CR3 How Church Began
Aim: To help the young people understand the origins of the church. This can also be used as a display item, and can be performed as a rap with a beat or a rhyme. Taken from the BB Juniors Pro Pack Creativity CR-3
The sketch requires as many narrators as you wish, also a group of young people to do the actions, which are printed in italics underneath each line.
People say that church is boring
All do a big yawn
And when you go you end up snoring.
Sleep and snore
The hymns are long and the sermons bad
And all you want to do is run away like mad.
Turn and freeze about to run away
There are lots of churches in this land,
All point and look in different directions
All shapes and sizes, small and grand.
Look down at small church then up at a big one
There’s fat ones, thin ones, round ones, square,
Make shapes with hands
And on a Sunday lots of people go there.
All march together on the spot, hands by sides
Some dress up and look smart and clean.
All tidy themselves, brush their clothes with hands
Other just go in jackets and jeans.
Relax and look cool
But why do they go, what’s the fuss about?
Shrug and look unsure
And why are there so many churches about?
When church began it wasn’t like that.
It was 2000 years ago as a matter of fact.
All pretend to open big history book and blow dust off
A man called Jesus made a few friends –
All shakes hands and hug
They were cool, they were strong, they were fishermen.
Look cool, look strong and then mime fishing
Jesus helped his friends to know
All listen, hand to left ear
About the things that could help them grow.
He did lots of amazing things for them,
Look up at huge pile of miracles
And when he died he came back again.
Look shocked and faint into each others’ arms
Then suddenly -[Pause]- Jesus went up in the sky
Look and point up into sky
And they were all sad when he said “Bye bye”.
Wave bye bye and wipe a tear away
They thought he’d left them in the lurch
Look fed up and kick the ground
But God helped them start the very first church.
Two make the shape of a doorway, others walk through
It was pretty good too, once they got under way.
All mime clapping and look pleased
Three thousand people joined all in one day.
All squash together
It was a bit of a squash so they met in the street.
Shiver and wrap arms round chest
And they didn’t have pews they stood on their feet.
Sit down then realise and stand up again
And over the years the church has gone on
March on the spot
There’s Baptists, Methodist and Anglic-on.
Count these on fingers
Millions of people all over the planet
Make a circle shape with the sweep of both hands
Go to church today because Jesus began it.
Point up with one hand, do a thumbs up with the other
Lots of people still go, you see –
Tony Blair and the Queen and everyone in my BB Company.
Speak and wag finger, put on crown, run on spot
And as the years roll along
Watch it roll past
The church of tomorrow still goes on strong...
Thumbs up, turn and march off together in time
For full details see BB Juniors pro pack CR-3
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