YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

(You'll find more YM Quotes below the posts)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Substitute

-1 ball
-1 stop watch

-1 Coach/Tour member
-1 Volunteer
-1 Substitute/ Announcer (these characters can be separate or the same)

The Skit:

Announcer:  Boys and Girls, we are going to do something very special today.  I heard that there were some pretty amazing soccer players out in the audience today so we are going to have a juggling (called “taps” in South Africa, “Kick-ups” in England) contest.  Who out there is a good juggler?  

(Pick one, possibly two volunteers, depending on age and ability.  Ask the name of the
volunteer, who they play for.)

Announcer: Ok ladies and gentleman, this is your very own John D.!!!!  I am going to give John D. thirty seconds to get as many juggles as he can.  John, if you drop the ball just pick it up and keep going.  Audience, your job is to help count while I’m timing.  On your mark, get set, go!  (time for thirty seconds while audience counts each juggle. Let player know as time progresses.)

Announcer: Stop!!  Great Job John D!!  You had 36 juggles!  But ladies and Gentleman, we brought a world famous soccer coach with us today who was telling me on the way here that he was so good that he could beat any of your two scores combined in a juggling contest.  Do you think we should make him prove it?
(Audience Cheers)
Ok, then I need one more volunteer to add to John D’s score.  (Repeat process with another or skip this and have coach compete and LOSE solely against 1st player’s score).

Announcer: Ok Coach Cindy! C’mon up and show us how good you are.   Now kids...Since Coach Cindy was going on and on about how sure she was she could beat you all, I think she should definitely be punished if she loses, don’t you?  (Audience Cheers)

(Coach Cindy is practicing arrogantly on the side and the announcer pretends to whisper to the audience)

...Cindy was also telling me on the way here that the thing she hates more than anything else in the world is doing push-ups! 
(Now loudly) So boys and girls what should we make Cindy do if she loses??
Audience: Push Ups!!!

How many?  (Leads audience to a reasonable number, ten maybe) Ok. So Coach Cindy you have 30 seconds to get more than 36 juggles or you will be punished with push-ups!

Coach:  No problem!  I’m the best! 

Announcer:  Ok, Coach Cindy.  You have thirty seconds. Ready, set, go! 
(Coach Cindy comes very close but loses)

Announcer: Well Coach, you did a great job but you just didn’t meet the standard.  So,
punishment!  What did we say she had to do kids?

Audience: 10 Push-ups!

Coach:  (Groans and looks distressed, but gets ready to do them)

Announcer: Ok, Audience you count, ready Coach, Down…

Substitute:  (stands up from the back of the room) Wait!!!  (Walks up the front, puts arm around Coach).  I am Coach Cindy’s friend and I love her very much and would like to take the punishment for her.

Announcer:  But...you didn’t do anything wrong!  You never mess up!

Substitute: I know, but I love Coach Cindy very much.

Announcer: Ok….well, audience, count!  (Everyone counts substitutes push ups. He finishes and Coach Cindy gives him a big hug of gratitude.)

God Spot:
Wasn’t that amazing how the coach’s friend loved her so much that he wanted to take her
punishment even though he didn’t do anything wrong?  You know, that reminded me of a very good friend of mine, Jesus Christ.  You see, I have done things in my life that were wrong and that I should be punished for.  We all have done these things! The Bible calls these wrong things  ‘sin’, and says in Romans 3:23 that every single one of us has sinned.  It also says that because of our sin we deserve to be separated from God forever! What a terrible punishment!  

But, there was one person who lived on this earth for his whole life without sinning.  That person was Jesus Christ.  And though he had never sinned, he looked at my sin and said, “That is my friend. I love her very much and I want to take the punishment for her.” And then he came to this earth and died on a cross for me, and rose again, so that I will never have to be separated from God again because of my sin.  But he didn’t just do this for me.  He took the punishment for all of us.  It is his gift to us.  And all we have to do to receive his gift and not have to worry about being separated from God is to tell Jesus that we accept his gift, and thank him for his great sacrifice in taking our punishment.  If anyone would like to do that, please talk to any of the leaders at any time.

(from AIS South Africa)

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