The way I run things is a bit fast paced. But
when rehearsed with all of your co-leaders, it is seamless. I don’t ever appear
to be out of my depth, and neither should you. If there are things happening on
the side such as weird emergencies (there is always that one person who gets
stung by a bee right as things are about to start) you let your co-leaders deal
with that. You are the steely nerved leader who cast their gaze down the
barrels of the enemy’s cannon and grin.
Get everyone to sit down and start your skit.
Don’t thank them for coming yet. This happens after they get laughing and let
down their guard.
Introduction Skit: Chicken Farmer
Cast: Narrator, Farmer,
Hatchery Owner, "Crew" in the truck. These include yourself and your
co-leaders and chaperones.
Cast number: 3-13 Narrator can be played by Farmer or Hatchery
Owner or any of the crew. The Crew can be made up of 1 to 10 people.
Costumes: Farming outfits
Other: Farmer and Hatchery
Owner should have funny and distinct accents and personalities.
Skit: You and the crew are
in a pretend truck "driving" from one end of the stage to the other.
The Hatchery Owner is at the far end where you talk, load up and drive back to
your original side.
The truck and everything else are
invisible. You pretend to start the
truck, and the whole group "drives" over to the Hatchery owner.
You're just bouncing up and down going "brrmmummm" in unison. At one
point on the stage you yell "bump!" and you all jump in the air. When
they get there, the Farmer gets out of the truck, and walks over to the owner
while the other leaders (playing the crew) stay in the truck.
The farmer and Hatchery owner greet, and the
farmer announces that he would like to buy 1 dozen chickens, the owner agrees,
and they agree upon a price. The script on this is up to you. Be funny.
Upon agreeing on the price, the two spit in
their hands and shake. The farmer then turns to his truck, and shouts,
"Hey you guys, get on outta that truck an' looaad up these here
The Crew gets out, and they load up the
chickens. Invisible boxes are stacked in the back of the truck by crew. While
the chickens are being loaded, the farmer and owner can chat about the weather
Once all of the chickens are loaded, the
farmer gets back in his truck, and he and the crew all drive back to the Farm.
Don't forget the bump.
Narrator comes onto stage and announces:
"One week later" then the cast repeats the process 2 more times. The
second time, he needs 2 dozen chickens, the third time he needs 3 dozen
chickens. On the fourth trip, he announces that he needs four dozen chickens.
On each time, make sure the conversation is about the last thing they talked
about. Continuity is important.
At the fourth time, when the Farmer announces
that he needs four dozen, the Owner whistles, and says, "Man, you must
have a pretty good sized farm going on now."
The farmer then replies, "Well, I really
can't tell yet, but I think I'm either planting them too deep, or too far
Immediate Introduction: Give
the members a round of applause, introduce them and yourself and give this
speech or one like this:
Tell them they will be asking questions
“Hey everyone I am so glad you could make it
out here this weekend. We will be learning the most valuable foundation to our
Christian walk. We will be taking an in-depth look at The Genesis Creation
Account and some of the most overlooked resources inside of it. Just like the
Chicken Farmer, we have taken resources away from Sunday school, Church,
retreats like this, Christian self-help books, our friends and yes, even from
the Bible and gone our own way without knowing what to do with it. We never
bothered to ask how to apply the data. We never bothered turning the knowledge
into wisdom, or worse yet: We never knew we were allowed to ask. So that’s what
we will be doing. We will be asking tough questions. We will be going into the
Chicken Hatchery owner’s home, looking at his books, watching how he runs
things, so that when we drive our truck home, we won’t go planting our poor
chickens in the ground, but we will actually know what to do with them.”
Tell them it’s ok to ask questions
“Some of us in our lives have already begun
to ask the hard questions that never seem to be discussed in the pulpit or in
the Sunday School Class. We’ve dug into the depths of the Word of God and have
gone in way over our heads and have come out with even more questions than we
had to begin with. And that’s alright. When you open the first door behind the
taboo topics, there are always five more doors behind it. Some have called it
“The Rabbit Hole.” Just how far down does the truth go? We know from the Bible
that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. So when we follow truth, we
ultimately end up in His plan. So that’s what we are going to be doing. We are
going to have a lot of fun doing it.
Tell them they will be learning as a team
“These are team building exercises. You are
going to be doing many activities together as small teams. Each team will learn
to bind together, work thru personalities, share ideas, problem solve together.
Finally you will arrive at the end of the night as a well-oiled machine capable
of doing things together that you could have never done on your own.
Tell them there will be food, fun, and prizes
Alright! You already got your itineraries
when you checked in, what we are going to do in just a little bit is move all
of our stuff to the side and organize into our small groups. These are your
teams. By the end of the night, you need to have a team name and a team cheer
or song or skit that will be judged by everyone! It’s all going to be fun, but
there will be a winner at the end. There’s cookies, there’s punch, and there’s
learning. You will learn, you will wonder, but most importantly, you will enjoy
every minute of it.”