another town to do the census.
KID 3 (disgusted) Thanks to Caesar August!
. That took forever. We had to go all the way
. from Bethlehem to Cadasa, because
. that’s where my dad’s ancestors are from.
KID 2 I do not even know where that is.
KID 3 Very – far – away from here. It just
. made my dad even more angry at the Romans.
. Dad cannot WAIT until the MESSIAH
. gets here and gets our land back.
. Anyway, what are you talking about?
. What did those lowlife shepherds do now?
KID 1 Well, it all started with the NICE shepherds,
. but it really is all about our Messiah –
. coming right here – to Bethlehem.
KID 3 WHAT? Why didn’t you say so?
. How come my dad doesn’t know about this yet?
. Where is He? Where is the Messiah?
KID 2 His name is Jesus.
KID 3 Well, okay! So when is Jesus going to become
. our King and get rid of these Romans?
KID 2 Ah, He’s still just a baby.
. He’d be about two years old now.
KID 3 I’m so confused. 3
. Did our Messiah get here or what?
KID 1 Yeah. About two years ago,
. while the census was being taken,
. some shepherds were out in a field –
. I guess just minding their own business -
. when a host of angels appeared to them,
. and gave them a message.
KID 3 Angels brought an important message
. about our Messiah to some nobody shepherds?
. Why them? Shepherds are just a bunch of losers.
KID 2 Maybe that’s the point.
. God cares about all of us.
KID 1 Anyway, the shepherds went looking for Him,
. and found Jesus, just like the angels said.
KID 3 And what exactly did the angels say?
(GROUP 1 freeze while...)
READER (from Luke 2:10-12 [NASB])
. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid;
. for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
. which will be for all the people;
. for today in the city of David
. there has been born for you a Savior,
. who is Christ the Lord.
. This will be a sign for you:
. you will find a baby wrapped in cloths
. and lying in a manger.”
SONG 2 “ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH”
KID 3 So, our future King, who is going to
. bless Israel and get our land back,
. and bless the entire world somehow –
. was born in a barn?
KID 1 The shepherds went to check it out,
. and found that everything
. the angel said was true. Then
. the shepherds went around telling everyone.
KID 2 We just had to see for ourselves, too. 4
. And - without a doubt – well - it was – just –
. so very amazing. Even though the baby
. was wrapped up in rags and lying in a manger –
. you just knew there was something – very special.
KID 3 He was lying in an animal’s feeding trough?
KID 2 Yeah... But... hey, apparently –
. when the parents got here for the census taking,
. all the rooms at the inn were totally filled up.
KID 1 Our house was filled up with all our relatives.
. There was no room anywhere in this town.
. So I guess, all that was left, was the barn.
KID 3 Where is He now? Is He still there?
KID 2 They still live here in Bethlehem. But -
. they finally found a little house to move into.
. The dad is a carpenter. He’s very good.
. He has helped fix a few things around our house.
KID 3 Wait! The Messiah’s dad - is a carpenter -
. and they live in a little house?
. IF this is all true - if we really have
. the Messiah, the King of kings, God in the flesh,
. living right here in our town –
. You’d think this would still be a big deal.
KID 2 I still see some people go there to visit.
. But you know how grownups are –
. they get too busy to care about other details.
KID 1 Maybe the novelty has worn off?
. I sometimes wonder if God ever forgets about us?
KID 2 I believe it’s us! WE forget about God.
. So if we sometimes forget about God,
. that would explain why we’d forget that
. Jesus was living right here with us.
KID 1 So what else could God do to make us remember?
. I mean, somehow – Jesus - is supposed to save us.
(A bright light catches their attention and causes them
to sink to their knees and look up in awe.)
KID 3 What is that?
KID 2 A really bright star. You’re only noticing that
. NOW? It’s been there every night for 2 years.
KID 3 I wonder if it means something?
READER (from Micah 5:2 [NASB])
. But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
. Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
. From you One will go forth for Me
. to be ruler in Israel.
. His goings forth are from long ago,
. From the days of eternity.
SONG 3 “WE THREE KINGS” by John H.Hopkins, Jr. (vs.1-2)
(GROUP 1 now all looks in a specific direction,
like they are watching something happen very nearby.)
KID 3 Look at all of them. Who are they?
. They’re definitely not from around here.
. Even when we traveled to Cadasa –
. I’ve never seen people who look like that.
KID 1 Definitely from another country. Asia, maybe?
. But – they are going to visit Jesus.
. That star must have guided them here.
KID 2 And they’re bringing Him gifts. Lots of gifts.
KID 3 I don’t know what THAT is, but I know gold
. when I see it. Those gifts are fit for a king.
KID 1 Jesus IS the Messiah. He IS the King of kings!
. What does this mean? You have to wonder.
. What is the Messiah going to do, anyway?
KID 3 My dad keeps saying that the Messiah
. will get our land back form the Romans.
KID 1 So we’ll be going to war? Jesus still has to
. grow up before He can really do anything like that.
KID 2 I just have this funny feeling that
. Jesus is going to do something very different.
KID 1 But, the scriptures say that our perfect King
. will come and take the throne and then
. we will have blessing and perfect peace-
KID 3 Hard to imagine, when I cannot even find
. inner peace. I mean, I have even found myself
. arguing – with myself.
KID 2 So instead of war - what if Jesus’ coming
. has more to do with peace - and - love?
. (looking) Just look at them over there,
. strangers – important men from another land –
. worshipping Jesus. There MUST be a bigger reason.
KID 1 Do you think that when we’re adults,
. we’ll remember all of this and figure it out –
. and remember that Jesus is our Messiah and Lord?
KID 3 Do you think anyone would believe us
. if we told them about it?
