Resources for Youth Leaders

And she shall bring forth… © 2006

Setting: News Room:  Roving Reporters in different areas

Texts and quotations can be flashing on screen behind the anchor

Texts: 1 Cor. 6: 18 - 20

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

People Meter Question: Striking Similarities?

  • Do you support the view that unwed teen mothers are similar to Mary in many respects?

Reporter 2: Experiences (Either by observation (through hidden camera in which case this turns into a short dramatic scene) or interviews.

  • Teen Mother
  • Teen mother’s parents
  • Church Member/s

Feature

  • Feature on Teen Pregnancy

Reporter 3: Man on the street reporter soliciting feedback from the man in the pew

We are asking our members in the pew two questions

  • What are your feelings on this matter of comparing current teen pregnancy to the experience of Mary the mother of Jesus who was herself an ‘unwed’ mother to be?
  • Do you believe that the fact that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock makes the issue of teen pregnancy not as bad a sin as other sins?

Anchor wraps up by inviting an expert to make an appeal.  She is really inviting the person for the vesper.

Commercial breaks would be: special music, poetry and other creative forms depicting the Biblical stance on teenage pregnancy, and a call to sexual purity.

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Single and Surviving © 2009

Mother is seen with apron, hair in curlers, pot in one hand, child holding on to leg, and her place is in a mess.  She is obviously frustrated.  Music is playing loudly by her teenage son.

Mother:  Jeff for the hundredth time turn the volume down!  Cecelia come and help me!  Shannon I’ve spoken to you countless times about coming into the kitchen while I am cooking.  You will get burnt! (She tries to pry the child away from her leg even as she is holding the pot, hot substance spills on the child and she screams in agony causing the mother to shout for the other daughter)  Cecelia Carter, I command you to come and help me this moment!  Take Shannon from the kitchen!

Cecelia who is about eleven years old, comes grudgingly into the kitchen and tries pulling away her screaming sister from her mother.  Her cell phone is in her hand even as she grabs her sister impatiently.

Shannon: (resisting) Let me go!  Let me go!

Cecelia:  Come here you naughty brat.  You are disturbing my conversation (she speaks into the phone)…..Daddy…can you call me back….something here needs my attention...And don’t forget what I told you.  I need it for Thursday… yes, call me back…Love you too daddy.

Mother spins around on hearing her

Mother: (in an accusing tone) You have been talking to your father all this time?  You didn’t tell me.  (soft and deadly)  Why didn’t you tell me?

Cecelia:  (offhanded) He told me not to tell you.

Mother: (deathly calm)  What do you mean he told you not to tell me?  (voice level rising) Who do you live with?  (angry) How dare he call you without my knowledge!

Cecelia: (almost rudely)  He is my father.  He bought me the phone mother, remember?  I may live with you but HE is the one who buys me whatever I need.

The young son who is thirteen walks into the room and hands his mother a letter.  She reads it before flinging it down and exclaiming.

Mother:  You know I have no money Jeff.  You cannot go, understand?  Tell your teacher that. The money I struggle to earn for you is for books, not field trips.

Jeff:  That is not fair. (pointing at Cecelia)  She gets everything she wants but I always have to do without.

Mother:  Life is not fair. (she reaches out patronizingly to touch him but he flinches and moves away from her as she says sadly)  I wish I could give you what you want.  Your father is not in contact with us, you know that.

Jeff:  (angry)  Yes mother you have told me that several times before.  (He looks at Cecelia as her phone rings and she says happily)  Hello…daddy…I didn’t expect you to call back so soon….(She moves away to speak to him privately.)

Jeff:  I’ve never seen my father mum, but she sees hers all the time.  You keep telling me you would arrange a visit.  How is it I don’t know who my father is and Cecelia is always talking to hers?  Tell me why?  I get nothing while her father is always sending stuff for her and meeting her to take her out.  It is just not fair.

