We have VBS at our church this week and I have a class of very active preschoolers that are all about motion and will not sit and wait for the story to be told in the manner in which our materials suggest. Yesterday I found a puppet skit that went along with our story. It was from the new One In Christ Lutheran day school curriculum. Have you heard about this stuff? It’s really quite marvelous and some tremendous writers spent a good many months working on it. (Insert little smiley winking icon that I have no idea how to add, here.)
Anyway, my puppet masters did such an awesome job, (my son and one of my favorite college students…thank you!) that I wanted to make sure I got to use them again today.
Internet search, “puppet skit Jesus walks on the water.”
Guess I’ll have to write my own.
I do my best thinking in the shower…I’ll be right back.
And, now, may I present, Jack and Maya and something about trust and Jesus saving us…
Jack: (mumbling under his breath and pacing back and forth)
Maya: Hi Jack. (pauses) Oh, you look worried. What’s wrong?
Jack: I, um, I have to do something today that really scares me!
Maya: What is it? What could possibly be that scary?
Jack: (looks around, then shouts at Maya) SWIMMING LESSONS!
Maya: Swimming lessons? That’s nothing to be afraid of! I took swimming lessons just last week and I loved it. My teacher was silly. She called me a fish!
Jack: But…I’m afraid. What if I can’t swim? What if I sink right to the bottom?
Maya: Oh, Jack, I was a little afraid when I had my first lesson too. That’s why your teachers are there. They keep watch over you and help you to do things you never thought you could do. Be brave Jack. Your teachers will keep you safe!
Teacher: Maya’s right, Jack! You should at least give it a try. Learning to swim means you get to have all kinds of fun in the water. Jesus has given you teachers that will keep you safe. That’s their job. Trust them. They will be right by your side the whole time. Jesus will too.
Jack: (exiting) I will try. But I’m not gonna like it.
Teacher: I think you might be surprised. Hey, come back after class and let us know how your lesson went.
Jack: (runs into the room) Wahoo! Wahoo! Wahoo! I had a great time swimming today!
Maya: I knew it!
Teacher: Jack, I’m so glad to hear that! What did you get to do with your teacher?
Jack: Well first we jumped into the water and I was really scared, but you know what? My feet could actually touch the bottom of the pool! Then we blew bubbles and did these things called bobs and then guess what, guess what, guess what!!!
Maya and Teacher: What Jack?
Jack: (slowly and with anticipation) I…floated. I did it! And my teacher kept her hand on my back for a little bit, but then she said she was gonna let me try it on my own, and she took her hand away and…I did it! (singsong voice) I floated and I didn’t even sink!
Maya: I love floating! It’s my favorite thing to do in the pool…besides flutter kicks and glides and just wait until you get to dive for rings!
Jack: I. Cannot. Wait!
Teacher: Jack, I’m so glad you learned so much at the pool today and that you trusted the teacher that God gave you enough that you had a really good time too.
I think it’ll do, and hey, now I have today’s post done.
Here you’ll find a little bit of everything. You were warned. It’s in the tag line. I bet you didn’t expect a puppet show though.
You’re welcome! 🙂