Note: This skit was given in the fall, prior to beginning a new small groups ministry.
Setting: Six to eight adults on platform, seated in semicircle.
Spotlight is first on narrator, then it moves to leader as he begins to lead the group. After he speaks, time stops—and the light moves to each member in turn as he or she thinks back over the previous year. (Their thoughts are prerecorded, and the tape plays when the light comes to them.) Each looks thoughtful—as the tape plays. Everyone else remains motionless, as if it is a moment frozen in time.
Narrator: "Come with us and join one of ____________ Church's small groups. It's 7:00 p.m. on a Sunday night in ____________, 199____. The group is sitting in a living room; let's listen in!"
Leader: "Wow, can you all imagine—it's been nine months since we started our small group! It just seemed like yesterday. We've had such a good year! Why don't we just take a few minutes and think what this year has meant to us!"
Man 1: "What can I say? Funny, I used to never say anything in Sunday school classes, when I went (which wasn't very often!). I felt so stupid—I didn't have much training in the Bible—and I was such a new Christian. I was afraid people would laugh at me. I felt so self-conscious! But in this group … I feel like my ideas are accepted. I don't get nervous about speaking out. And I'm accepted! I really believe these people like me! And I've grown so much. That's what I'll say … this group has helped me grow spiritually and has helped me gain confidence in speaking out about my faith."
Woman 1: "I can't wait 'till I can share! This has been an incredible year! I just didn't think I would make it—but I have, thanks to this group. ...