Gather A Seeker Cell

Gather A Seeker Cell

 

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Bob (home group leader), who also serves as Narrator
Carrie (young lady)

Louise

Gordie

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults who want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Bob

I’m Bob, a new “Person of Yes!” Let me tell you how my wife, Louise, and I formed a seekers’ group. A friend, Carrie, is alone, crying in her small apartment. Let’s find out why.

Carrie

(Weep, and then complain loudly, in your own words.)

I can’t believe it! My fiancé left me for that green-eyed bimbo. I’ll poison her!

No ? wait. It’s his fault. I’ll poison him! No ? wait. I can’t kill him. I still love the dog!

I’ll kill myself. Nobody cares about me…My dad has no time for me, Mom loves only her fine clothes and jewels; I can never please her. My brother thinks only about girls and cars.

How many sleeping pills will it take to end my lousy life?

Louise

(Approach Carrie.) Carrie, you didn’t show up at work. Is something wrong?

Carrie

Oh, Louise! Can you help me write a will?

Louise

A will? Carrie! Oh, no!I knew you’ve been hurting and I’ve been praying for you.Tell me about it. You can’t face your problem alone. None of us can.

Bob

Carrie explained her desperation, and Louise consoled her. Let’s see what happened then.

Louise

My husband Bob and I follow Jesus now.We’re forming a group for people like you, Carrie.

Carrie

I hate church. Last time I went, it was boring. They just begged for money. An arrogant preacher looked down at us from behind a heavy old pulpit and scolded. I felt alone.

Louise

Our Jesus Group is different.People feel comfortable in a small group among friends.Jesus and His apostles said to bear one another’s burdens and console one another.

Carrie

That frightens me. I don’t know the Bible and I’m embarrassed if they ask me to talk.

Louise

We don’t push shy people, Carrie. You’re free to say, or not say, anything you want.

We don’t just study the Bible; we do fun, helpful things that the Bible has in it.

We listen to each other, encourage each other and pray for each other.

Carrie

A JesusGroup! That sounds like a sect, something weird. I don’t want dogmatic religious people telling me what to do!

Louise

Our group is a satellite of an older church, not a sect. We work closely with other groups and other churches. Don’t worry about being pushed. Let Bob and me come to your home. You’ll be in charge. Invite your friends so that we won’t outnumber you.

Bob

Louise and Bob come that night to Carrie’s home and she introduced them to a friend.

Carrie

I invited a friend as you said, to protect me from your religious onslaught. Meet Gordie.

Gordie

I brought the booze, Carrie. And a few joints. Bob, I accept all religions; they all teach the same, how to be one with the cosmos. Okay, get it over with! Preach your eloquent sermon!

Bob

Gordie, we’re not here to preach at you. We’re here because we all need God’s peace and healing. I want us to discuss a story Jesus told about a shepherd seeking a lost sheep,just as God seeks to forgive and heal us after we offend Him with our bad ways.

Gordie

Sounds like a sermon to me!

Bob

But you’ll preach it! You’ll tell the story. Here. It’s from Luke 15.

Gordie

(Read.)

A shepherd had 100 sheep and lost one… He left the 99 in a corral, and went looking for the lost one until he found it… He laid it over his shoulders, came and gathered his friends to rejoice with him, because he’d found his sheep which was lost.

Bob

Do you know what happens in heaven when one of us repents? The angels sing for joy.

Prompter & Companions

What joy! Joy! Joy!

Bob

You’ve done the preaching, Gordie. Very good!

Gordie

Hey! Okay, now I’ll take up the offering! Well, Bob, now can I break out the booze?

Bob

Another neighbor whom Carrie had invited had come while Gordie was speaking. She frowned, and told me angrily that it was stupid to let an unbeliever deal with God’s Word.

Louse

Please, ma’am. This meeting is for Carrie and her friends who don’t attend church. We mean it to be a joyful gathering of us sinners, like those that Jesus met with in Zacheus’ home.

Bob

It’s healthy to let those who are interested consider God’s Word and discuss it.

Louise

(Embrace Louise.) Carrie, I was once that lost lamb, but Jesus found me, forgave me and gave me peace.

Carrie

Oh! I really need God’s peace and forgiveness.

Narrator

They talked about this, and Carrie relaxed. She trusted Louise and Bob, and began to trust Jesus, too. If she’d had ears of angels, inthat instant she’d have heard joyful singing above.

Prompter & Companions

Salvation! Salvation! Praise God!

Louise

Carrie, I heard you lament that you were disconnected from your family. Let Bob and me go with you to meet your family and talk to them about Jesus, too. I’ll bring hamburgers and frozen yogurt, and we can have fun.

Carrie

I’ve discovered something! Believers in Christ really do have fun! Happy cheer!

Prompter & Companions

Happy cheer! Happy cheer!

DISCUSS:

Let’s pretend we’re in Bob’s Jesus Group, and he’s leading discussion.

  • What does the shepherd’s story tell us about God?
  • How does Jesus want us to respond to this truth?
  • In what way can the shepherd story help people like Louise who are suicidal?
  • In what ways might Bob and Louise help Carrie get along better with her family?
  • How would we go about arranging a seekers’ meeting with Carrie’s family?
  • Who are some of your friends that we can intercede for now in prayer?

 

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