Christian Skits--How to Write Them, Where to Find Them
Performing Bible-based skits can be a powerful means of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Use them to illustrate a point in a Sunday morning sermon or as an evangelistic outreach tool. Children's ministry, youth groups and street ministries often include skits in their program.
Whether portraying a story using live actors on stage, the fun of puppetry or filming a skit to be shown as a video, skits are a creative way of communicating fundamental principals found in the Word of God.
How to Write a Great Christian Skit
1. Decide what Bible truth you want to bring to life in your skit. New Testament parables or Old Testament Bible heroes are two types that work well for skits and plays. options. Find a key scripture or passage to use as your foundation foundation, and create a dramatic scenario that puts it into action.
2. Devise a plot. Use one or two main characters and some supporting roles. Christian skits frequently present a problem that needs to be solved, illustrate the battle between good and evil evil, or show cause and effect of choices that people make. Whatever your story-line will be, decide the number of characters, the setting in which it takes place and what will happen.
Success Tip: some of the best skits have come out of creative brainstorming sessions. Call a meeting. Bring food to snack on, your Bibles and a note pad. Come with high expectations that the Lord will give you just what you need to create a story that will reach your audience. Meetings like this can be fun! After you have come up with the general story-line, find out which team member feels it the most. Have that person write it. Next time, someone else will get the honor.
3. Write your script with dialogue. Label the lines to be spoken by first inserting the character's name. Now, write out the the line he will say. Divide the script first by scenes and then by lines. Copies of the script should be given to all actors for them to rehearse. It is preferable for the actors to memorize their lines prior to the skit's live performance.
4. Add action to each scene by Including written stage directions in the script. For instance, at the point where the main character named George says "What did you say?", the stage direction in the script following that line could be: George bangs on the wall repeatedly in anger while Henry is standing on the opposite side.
5. Make a supplies list to help the production crew to put the skit together. If it requires costumes, props or sound effects, list them specifically. Often these decisions are left to the discretion of the director but props and special effects that are essential to the plot should be duly noted.
Things to Remember
Keep the story details simple. Complicated scene changes and extravagant sets are unnecessary in skits and may hold the company back from being able to perform it. A few props and interesting movement will keep your audience's attention.
Moreover, if you write long, complicated lines it is less likely that amateur actors will be willing or able to memorize them. Keep the lines brief, assuring that everybody can put them to memory and, therefore, make the experience more authentic.
Also, keep in mind that your stage area may be limited in size, especially if you are performing it in a church. Simple props and action that can be contained in a smaller space will work better in these situations.
Three60 TV Video Skit
Video Skit Presentations
Skits are traditionally presented on a stage--or in open air settings like a park-- but today skits are also presented in video format. Three60TV is a church-grown ministry from Rochester NY that has built it's television show using skits.
"It's for You" and "The Rapture Rap", embedded for your enjoyment in this piece, were written and produced by cast members of Three60TV. They are just two of a many great video shorts that their team has written to promote the gospel and change lives.
Sermon Spice is a website where videos can be uploaded by their creators for free viewing by the public. Rights to show them in a public setting, such as a church or youth group, can be purchased on Sermon Spice at a very reasonable price.