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Jesus' Birth- General

Drama Workshop
The Innkeeper's busy night 

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Students will read the story of the innkeeper in their Bibles and will re-enact the story of the innkeeper using a Readers’ Theater script.

Scripture Reference:
Luke 2: 4-7

Lesson Objective:

  • Jesus Christ is the new covenant. 
  • People come to know Jesus in many different ways, and those who knew of His coming, had a different perspective in their stories to tell.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Become familiar with the script.
  • Gather the materials.

Materials List:

  • Copies of the script for "The Innkeeper’s Busy Night." (Enough for each child)
  • Highlighters (optional)
  • Class set of Bibles.


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself and any helpers that you have.

 

Dig- Main Content and Reflection

Lesson:

Have students find the scripture Luke 2: 4-7.
This is the only place in the Bible that mentions the role of the inn or the innkeeper. There have been many stories about what people have "guessed" must have gone on the night Joseph and Mary came into Bethlehem looking for a place to stay.

There are even some cultures that have a special traditions to highlight this small, ambiguous part of the story. For example,

The Mexican culture participates in the ritual of the posadas. Beginning on December 16th, and continuing through the next eight evenings until Christmas Eve, they reenact the Holy Family’s search for shelter (posadas literally meaning, "inns"). In each of the first eight posadas family members, representing innkeepers and pilgrims, play out the story of frustration on the road to Bethlehem. To Joseph’s every inquiry comes the same answer, "No room at the inn." But then, miraculously on Christmas Even, the final innkeeper recognizes the holy couple and joyfully offers them shelter. In some parts of the country the "pilgrims" travel from house to house, visiting friends and asking the traditional posadas question: "Who will give shelter to those travelers who come with their songs of walking the roads?" In either case, the ritual ends on Christmas Eve, with song, celebration, and –to the great delight of children from Mexico City to Santa Fe—the game of the piñata.
(From An American Christmas,A Celebration of Our Heritage from Around the World. Copyright 1989, Allied Books Ltd.)

Today, we are going to be doing our own "drama" of a possible exchange between the innkeeper and the visitors who came to see the baby Jesus.

Distribute scripts.

Assign parts and have group practice making the "sound effects" before beginning to read.

The ENTIRE group should do the sound effects, except for the person who has the line in which they occur.

You may want to let them highlight their parts, if it will be easier to follow along.

(It is OK to double-up on parts, if you don’t have enough students for each character.)

After reading through the script once, discuss what seems "realistic" and what doesn’t, about the story.

If there is time, you can re-assign the parts and let the students read through it again.

The Innkeeper's busy night


Characters:
Narrator 1
Mary & Joseph
Narrator 2
Shepherds
Innkeeper
Kings

Sound effects:
KNOCK DOOR SHUTS DOOR SLAMS
COVERS SWISH BED CREAKS SINGING
STAIR STEPS SNORING "Glo-ooo-ooo-ria"
FLAPPING NOISES DOOR CREAK
MATCH STRIKE CURTAINS SWISHING
FOOTSTEPS Groggy People/Rejoicing People

Narrator 1: There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night’s sleep.

Innkeeper: (Yawns.)

Narrator 2: But one night there was a knock at the door. Sound effect: KNOCK

Narrator 1: The innkeeper got out of bed, Sound effect:COVERS SWISH
Stumbled down the stairs, Sound effect: STAIRSTEPS
Lit his lamp, Sound effect: MATCH STRIKE
And opened the door. Sound effect: DOOR CREAKS

Mary & Joseph Hello, sorry to bother you, but we’re in desperate need of a place to stay the night.

Innkeeper: No room.

Mary & Joseph: But we’re tired and have traveled through night and day.

Innkeeper: There’s only the stable around the back. Here’s two blankets. Sign the register.

Narrator 2: So they signed it.

Mary & Joseph: Mary and Joseph.

Narrator 1: The innkeeper shut the door, Sound effect: DOOR SHUTS
Climbed the stairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS
Got into bed, Sound effect: BED CREAKS
and went to sleep. Sound effect: SNORING

Narrator 2: But then later, there was another knock at the door. Sound effect: KNOCK

Narrator 1: The innkeeper got out of bed,Sound effect: COVERS SWISH
Stumbled down the stairs, Sound effect: STAIRSTEPS
Lit his lamp, Sound effect: MATCH STRIKE
And opened the door. Sound effect: DOOR CREAKS

Joseph: Excuse me. I wonder if you could lend us another, smaller blanket?

Innkeeper: There. One smaller blanket.

Narrator 1: The innkeeper shut the door, Sound effect: DOOR SHUTS
Climbed the stairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS
Got into bed, Sound effect: BED CREAKS
and went to sleep. Sound effect: SNORING

Narrator 2: But then, a bright light woke him up.

Narrator 1: He went downstairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS
opened the door, Sound effect: DOOR CREAKS
walked outside, Sound effect: FOOTSTEPS
and looked up.

