Discussion in 'Church and Ministry Clowning' started by Anonymous, Mar 31, 2004.
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The first skit I would like to share that I created on my own is about the Body of Christ. I saw my kids struggling with their part and sometimes desiring someone’s else talents instead of their own so this skit was to teach them that they are all important and need each other.
Side Fro was the narrator- He is a natural at improve but doesn’t clown on a regular basis. I have him wear some tacky stuff but it’s funny and kids love it.
I had an artist draw a cartoon of different body parts on foam board. I painted them with water colors and cut the shapes out.
First, narrator reads this verse and I introduce the parts and give a part to to each child.
12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.12</SPAN> The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
So my volunteers are on the stage.
I would have the kid with the foot act this out….
15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.
The child with the ear act this out
16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.
Made jokes about what it would be like if I were only an eye.
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?
Made jokes about what like would be like if I were only an ear.
If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
Arranged all the body parts to make one body.
18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.21 The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!"
Gave a child a superman outfit to demonstrate this
22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,
Gave a child a star to demonstrate this:
“23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. “
Gave a kid a modest outfit for this….She is the one wearing the maroon dress costume.
“And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,”
Had a child come up and gave them nothing to wear to demonstrate this
“while our presentable parts need no special treatment”.
Had all the kids come together to make one body with their props to demonstrate this:
But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
Asked all the kids to feel sad and down for one of the kids to demonstrate this:
“26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; “
Had all the kids cheer for someone to demonstrate this.
“if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
I made up another skit on temptation. I had someone play a mom character and she told us three clowns to not open the can of chips and we will get a snack later. Side Fro and I start gazing at the can of chips. Staring at the contents. Smelling it. Jay Jay triess to tell us to do the right thing. So then I ask a question, "Is peaking the same as opening?" Side fro and I decide to peak into the can of chips. We peak and the snakes come out. Jay Jay Jazzler tries to encourage us to do the right thing. So Side Fro and I try to cover up our bad behavoir by trying to get the snakes back in the can and they keep coming out. Mom is coming and we decide to hide. Mom asks Jay Jay "Where are the other clowns?" He says "they are hiding." Mom asks "Why?" Jay Jay says "Ask them." So mom finds us and I admitting to doing wrong while Side fro blames me. The skit turned out funny and I used it as a way to put a modern twist to the garden of Adam and Eve story. I used the skit to talk about temptation and doing what's right. By the way, Jay Jay got a snack during snack time while side fro and I had to sit out during snack time.
What I do is I think about where the kids are at and pray for them. I think about what is going on in their lives and if there was something funny that would help them remember an important lesson in life. I pray about it and seem to come up with my own ideas that help the kids. A pre schooler remembered the temptation skit a few days later and remembered that the clown that respected mom got the snack and the clowns that did not respect mom did not get the snack. She remembered to not focus on something so much that it would tempt her to do the wrong thing.
What has happened in the past is that I would give the clowns the scenario and how the story goes and we would act it all out the first time on stage. The clowns would have their own lines etc....lots of adlib and improv. I basically did the lead role and everyone else reacted to that. Side Fro is so good at improv (probably better than me) and is really hilarious.
thanks so much for the temptation skit very nice skit I will use it .
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I am doing a Daniel in the lions den themed vbs this summer and am looking for some skits. I need something to do with the story or with "courage" or "standing for God" "standing alone" any thing alone those lines.
Daniel in the Lion's Den
I don't know if this would work for you, but I've got an old hand chopper prop that looks like a lion's head ... I've used it with a volunteer from the audience, telling the story of Daniel as I go ...
"New" clown skit - what can I do with these apples?
If anyone's interested, I stumbled across an old clown skit of mine from the now-defunct Clown Ministry web site, that I've posted to:
It's a clown ministry skit for 3 clowns - let me know what you think. Thanks.
Why quote scripture?