Mother:  Oh Jeff (She reaches out to him again the same moment an exclamation is heard from Cecelia)

 Cecelia:  Oh my gosh.  You mean now!  That would be great daddy! Yes, I would ask mum…I’m dressed already.

She runs over to her mother

Cecelia:  Mum, dad wants to pass for me now.  He is in the neighborhood and wondered if I would like to go for ice cream.  Can I go, please   (pleeeeeez)?

Mother sighs just as a car horn is heard blaring and Jeff shouts out

Jeff:  I’m coming.

Mother:  Coming where?  Who is that? Where are you going?

Jeff:  Out, with my friends. People who care for me.

Mother:  You need a firm hand Jeff Taylor.

Jeff:  (quietly) You mean like a father maybe?  Well in case you didn’t realize, I don’t have one mother.  That’s what you told me, remember.  So I am my own man.

Mother:  As long as you live in my house you abide by my rules

Jeff:  (wryly) That’s  usually something a father would say…don’t you think?

He  turns and  storms out of the house the same moment Cecelia shoves the phone to her mother and says

Cecelia:  Daddy wants to speak to you.  Please say yes mother, I would die if you don’t

Mother:  (taking the phone)…Hi Sam…..ok…no it is not a problem…just have her back before 8:30.  She needs to get enough rest for school tomorrow.  I’m only letting her go because she already completed her homework…ok…bye

Cecelia: (throwing her arms impulsively around her mother says)  Thank you mum!  (She then leaves the room happy and singing)

After she leaves, Shannon pulls her thumb out of her mouth to ask

Shannon:  Mummy…

Mother:  (wearily) Yes babes…

Shannon:  (in a plaintive tone) Where is my daddy?

At that point the mother bursts into tears crying out.

Mother:  Oh God, my life is a mess.  How can I make it? I made these mistakes before I met you.  Now that I met you, please give me the strength and wisdom to deal with the consequences of my actions.

Shannon once again moves to her and holds on to her leg.

They freeze

Song:  His Strength is Perfect by CeCe Winans

 Action shifts to the business professionalow can I

 A well dressed woman is seen dressed for a date sitting waiting impatiently, looking at her watch.  Her doorbell rings.  She jumps up, straightens herself, puts on a nice face and a sultry walk and goes to the door, with a bright expectant look on her face.  A female voice is heard before we see the person walking into the room: 

Christine: Chantal, you have date? You are dressed up really nice  (lifts her face and smells the air)  And I smell a very expensive perfume too…? (accusing) Chantal are you in another relationship already?

Chantal:  What do you mean already?

Christine:  You just broke up with Frank.  And before that it was Larry…and…

Chantal: (raising her hand to silence Christine)  It is not as you make it out to appear.  I am just having a casual date with a guy from the office.  In case you hadn’t realized it Christine, I am single…and eligible, if I dare say so myself. (smugly)

Christine:  You said the same thing to me when you started seeing Frank, and Larry, and Henry and…

Chantal:  (cutting her off) Obviously you know too much of my business.  Christine I am 31.  My biological clock is running out.  I have a career, a house, finances…I just need a man to wrap the equation up.  I have needs you know.  God didn’t create me to live alone.  He put a need within me and I am satisfying it.

Christine:  But you don’t have to be desperate about it.  Be patient and let the Lord work things out for you.  All those men have just been after your money.  Frank was unemployed, Larry had two children from a previous relationship,  Henry was a player….

Chantal:  Conrad is different.

Christine:  Oh, so that is his name.  And how long have you been seeing him, because obviously you have been keeping this a secret from me and I am your best friend.

Chantal:  I knew you won’t approve.

Christine:  Well if you know I won’t approve then it is obvious you know that you shouldn’t be with him. You obviously have your own misgivings. So why are you dating him?  Probably another deadbeat man…?

Chantal:  Because…as I told you…I have needs Christine.  I am not you.  You seem content with your singleness.  You are obviously a gifted NUN.  I am not.  I need a man in my life to make my life complete.