Innkeeper: (surprised) What in the--?

Narrator 2: Up in the sky was the biggest, brightest star that the world has ever known. It was as light as day.

Innkeeper: Great. That’s all I need!

Narrator 1: Then he shut the door, Sound effect: DOOR SHUTS
Climbed the stairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS Drew the curtains, Sound effect: CURTAINS SWISHING Got into bed, Sound effect: BED CREAKS
and went to sleep. Sound effect: SNORING

Narrator 2: But then there was another knock at the door.
Sound effect: KNOCK

Narrator 1: The innkeeper got out of bed, Sound effect: COVERS SWISH
Stumbled down the stairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS
Lit his lamp, Sound effect: MATCH STRIKE
And opened the door. Sound effect: DOOR CREAKS

Shepherds: We are three shepherds.

Innkeeper: Well, what’s the matter? Lost your sheep?

Shepherds: We’ve come to see Mary and Joseph.

Innkeeper: AROUND THE BACK.

Narrator 1: Then he shut the door, Sound effect: DOOR SHUTS
Climbed the stairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS Got into bed, Sound effect: BED CREAKS
and went to sleep. Sound effect: SNORING

Narrator 2: But then there was yet another knock at the door. Sound effect: KNOCK

Narrator 1: The innkeeper got out of bed, Sound effect: COVERS SWISH
Stumbled down the stairs, Sound effect: STAIRSTEPS
Lit his lamp, Sound effect: MATCH STRIKE
And opened the door. Sound effect: DOOR CREAKS

Kings: We are three kings. We’ve come---

Innkeeper: AROUND THE BACK!!!

Narrator 1: He slammed the door, Sound effect: DOOR SLAMS
Climbed the stairs, Sound effect: STAIR STEPS Got into bed, Sound effect: BED CREAKS
and went to sleep. Sound effect: SNORING

Narrator 2: But then, a chorus of singing woke him up. Sound effect: sing "Glo-oooo-o-oooo-o-
oooo-o-ria!"

Innkeeper: ALL RIGHT—THAT DOES IT!

Narrator 1: So he got out of bed, Sound effect: COVERS SWISH
Stomped down the stairs, Sound effect: LOUD STAIR STEPS
Threw open the door, Sound effect: DOOR BANGS
Went around the back Sound effect: FOOTSTEPS
Stormed into the stable, and was just about to speak when….

EVERYONE (except innkeeper) SHHH!

Narrator 2: whispered everybody.

EVERYONE (except innkeeper) You’ll wake the baby!

Innkeeper: Baby? Baby?!

Shepherd: Yes, a baby has this night been born.

Innkeeper: Oh? (grumbles a little)

Narrator 1: The innkeeper looked crossly into the manger.

Narrator 2: And just at that moment, suddenly, amazingly,
his anger seemed to fly away.
Sound Effect: FLAPPING NOISES

Innkeeper: Oh….isn’t he …beautiful!

Narrator 1: In fact, he thought the baby was so special…

Narrator 2: He woke up all the guests in the inn.

Innkeeper: Hey, everybody, come and see, come and see… Wake up, wake up, …come and see…
Sound Effect: Groggy People waking up, "huh?
What's all the fuss, etc."

Narrator 1: He was so proud that he wanted them all to come and look at the baby, too.

Narrator 2: No one got much sleep that night.
Sound Effect: Rejoicing and singing "Joy to the World"

Inspired by the book, Jesus’ Christmas Party, by Nicholas Allan. Copyright 1991, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

 

Closing:

Close with a prayer.



EDITOR'S NOTE

Have kids come up with sound effects ahead of time and practice.
Use props to make the sfx, like they do in a radio show.
In fact, you could do this as a radio show.

 

A lesson written by Sharon Troxell from: Marvin UMC

Tyler, TX

 

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Jesus' Birth- General

Drama/Puppet Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Our drama will incorporate some of Isaiah’s prophecy into the Nativity story

Scripture Reference:

Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture and puppet script ahead of time.
  • Gather the Materials

Materials List:

  • Puppet Stage
  • Puppets


Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction.

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Dig- Main Content and Reflection

Teach the children the background about Isaiah being a prophet and a statesman, married with two sons, who lived from about 758 – 698 BC. He lived during the lifetimes of four different kings (Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah), in Jerusalem, and at the same time as the prophets Amos, Hosea and Micah. The former nation of Israel had been divided into two kingdoms. The one in the north was called “Israel” and contained all the tribes (10) except Judah and Benjamin. (SHOW ON MAP) The southern two tribes comprised the kingdom of Judah, and that’s where Isaiah was called to minister.

Isaiah tried to give King Ahaz hope and a reason to believe God. He said God would give him a sign, if he would only trust in God alone. Then Isaiah told of future things, of the Savior, God’s Son, who would be born to a virgin and would be called “Immanuel” (God with us, see Isaiah 7:14), Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace (see Isaiah 9:6,7).

