Jesus Fed 5,000 With A Boy’s Small Gift

Jesus Fed 5,000 With A Boy’s Small Gift

John 6:1-15

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:

(This skit requires brief preparation)
Father, who also serves as Narrator
Boy (holds a bag with some bread in it)
Girl
Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.

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:

Father

My daughter and I are standing with a huge crowed gathering on the far side of the Sea of Galilee.

Girl

Listen to what all these people are saying… We’re hungry!

Prompter & Companions

We’re hungry! We’re hungry!

Girl

(Standing to the right, beside Father, pull at his sleeve and beg loudly.)Daddy, I’m hungry! (Louder). I’m hungry, Daddy! I’m hungry.

Father

Quiet! Listen to Jesus. (Point beyond the audience.)

Boy

(On the other side of Father, speak loudly.) I was smart enough to bring something to eat.(Slowly lift bread from the bag toward your mouth, eyeing it, licking your lips.) Mmmm. Yum!

Prompter & Companions

Mmmm. Yum! Yum!

Girl

(Walk to the boy, eyeing his bread.)

Boy

Mmmm! Yum! (Look atthe girl, quickly put the bread back in the bag and set it beside you.)

Girl

(Walk away, then turn abruptly and go back.) Can I see in your bag? (Try looking into the boy’s bag.)

Boy

(Jerk the bag away, hold it tightly to your body and turn sideways to hide it from the girl.)

Girl

(Walk away, then stop, turn suddenly and eye the bread as the boy raises it to his mouth.)

Boy

(As the girl walks away, lift the bread to your mouth. When she turns to watch, lower the bread quickly and put it back in the bag.)

Girl & Boy

(Repeat this three times: Boy lifts bread, Girl turns to look at it, Boy lowers it, Girl turns away.)

Girl

(Pull father’s sleeve). I’m hungry! All of us! We’re hungry.

Prompter & Companions

We’re hungry! We’re hungry!

Father

Hush! Listen to what Jesus is saying!

Voice

Give and it will be given to you. Give to all who ask of you!

Prompter & Companions

What does He mean? What does He mean?

Boy

Oh, oh!I know exactly what He means. I heard you, Jesus. I guess I was selfish. Yes, I was selfish. (Go to the girl and hold a piece of bread out to her.)

Girl

Oh! Thank you!(Look at your Father.) My dad is hungry, too!

Father

You are very kind, young man. But we are not the only ones who are hungry. All these people are starving, too. (Gesture toward the audience.)

Boy

What can I do? I only have five barley loaves and two fish.

Father

(To the group). Do you recall what happened next? Tell us.

Prompter & Companions

Tell us! Tell us!

DISCUSS:

What happened next?

(Good answer: Jesus blessed the boy’s lunch and miraculously multiplied it to feed 5,000 others.)

How does this event display what Jesus often does with what we give for His work?

Jesus provided enough bread for everyone who wanted it. In what way does this compare to His assertion that He is the Bread of Life?

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