Christine:  What utter rubbish.  God made us complete individuals.  A relationship is two complete people becoming one; not two parts of an equation making up a whole.

Chantal:  (sighing)  I am burning up.  I need attention.  Paul said it better to marry than to burn.

Christine:  So you will marry anything the cat drag in?  Your need is a spiritual one.  Fill that void first and everything else would settle into place.  None of these men are spiritual are they?  And don’t tell me they attend Church because that is not what I mean.  Church attendance is no guarantee of spirituality.

Chantal’s phone rings. She hastily flips it open and puts it to her ear. We hear Conrad’s voice.  Christine puts it on speaker and listens in on the conversation.  Chantal glares at her as Conrad’s voice envelops them

Conrad:  Hi Sweetheart

Chantal:  Conrad where are you?

Conrad:  I got a little tied up.

Chantal:  Tied up doing what?

Conrad:  If I tell you it would spoil the surprise.

Chantal blushes.  Christine looks annoyed  rolls her eyes and mouths a protest as Chantal purrs

Chantal: So would I see you soon?

Her features crumble as Conrad says

Conrad:  Not tonight baby but I will make up for that tomorrow night.  We would go somewhere really special.

Christine sucks her teeth.

Chantal: (in a silted tone)  But I am dressed and waiting Conrad; have been waiting for over 30 minutes.

Christine: (mouthing)  Hang up the phone.  Get rid of him.  He is fooling you.

Conrad:  I am so sorry babes but the matter was pretty urgent

A woman’s voice is heard in the background. Christine’s eyes widens.  Chantal’s own narrows

Woman’s voice:  Who’s that darling?

Chantal: (deadly soft and sarcastic)  Is that your mother in the background Conrad?

Conrad: (stuttering) Yes…She dropped in suddenly

Chantal:  (in a saccharine tone) From the grave Conrad?  Because last I heard from you she was dead.  You must tell her I said goodnight; and tell her she should stay with you because you are a perfect match; she dead and you dead beat.  In fact you should go spend time with her … in the grave… because you are nothing but a scum…lower than dust…don’t call me again you creep!!!.

Conrad: (pleading): Baby don’t go there…I can explain…’ 

She slams down the phone trembling uncontrollably with mixed emotions before breaking down and crying.  Christine comforts her and says softly

Christine:  You did the right thing Chantal.  Let me read Psalms 84:11 for you… “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  You have interpreted that ‘good thing’ to be male companionship so you keep running after it. Trust God Chantal and don’t run it down.  I have been trusting him and living a perfectly fulfilled and contented life as a single. A wrong choice would make you worse off than you think you are now. Wait patiently on Him.

Freezes

Song:   Guard Your Heart (Steve Green)

Attention is now focused on the divorcee

A woman, Liz, sits going through documents Items are strewn all around her along with boxes. She gets up stretches and says  wryly

Liz:  It has to be done.  And there’s no time like the present.

She walks around the room that is full of pictures. Wedding Picture, newborn picture with parents, family picture with grown children, graduation pictures etc.  She takes a wedding picture from off the wall and looks at it.  As she does that the sound of the ‘bridal march’ is heard.  She slumps and sits as emotions consume her…

Voice is heard:  …Do you take this woman…to love and to cherish…till death do you part...  “I do”

Liz:  (quietly)We were supposed to be together till death Nathan.  How could something so right get all so wrong?

She puts the picture in a box and reaches on the wall for another picture.  It is a picture of a mother, father and newborn. She hugs it to her chest as memories and emotions  again consume her

Excited voice:…It’s a boy!........(sound of baby crying heard) …Congratulations honey…. Let’s call him Arlin.  For he is a continuation of our promise to each other

Liz drops the picture in the box as she says wryly

Liz:  But you broke that promise to me Nathan.  To me and the kids.  You left me for a younger woman.

