Rankin Sunday School Nativity Play 2014
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This year the Nativity Play was preceded by a short sketch performed by the Youth Group. Both scripts have been presented below and may be freely copied and performed non-commercially

YOUTH GROUP SKETCH

Christmas Eve Welcome to Pews at Ten. The first item this evening is the town of Bethlehem in Judea where there is great excitement in the town. There is much talk that a great event is about to take place. To find out what's happening let's go over to our special correspondent Robbie Rankin in Bethlehem.
Robbie Rankin Thank you Christmas Eve. Well, here in Bethlehem, there is a new King to replace the hated Herod. To help us all make sense of it I've got with me the Bible Historian Reada Lot and one of a group of astrologers from the world recognized Star Dome Observatory in Mesopotamia, I C Stars. Reada Lot do you believe that the Scriptures and particularly the work of the prophets also point to a new King being born?
Reada Lot Yes, for many hundreds of years, writers have predicted the arrival of a new King who would lead the people of Israel to greatness. Eight hundred years ago Isaiah said that the people who had walked in great darkness have seen a great light, their oppressors had been overcome and a child was to be born to them who would be known as ‘Wonderful Counsellor’, ‘Mighty God’, ‘Eternal Father’, ‘Prince of Peace’. He will rule in peace, basing his power on right and justice from now until the end of time. Two hundred years ago Jeremiah said “The time is coming when I will choose a king. He will rule wisely and do what is right and just throughout the land. When he is King the people of Judah will be safe and the people of Israel will live in peace. He will be called THE LORD OF OUR SALVATION." More recently, Micah said "The Lord says 'Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel. When he comes, he will rule his people with the strength that comes from the Lord and with the majesty of the Lord God himself. His people will live in safety because people all over the earth will acknowledge his greatness and he will bring peace.'
Robbie Rankin I C Stars, you have travelled over 500 miles across deserts to be here today, why?
I C Stars At the Star Dome observatory we are constantly looking at the sky at night, watching the stars seeing what is happening and trying to understand what that means for the future. With all these prophecies of a new King in Israel we have been keeping a close eye on Aries for signs that may affect Herod. We have seen the emergence of a new star that has become brighter and brighter, it is really dominating the night sky at the moment, it is virtually impossible not to notice it. This is really significant. It means the birth of a super king, a messiah. Several weeks ago it started moving and we decided to follow it. Finally it came to rest here over the little town of Bethlehem. We are now certain it means a new King will be born here in Bethlehem very soon.
Robbie Rankin Well there you have it, historians believe that the great prophets have been predicting the arrival of a new king to lead the people of Israel to greatness, and the astrologers are saying that this amazing new star, which looks even brighter tonight as it comes up over Bethlehem means a new King. The people out in the streets certainly believe it is going to happen very soon, possibly even tonight so there’s a great sense of excitement. Goodbye from me, Reada Lot and I C Stars here in Bethlehem and over to you, Christmas Eve, in the studio.
Christmas Eve Thankyou Robbie, and that’s all from Pews at Ten so its goodbye from me too. We have now got a Christmas special from the chancel of Rankin Church, Strathaven where the children of the Sunday School are about to present the 2014 version of their world famous Nativity Play. I’ll hand over to Rankin Church to see what is happening.

NATIVITY

Narrator 1 (at lectern) Welcome to our nativity, let’s set the scene. We travel back in time by over 2,000 years to the village of Nazareth where a young woman called Mary is going about her chores (Mary comes up onto chancel. The Angel Gabriel appears).
Angel Gabriel (standing on chancel next to Mary) Mary, don’t be afraid I bring you great news, God has chosen you to have his son and you will call him Jesus.
Narrator (Joseph goes onto chancel next to Mary) Mary was engaged to be married to a local man called Joseph, a carpenter. When she told him (Mary whispers in Joseph's ear) she was expecting a baby, he was very upset.
Angel Gabriel Don’t be afraid Joseph; take Mary as your wife. Her baby is the Son of God himself.
Narrator Joseph and Mary got married straight away. Shortly afterwards a problem arose. The Emperor had ordered a census and every man had travel to his place of birth to register. Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem, a long distance for the heavily pregnant Mary. (Mary and Joseph walk around church, Innkeeper goes onto chancel). By the time they reached Bethlehem they were tired and hungry.
Innkeeper (three loud knocks) Go away we are full up. (three loud knocks). I said go away there’s no room at the Inn. (three loud knocks) Are you deaf?
Mary and Joseph Please Sir, we need a room.
Innkeeper If it will stop you knocking, you can have the stable, but you’ll have to share it with the animals.
Narrator (All animals onto chancel into stable, making their own call as they come across - baa, moo, eyor, quack) So Mary and Joseph stayed in the stable and on that cold night Mary’s baby was born amongst the animals
Narrator (Shepherds stand at side of chancel) Meanwhile on a peaceful hillside Shepherds were watching their sheep when a bright light appeared,
Shepherd 1 What’s that light up in the sky, it’s scary
Shepherd 2 Maybe it’s a UFO
Shepherd 3 Or a comet!
Shepherd 4 It’s an angel from heaven
Angel Gabriel Don’t be afraid. I have great news; the Son of God has been born today in a stable in Bethlehem. Go and see him.
Song (to tune of Twinkle twinkle little star) Hello shepherds! Listen to me
While I sing a melody
Jesus Christ is born today
He is sleeping in the hay
Hello Shepherds! Run and see
Jesus came to you and me
Shepherds (all together) We must go now!
Narrator So the Shepherds left their sheep (Shepherds walk round church and join tableaux on chancel)
Choir (to 7 dwarves tune) Hi-ho, Hi-ho, to Bethlehem we go,
We've left our sheep all fast asleep,
Hi-ho, Hi-ho, Hi-ho,
Hi-ho, Hi-ho, to Bethlehem we go.
The baby's there in stable bare,
Hi-ho, Hi-ho.
Narrator At last they arrived in Bethlehem, it was very busy they had to fight their way through the crowds but eventually they found the stable. There they found amongst the animals (animals baa - moo - eyore - quack), Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus lying on a bed of straw in a manger.
Song (to tune of Jingle bells) Happy Day! Happy Day!
Jesus Christ is born!
See the baby in the hay
On this bright Christmas morn! Oh!
Happy Day! Happy Day!
Jesus is God’s Son
We can sing and clap – hooray!
Oh, see what God has done!
Narrator Far away in the east there lived some wise men who studied the stars. One night they were stunned by the sight of a new star, much bigger and brighter than all the rest
Wise Man 1 That must mean something very important
Wise Man 2 It is a sign that a new king is born
Wise Man 3 We must follow this star and find him
Song (to tune of Twinkle twinkle little star) Hello Wise men! on camels three
While I sing a melody
Jesus Christ is born today
He is sleeping in the hay
Hello Wisemen! Come and see
Jesus came to you and me
Narrator They packed up their camels with supplies and set off across the desert following the star. (Wise men walk round church)
Choir We three kings of orient are (verse 1)
Narrator The wise men had a long hard journey, they crossed mountains and deserts. At last the star stopped over Bethlehem
Wise Men (all together) At last we’ve found the baby king (Wise men go onto chancel and kneel in front of manger)
Wise Men (all together) We have travelled from afar and bring gifts
Wise Man 1 Gold
Wise Man 2 Frankincense
Wise Man 3 Myrrh
Narrator We will now sing the hymn – Away in a Manger. We will sing the first verse then please join in and don’t forget the actions.
Prayer
Narrator So that ends our Nativity and we’d like to invite you to join us in the large hall after the service to enjoy mince pies with your tea and coffee.
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