(GROUP 1 exits while...)
READER (Isaiah 53:1-6) Who has believed our message?
. And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
. For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
. And like a root out of parched ground;
. He has no stately form or majesty
. That we should look upon Him,
. Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
. He was despised and forsaken of men,
. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
. And like one from whom men hide their face,
. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
. Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
. And our sorrows He carried;
. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
. Smitten of God, and afflicted.
. But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
. He was crushed for our iniquities;
. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
. And by His scourging we are healed.
. All of us like sheep have gone astray,
. Each of us has turned to his own way;
. But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
. To fall on Him.
SONG 4 “THOU DIDST LEAVE THY THRONE”
. by Emily E.S.Elliott, and Timothy R.Matthews
(GROUP 2 enters. KID 4-5/s enter. They are all sad.
KID 6/s enter and notice.)
KID 6 What’s wrong with you guys?
KID 4 Haven’t you heard? They killed Jesus.
. About three days ago. We just got the news now.
KID 6 Who is Jesus?
KID 5 Remember the stories our parents told us
. about the birth of our Messiah, the Savior.
KID 6 My parents don’t really talk about that stuff.
KID 4 My mom and dad have always talked about it.
. They were just teenagers back then,
. but they remember it like it was yesterday.
. Like – it changed their lives – or something.
KID 5 Mine too.
KID 6 So what?
KID 4 So WHAT??? God sent us our Messiah,
. the Man who is to be our King –
. and lead us into perfect peace –
. but they killed Him. The people in Jerusalem
. just killed Jesus by hanging Him on a cross.
KID 6 Being hung and killed on a cross
. is the punishment meant for criminals.
KID 4 Except Jesus did nothing wrong.
KID 6 He must have done something wrong.
KID 4 The only thing that Jesus did was go around
. and heal people, and tell them
. how to have eternal life.
KID 5 Does this mean that we will not be saved?
KID 6 You mean – from the Romans? 8
KID 4 We once got to hear Jesus speak.
. I think He was talking about something else.
. Huh, I wish I would have listened better.
KID 5 My uncle comes to visit and he brings us news
. about what’s happening and what Jesus is saying.
. But - what are we going to do now?
. My parents are going to be so sad.
KID 4 What if – He has the power to rise from the dead?
KID 6 Yeah right. Who can do that?
KID 5 God. God can totally do that.
. Besides healing people, my uncle heard
. that Jesus raised a few people from the dead.
KID 6 You can’t believe everything you hear.
KID 5 Hey! I trust my uncle.
KID 4 When we went to see Jesus, we saw Him heal
. a person, blind from birth. They can now see.
KID 5 Why didn’t you say so before?
KID 4 Most people do believe me when I tell them.
KID 6 I need to see something for myself
. before I will believe it.
(Lights start to dim and KIDS notice.)
KID 6 Ah, what’s happening?
(As it gets dark, they all slowly fall to their knees
in sadness, then freeze, while...)
READER (from 1 Peter 3:18 [NASB])
. For Christ also died for sins once for all,
. the just for the unjust,
. so that He might bring us to God,
. having been put to death in the flesh,
. but made alive in the spirit!”
(Lights get bright again.) 9
SONG 5 “ONE DAY” (vs.1-4)
. by J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles H.Marsh
(KID 7 rushes in, very excited. Seeing the others,
KID 7 encourages them to stand back up.)
KID 7 Hey! Everyone! We just got news from Jerusalem.
. He’s alive! Jesus - is - alive!
KID 4 Are you sure?
KID 7 Yes. There are many people who have witnessed this.
. Remember that day, when everything went
. really dark? Well, there was also a big earthquake
. that took place in Jerusalem. And get this –
. right at that very moment, the curtain at the temple
. tore into two - from the top - down.
KID 5 You mean, the huge curtain that separates people
. from the Holy of holies? I hear that is
. very, very thick material. Even more than a rug.
KID 7 Anyway, after being dead and buried for 3 days,
. and while all the stuff was happening – Jesus arose.
KID 6 Maybe He wasn’t really dead.
KID 7 Oh, the Pharisees made sure that Jesus was dead.
. And they buried Him in a tomb with a big stone
. in front of the door and then they had the grave
. guarded by Roman soldiers. Jesus was dead.
. Now – He is alive.
KID 5 So there is hope.
KID 4 Does this mean that Jesus
. will be our King now?
KID 7 Well... the rest of the message is that
. Jesus returned to heaven. Like –
. He went up in a cloud or something.
. A whole crowd of people saw that happen.
KID 4 Why would Jesus leave us?
KID 5 I don’t think He really did leave us. 10
. There were things that Jesus talked about –
. about things that are still to come. Like,
. His Helper – who is the Holy Spirit.
KID 4 That’s right. Jesus said that there would be
. salvation and eternal life when we believed in Him!
. We have to choose for ourselves to make Jesus
. our personal King – and Savior - of our hearts.
KID 6 Do you think people are just going to forget
. that any of this ever happened?
KID 5 Well, I’m never going to forget this.
KID 4 I’m definitely going to tell my children
. all about this. Just like my parents
. told me about Jesus.
KID 7 I think it’s important enough
. to pass the message on to everyone.
. Don’t you think?
READER [NASB] (John 8:12) “Then Jesus
. again spoke to them, saying,
. ‘I am the Light of the world;
. he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness,
. but will have the Light of life.’”
. (Matthew 5:14-16) “You are the light of the world.
. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
. nor does anyone light a lamp
. and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand,
. and it gives light to all who are in the house.
. Let your light shine before men in such a way
. that they may see your good works,
. and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
INSERT: short message from Pastor, then the
. lighting of the candles and passing of the light
. usually done while singing “Silent Night”