First, thanks for reading the skit
Second, I can't speak for anyone else, but I'll tell you why I tend to include a Bible verse in a Bible skit. Whether the clowns do it, a youth pastor does it, if it's an integral part of the skit ("Are you done yet?" http://freeclownskits.info/clown-ministry-skits/are-you-done-yet/ is a good example of that) -- it's God's Word that changes lives -- in my opinion, it's the job of the skit to point people to that life-changing message. Yes, the skit can visually show it, underline the message, etc. but the goal is to get God's Word into people's head ... and hearts.
As for whether the audience being unfamiliar with Biblical principles, the answer is, "maybe" -- after all, the skits can be used in evangelism outreach to people who don't attend church, Vacation Bible Schools, etc. For that matter, I don't think that we can assume that kids know Biblical principles, or even famous Bible stories.
For what it's worth, I think of my skits as an outline, that everyone's free to change as they see fit for their own performance.
That's fine -- as I say, feel free to modify any of my skits as you see fit in performance. As far as your final point, you (or anybody else) is free to do a morality skit as you see fit -- but this is a gospel ministry skit. The entire purpose is to explain the *why* behind the morality, not to be Mr. Rogers (nothing against Fred Rogers )
Gentleness and respect? That all depends on which Bible you read. Those who say the King James Version is the best, (as many do) would say God prefers meekness and fear.
I think that "Word based" performance pieces can work. But there may be a better need for consistent throughput, rather than just simplistic or didactic add on, which comes off as condescending. And, of course, like any good performance piece it has to be tight. (I once saw a skit at a convention competition which went on and on and on to the point that it made one want to call upon the name of the LORD imploring that it be brought to an end, already. Instead, the message I received was that Jesus is an annoying nag who will ramble on and on and on...)
Here's a concept I once worked on. I suppose it is more of a storytelling thing than a clown act, but it could still be performed in any sort of character.
The piece centers around the traditional three little pigs story, as a metaphor for Christian life. One man has built his house of straw, another of brick.....each with a light inside (represented by a candle.) The "big bad wolf" comes along. He huffs, he puffs, he blows your light out (candle extinguished by blowing it out.) But, when he comes to the final candle, it can not be diminished (trick magic candle.) For this man's light is the life of Christ. And his faithfulness is like gold that survives the wind, the storm, and even the refiners fire. He has built his house on solid rock: The stone which the builder rejected...it has become the cornerstone. (Take the lit candle and present it with focus of attention forward to the audience.) By the LORD has this been done. And it is wonderful in our eyes!
Especially fascinating in light (I just can't help myself) of having seen the classic DeMille film, "The Sign of the Cross" tonight.
Ah, the almost cut scene, suggested by the censors.
Though I liked the lions jumping over each other, running up the stairs better. Imagine, that to get the shot, C.B. took a whip in hand, himself, and started chasing after them.
The real head scratcher is that DeMille consulted the noted Jesuit author, Daniel Lord, before filming and asked for advice. When he followed it by making the sin seem enticing and offering the Christians substansive characteristics, Lord condemned the work.
If Christian porn is to porn, what Christian rock is to rock music, it will probably make funny clown skits, for the kids.
I found myself basking in a radiant glowing light, felt a desire to love my fellow man and a yearning to devote the rest of my life to the church, after listening to Christian rock music which used subliminal message, backmasking recording techniques. It turns out they weren’t really singing about an evil sausage! (evol suseJ)
And that highlights a problem ministry types, trying to stick to the Bible are always going to encounter. Kids are for ever going to find my stories of being accidentally converted to Christianity by a song about an evil sausage dog, (or anything else I might care to invent), far more entertaining, interesting and funny than anything the Bible has to offer.
By common and universal acknowledgment, Christian Rock is the lamest and most pathetic music form ever yet devised. I feel fairly confident that the same can said about Ministry type clowning. Which leads me to speculate that Christianity in general, is not particularly well suited to adopt any modern art form, for it's own evangelical needs.
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