She moves around packing away stuff and as she does so talks to herself…it is like a soliloquy..

Liz:  Twenty five years to pack away. 

         A box just wouldn’t do. 

        How can that be done in just a day

       When I’m still consumed by you?

      Not only have you left me

      But the children have grown up

     It’s their turn to change their course in life, but guess what

     You followed them out

     I knew one day that this full nest

     Would be empty of their cries

     But thought that when I looked around

    You would still  be at my side

    Instead I’m facing debts and fees

   Tuition and Mortgage to pay

    Didn’t you promise to stick with me

    Forever come what may?

She sighs before picking up the phone looking at it and saying

Liz:  And the children not even calling.  It is as though they have forgotten me too.  Everyone has forgotten me.  I am so lonely.  After having a full house of kids and a husband for twenty five years I am alone.  How will I ever survive? 

Voice heard:  And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mothermore than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (and he that loveth husband more then me is not worthy of me) . (Matther 10: 36 – 38)  When my father and my mother (and my husband and my children)  forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.  (Psalm 27:10)

Liz:  Oh my God please give me the strength to go on with you by my side.

Freezes

Song: (Packing up the pieces)  Friends are Friends forever by Michael W. Smith (Can see on UTube  if don’t know it)

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Petra Pierre – Robertson © 2009 

The Third S - Draft AY Programme © 2018

FROM IDEA TO IMPLEMENTATION

 Program Title: The Third S

Brainstorming Session/sMay take hours, days or weeks depending on team or level of creativity: May involve Leader, Executive, Council or designated group. The team must have a creative person.  If none elected invite someone even if you have to import.

  • Show video clip or newspaper clipping or have interview
  • Explore the issue of Homosexuality
  • Utilise appropriate resources
  • Glean a Textual/Biblical Base
  • Present statistics
  • Do questionnaire prior to the program to glean inclination/occurrence/evidence
  • Share findings from questionnaire
  • Voice of person feeling discriminated against or gay supporter “Like people of color, the disabled and other minorities before them, L.G.B.T. citizens seek to be accorded the same public dignity available to everyone else… he (the baker) sets this “sin” above all others and seeks not “religious freedom” but permission to discriminate.
  • Discussion/Public Speaking/Presentation/Drama/Newsroom
  • Songs:

Resources to consult during or after brainstorming session

    1. The Bible
    2. The Internet
    3. Experts
    4. Appropriate Books

Things to do based on brainstorming session

  1. Draw up questionnaire
  2. If Drama write script and get actors
  • If Panel get experts
  1. Match person to part

 

The Program: “The Third S”

Format

News Room

Roving Reporters in different areas

Texts and quotations can be flashing on screen behind the anchor

Texts: Romans 1: 26 (NIV) Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

1 Timothy 1: 9 (NIV) We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine

 

Reporter 1: Outside the celebration of gay couples/Outside the hotel that was sued for not issuing rooms/outside the bakery where the baker faces legal action

  • Clip of the scenes when gay marriage is legalized:  Underscore the line:  “Like people of color, the disabled and other minorities before them, L.G.B.T. citizens seek to be accorded the same public dignity available to everyone else.”

 

Reporter 2: Experiences (Either by observation (through hidden camera in which case this turns into a short dramatic scene) or interviews.

  • The baker
  • The clerk
  • The Hotelier

Feature

  • Feature on Homosexuality

 

Reporter 3: Man on the street reporter soliciting Feedback from the man in the pew

We are asking our members in the pew two questions

  • What are your feelings on this whole issue of the rights of homosexuals and the church embracing of the same?
  • Do you believe that the baker’s refusal to bake a cake for the gay couple was not an exercise of  “religious freedom” but instead is was permission to discriminate?  Why or why not?

Anchor wraps up by inviting an expert/or the panel.  She is really inviting the person for the vesper.

Commercial breaks would be special music: poetry: other creative forms depicting the Biblical stance on homosexuality.

 

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