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FAMILY CHORES – written by Tanis Harms
SCRIPTURE: 1Cor.9:19, Gal.5:13, Eph.5:21
Style: allegory/conversation: family members
. expect to be served, but
. they don’t want to chip in on the chores,
. so nothing gets done, which is
. how it can often be in our churches
Cast: KIDS 1-4 (or more, just divide up the lines
. except for KID 1’s lines,
. or have them sit with the group,
. reacting to everything being said)
Set: LIVING AREA: sofa or table and chairs,
. or big pillows and/or bean bag chairs.
. This space could be made to look very messy
. with empty chip bags, etc.
Props: list, activities like electronic games,
. comic books, or whatever kids would
. prefer to do when kicking back
(KIDS 2-4 are chilling out, each doing their own thing
when KID 1 enters with an unenthusiastic announcement.)
KID 1 Listen up. Mom was wondering if
. there would be anyone here to volunteer.
KID 2 Now what?
KID 1 You have some choices.
KID 2 Do we have to hear them?
. I already have a pretty good idea what they are.
KID 1 (pulls out a list to read off)
. There’s: doing the dishes. Mowing the grass.
. Helping to make supper.
. Or - cleaning up the family room
. and taking out the garbage.
KID 3 (looks around the room then shrugs)
. Doesn’t look that bad.
. (goes back to their activity)
KID 1 (sits down and picks up an activity)
. Mom says that it would really be helpful
. if you could do just one of those things.
. Something about – if we all work together
. then she’s not left doing everything,
. blah, blah, blah.
KID 3 Ugh, what a drag. Did you have to come here
. to spoil our fun?
KID 2 Yeah, I hate guilt trips.
KID 3 We ALL hate guilt trips.
KID 1 Hey – don’t shoot the messenger.
. I’m just telling you what Mom said to tell you.
KID 2 You keep saying “YOU” to us. But what about
. YOU? Huh? What are YOU going to do?
KID 1 I helped her out by delivering this message.
KID 3 (sarcastic) Oooooo, you deserve a reward then.
KID 4 (enters with a comment.)
. Hey, why isn’t the grass mowed?
. I’ve invited friends over for a pool party,
. but I don’t want to be embarrassed
. about how bad it looks out there.
. And in this room! I mean, look at it!
. Garbage everywhere!
KID 1 Those were some of the chores Mom mentioned
. in her long list of things to get done.
KID 4 I hate chores.
KID 3 We ALL hate chores.
KID 4 (plops down somewhere to rest)
. So when’s supper ready? I’m starving.
KID 3 We’re ALL starving!
KID 2 I suppose if one of us helped Mom make supper,
. we’d all be eating sooner rather than later.
KID 4 I’m not good at making food.
KID 2 But you are good at mowing the grass.
. I’ve seen you do it a few times.
. And you’re the one who’s having the pool party.
KID 4 Hey - you all use the backyard too
. Besides, I don’t get paid enough.
. Oh wait, I don’t get paid at all.
KID 2 Ah, we do get allowance money.
. We’re provided clothes, food and other stuff.
. And Mom treats us to movies and dinners out.
KID 4 Yeah – but then - Mom is TREATING us.
. TREATING – means - nothing is expect in return.
KID 3 Don’t get me wrong, I AM thankful for all that,
. but I don’t know WHY we cannot just come home
. and be able to do what we want?
KID 4 Yeah! And this is Mom’s house anyway.
. We don’t own it.
KID 1 But this is our home. We all live here.
KID 2 I remember once helping Mom in the kitchen.
. It wasn’t so bad. In fact, I kind of had fun.
. (KIDS all look. KID 2 balks, thinking...)
. Yeah, I know, that sounded weird.
. (thinking again) But it kind of felt nice
. to do something for other people. And - like –
. there was a sense of accomplishment
. and thankful contentment
. just knowing there’d be food to eat.
KID 3 What if something happened to Mom?
KID 1 Then, one of us would have to do everything.
KID 4 EVERYTHING? And just who would that be?
. Huh? Certainly not me! That would be crazy!
KID 2 But it’s okay if just Mom does all the chores?
KID 4 Ugh, I hate chores.
KID 3 We ALL hate chores!
KID 2 But we all LOVE Mom, though, don’t we?
KID 1 Of course we do! And we tell her that sometimes.
. At least – once a week. Maybe twice.
KID 2 What if we did the chores to SHOW our love?
KID 3 Still hate that word – CHORES.
KID 2 What if we called it something else then?
. I mean, what if we’re all SERVING each other?
. It be more like – giving each other a treat.
. To show how much we love Mom and each other?
. And if each of us all chose to treat each other,
. wouldn’t we all get along better, too?
. You know, just by the way we were
. TREATING each other? That’s not a bad thing.
KID 4 (thinking) Hm, I’m going to have
. to give that some thought. A lot of thought.
. I wouldn’t want to rush into anything.
KID 3 Yeah, let’s all think about that, together.
KID 2 Really?! I think this should be obvious.
. There’s some need to treat each other,
. so we should just pick something -
. that we’re able to do - and just do it!
KID 1 I tend to LIKE doing the things I’m good at?
KID 3 I don’t know what I’m good at.
KID 2 Then try something. And if you can’t do it,
. try something else.
KID 4 You have a point. Where’s that list anyway?
(KID 1 pulls out and shows KIDS the list, who then
exit while figuring out who is going to do what.)