Do you ever feel like your church service is a bit of a ‘song sandwich’? Song — announcements — song — offering — song — [insert something here] — song etc. Perhaps it’s more that you can predict the exact order that everything is going to occur. It’s not because you are a mind reader but rather that it’s always the same order week in week out.
There’s never any surprise element. I quite like surprises and I think they have a part to play in church services. I mean the good surprise, not the everyone-cringing or running-for-the-door awkward surprise.
I think drama can add that element of surprise to a service. It can catch people off guard. It has the ability to enable people to let their guard down. It is a fantastic way to make connections between what we sing about, what the preacher is talking about and how these things play out in our everyday lives.
But what do you do if you have no drama team or resources? Let me introduce you to a little thing called the interweb thingy aka the internet. There are heaps of great websites aimed at drama for church. Just in case you’ve never heard of www.skitguys.com let me tell you a little somethin’ somethin’ about them.
The Skit Guys are Tommy & Eddie, two Christian comedians/actors. Their instagram bio says “We’re teaching God’s word using comedy, drama & whatever category talking action figures fit into.” They are a treasure trove of creative resources that can be used in church services, small groups, youth events and more. They have videos, scripts, ppt backgrounds, DVDs, books, t-shirts, podcast and a blog.
The video section features Tommy, Eddie and their friends in ready to use clips. Some of them are what I would call ‘teaser clips’ in a series such as ‘awkward invites’ (short clips on how NOT to invite someone to church). These are a great way to transition to a message, or to challenge an evangelism elephant in the room. There are also clips that are about 3 – 6 mins long and some longer clips as well.
In the script section you can access many of the scripts for the clips you can watch. This allows you to shape the drama for your particular setting. Many of their scripts require very little props or backgrounds.
If you are looking for something particular their website is pretty user friendly. Their videos are listed by topical index and the scripts are divided by seasonal (Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day etc), Popular or Categories (monologue, kid friendly, duets, ensemble…). The site is searchable so if they’ve got it, you’ll be able to find it without too much hassle.
Why I love these guys and their work is they have a fantastic blend of humour and really challenging points that help to engage people of all ages and provide a really good platform for any message or theme you are wanting to do. They have a great perspective on the Christian faith and their material is well thought out and well produced too.
For some people, finding a skit guys clip thats suits the topic is enough and playing it in church meets the need. But others who are wanting to make use of people in their own setting find this is a great place to develop both skills and material and before you know it, you’ll be the surprise jalapeño in your church’s song sandwich.
Got any creative ways to become a jalapeno in your song sandwich? Comment below!