Isaiah’s job as a prophet was not easy because he often had to tell people, including the king, things they did not want to hear. He had to tell the people and the king to worship only God, not idols, and to trust God rather than to trust in their own strength.



Puppet Drama: He is Coming

The puppet drama will require the use of a 6’ long X 4’ x 5’ double curtain puppet stage when the puppet prophets “pop” up and down and give the prophecies of the coming of Christ. The drama of Christ’s birth involving Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus and the two angel messages may be done with live actors on the stage, or may be done in a smaller “window” puppet theater by puppets, if desired.

CHARACTERS:
4 puppet prophets, #1, #2, #3 and #4

Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, another (?) Angel of the Lord, baby Jesus and a narrator

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Scene I: The Prophets Tell of His Coming

(The four prophet-puppets may be operated by two to four children, depending on how many are present.)

Prophet #1: “He will be a descendent of Abraham. Genesis 22:18”

Prophet #2: “He will be a descendent of Jacob. Numbers 24:17”

Prophet #3: “He will come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10”

Prophet #4: “He will come from Jesse’s family. Isaiah 11:1”

Prophet #1: “He will come from Jesse’s son David’s family. Isaiah 9:7”

Prophet #2: “He will be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2”

Prophet #3: “A star will announce his birth. Numbers 24:17”

Prophet #4: “He shall be born of a virgin andcalled ‘Immanuel’, ‘God with us’. Isaiah 7:14”

Prophet #1: “He will be called Wonderful Counselor. Isaiah 9:6”

Prophet #2: “He will be called Mighty God. Isaiah 9:6”

Prophet #3: “He will be called Everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6”

Prophet #4: “He will be called Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6”

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Scene II: The Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (see Luke 1:26-38)

Narrator: The Lord sent the angel Gabriel to visit a young, unmarried woman named Mary in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. Mary was engaged to be married to a carpenter named Joseph.

Angel Gabriel: “Greetings favored one; the Lord is with you.”

Mary: (She just looks fearfully at the angel.)

Angel Gabriel: “Do not be afraid, Mary. I have good news. You will have a baby boy, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the son of the Most High. His kingdom will never end.”

(If desired, a teacher or a narrator could read Luke 1:30 – 33 instead, if the spoken lines are too difficult for the children to read.)

Mary: “How can this happen, since I am not married.”

Angel Gabriel: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you; the holy one to be born to you will be called the Son of God…Nothing is impossible with God.” (see Luke 1:35,37)

Mary: “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”
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Scene III: The Angel Visits Joseph (see Matthew 1:18-25)

(As the scene opens, Joseph is lying down and goes to sleep. An Angel of the Lord appears to him in a dream.)

Angel: “Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. The Holy Spirit has caused her to be carrying a boy baby. You are to call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Joseph: (He stays asleep, but in his dream he is paying attention to the angel.)

Angel: “The prophet said, ‘A virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel—which means, God with us.’”

Narrator: “Soon after that, Joseph was married to Mary, and took her home to be his wife.”

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Scene IV: Baby Jesus is Born in Bethlehem

Mary: (holding a puppet or doll baby Jesus) “Isn’t he wonderful, Joseph?”

Joseph: “Yes, and just think, he was born in Bethlehem, just like the prophets said.”

Mary: “I am a descendent of David, so our baby is also a descendent of David.”

Joseph: “It is an awesome job to be the parents to the Son of God! Thank you, Lord, for letting us love your Son!”
(Mary and Joseph both smile at baby Jesus.)

Discussion questions:

1. Can you think of any reasons God might tell people about the birth of Jesus hundreds of years before it happened? (ANS: Maybe it was to show that Jesus was really the Son of God, because he fulfilled the prophesies perfectly.)

2. Have any of our other lessons made you think of God telling people that He would send Jesus to be born some day? (ANS: Maybe students thought of it when they learned about God caring for Jacob and making a promise to Jacob that his offspring would be as many as the grains of sand. Or maybe Samuel’s love and obedience to God reminded them of how Jesus would always be loving and obedient to God the Father.)

3. Why did the Angel of the Lord come to visit Joseph? (ANS: He came to tell Joseph that it was OK to be married to Mary even though she was expecting a baby. The baby’s real father was God, not a man.)

Journal:

Girls: If you were Mary, and if the Angel of the Lord visited you, what would you say? Would you be willing to be the mother of Jesus? Why or why not?

Boys: If you were Joseph, and if the Angel of the Lord visited you, would you want to be married to Mary? Would you want to be Daddy to the Son of God? Why or why not?

 

Closing:

Have the children assist in the cleanup. Close with a prayer.

Close with a circle of prayer and invite children to return next week for a different workshop and to bring their Bible and a friend.

 

A lesson written by Lerner.

 

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