Activity time: 20 minutes
Preparation for Activity
- Identify nearby spaces where casts can rehearse.
- Optional: If the congregation has a costume and/or prop box, secure it for this session.
Description of Activity
Participants perform skits of caring.
Invite the group to think about situations where someone has cared for them or they have cared for someone else. It can involve the congregation or other communities. Tell them they will have the opportunity to act out their examples. Ask them to raise their hand when they have an example. Call on the first child. Guide them to imagine their example as a play or skit. Invite them to choose other participants and assign them roles. Say that the child whose example will be performed is the "director;" the director should not have an acting role, and they must be sure to listen to the ideas of the children in the cast. Cast as many skits as you can. Make sure every child is involved with a skit, even if you have to add a character or two.
Bring each cast to a separate part of your meeting space, or to nearby spaces they can use to rehearse. Indicate where they can find costumes and props, and give them about five minutes for rehearsal.
Monitor rehearsals. Watch that the "directors" treat cast members with respect. You might remind children to show caring while working on a skit about caring. Also watch for stereotypical casting or behavior: Girls should not be the only ones needing help, boys can do more than lift and tote, and smaller, shyer children are not less able to demonstrate caring actions.
Reconvene the large group and let each cast present it skit. After each skit, lead the group to name who was helped and how.