All of us children’s ministers have, at some point or another, had our kids act out the Bible story. Although this can be a great technique, after a handful of times it can become a bit redundant. Here are some ideas using the same concept but with a fresh twist.
- Instead of having the students act out the story, ask teens to act out the story for the kids. Have them dress in Bible costumes and act out your lesson as you narrate the story. Plan ahead of time, so the teens can be well rehearsed.
- Have a guest speaker for the day. This would be similar to the above point, but instead of having a team of people presenting the story, you have one person give their account of what happened in the Bible story. Choose someone who is expressive, comfortable speaking in front of people, and who can present the story by memory without the use of a script. For example, if the Bible story is about the man who was lowered through the roof, have an individual dress up in costume and tell the story from his perspective as someone who was in the house listening to Jesus speak. Consider the story of when Jesus fed the 5,000. We always focus on Jesus, but maybe a teenage girl could pretend to be someone who was in the crowd. She could give her account of what she saw that day and what it was like seeing this miracle unfold.
- Use shadow drama. A shadow drama is a staged area where you hang a white sheet and shine a bright stage light from behind it. Costumed characters stand behind the sheet, causing their shadows to cast onto the sheet. From the side where children are sitting and viewing the drama, they would not actually see the actors, only the silhouettes. To use this technique, block out all other light in the room. Narrate the story and have actors come and go on their cue.