Scripture Drama is a great tool to use to implant the message into the hearts and minds of your students. Give your students an opportunity to act out scripture stories even if the class is small. Here’s how we do it:
Assign a narrator to read all the scripture.
While the narrator reads, the characters act out the parts. When a character speaks, the narrator reads what is said and the appropriate character repeats the words spoken.
Assign characters to the students.
Give the students a part to play, even if its a rock, a tree, or an animal. (We had someone play the part of the donkey that Jesus rode on Palm Sunday.)
If someone is bashful and doesn’t want to take a part, let them be the audience for applause or other actions. It is okay for a student to act out more than one character (and sometimes even funny to watch).
Don’t be concerned about costumes or props.
When you define the parts and establish the setting of the scripture there is no need for costumes or props. The imagination is the only costume or prop needed. Now, sometimes we do use a few small props.
Don’t be afraid to laugh or mess up.
Even with serious scripture we’ve managed to run into situations that make us laugh. One time while acting out the scripture about the creation of man we read from Genesis 2:25, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” The little boy playing the part of Adam immediately covered himself. Now that was funny.
Repeatedly emphasize the main point during the drama.
Sometimes the students will get so caught up in the act that the forget the main point of the drama. Always keep the actors focused on the lesson
You will be blessed by what the students learn when they have an opportunity to act out what you read from God’s Holy word. Give it a try and be sure to let us know what happens.