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  Jack Willoughy's Christmas Crisis

Christmas Youth by Eddie McPherson

32 pages

4 m, 2 w, 4 flex, and a choir or singers.


When Jack Willoughby's youth minister has to go out of town at the last minute to visit his sick aunt, he leaves his best student, Jack, in charge of this year's Christmas play. But when everyone begins arriving at the church for the first rehearsal, this teen realizes his task may be more than he bargained for. Strange noises are heard in the empty church, an unknown janitor begins appearing and disappearing, and no one wants to cooperate with the new young director. It's beginning to look as if there may not be a play after all. Then things begin to change ...

  Littlest Angel

Christmas Youth by Helen Roberts

18 pages

13 speaking parts, extras.


The older angels are preparing for the coming of the Christ Child but the little angels have not been told the great secret and their mischievousness is disturbing. Michael, the littlest one, is the worst! But when the Guardian Angel explains, they are eager to do their share. How Michael is chosen to be the one to accompany Gabriel down to earth makes this a play of beauty and dignity for smaller children.  Performance time: 25 minutes. 

  First Christmas Lullaby

Christmas Youth by Patricia Stauffer

20 pages

7 m, 5 w, 2 teen girls, 2 boys, extras as angels.


Leah, a teenager, has never spoken a word in her life, and her mother, an old servant woman at an inn, feels guilty and worried about the future. But that all changes when Baby Jesus is born at the inn's stable. As shepherds come to worship Him, another miracle occurs and Leah speaks for the first time, to sing a lullaby. A beautiful, dramatic story. Performance time: 30 minutes.

  Gift: 7 Pounds, 3 Ounces

Drama by Gary Ray Stapp

82 pages

2 m, 2w, 1 male teen


An emotional, heart-opening journey about love, friendship, family, sacrifice, and what it truly means to give begins with an enormous Christmas tree wrestled into the warmth of a Colorado cabin. The Britton family, Brad and Tina and their son Nick, are eagerly anticipating the joy of a fun-filled holiday vacation spent with their close friends, Kyle and Jan, who arrive bearing gifts of sentiment, sarcasm, and sass. The two couples merrily begin to share their laughter, their affection, and their memories of the good ol’ days, but too soon Jan begins to quest...

  Jonah and Bigfish

Anytime Youth by Richard T. Young

40 pages

22 flexible characters, 12 with doubling.


This is a somewhat zany retelling of the traditional story of Jonah. Although enhanced with some extra characters and scenes, the theme and overall message hold true to the Old Testament Scriptures. Included in the story is Herald, the angel who acts as God’s voice and has the ability to turn up at unusual places and in unusual ways. In the opening scene a handful of fun-loving woodland creatures discover Jonah asleep, and bring in the right blend of seriousness when they realize he must be the prophet. Along the way Jonah interacts with some sailors who even...

  Bible Story Skits

Anytime Youth by

26 pages

5 skits


Here are five Bible story skits that will captivate hearts, and because they are written in rhyme, it is super easy for young children to memorize their parts. Laughter will fill the air when your children perform "Noah's Zoo." At just the right moment, the narrator, perplexed and bewildered, recites, "By the time he was through, Noah had himself a zoo!" In "Daniel and the Friendly Lions," one of the lions stands and declares, "I'm certainly no dummy...This man, Daniel, doesn't belong in my tummy!" They will delight any audience - any day of the year.

  Children's Christmas Gift

Christmas Youth by Lorelei Graybeal

11 pages

Flexible cast.


All the children in your church can participate in this play which explains the nativity in a simple, beautiful way. Two youngsters, Sam and Lori, have brought their young friend, Terry, to their church's Christmas pageant rehearsal. When they open a gift box which contains items associated with the nativity - an angel, a doll, a toy lamb, a shepherd's staff, and others - Sam and Lori explain to Terry that these are the best gifts to receive. Scripture readings and carols by the other children enhance the explanations of the nativity and add beauty to the per...

  A Way ... in a Manger

Comedy by Tracy Wells

24 pages

4 m, 6 w, 5 flexible, 2 youngsters, small children’s choir, and extra adults


The Thompsons like to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus by displaying a nativity scene on their front lawn, much to the dismay of their homeowners’ association president, Mrs. Matthews. Citing "rule 763" she wants the display taken down – immediately! Mrs. Matthews gets her wish when she discovers that the Thompsons’ nativity figures have been stolen by local troublemakers. As Mrs. Thompson's oldest son Joey sets out to find the figures, he meets Maria, a troubled young girl who has wandered onto his yard looking for shelter. With the help of three w...

  Angel in a Ball Cap

Christmas Youth by Eddie McPherson

32 pages

Approx. 5 m, 4 w, 7 flexible, 2 boys (small speaking), children’s choir.


Little Peggy Angel, known around Heaven for always wearing a ball cap, is very shy. But when she learns that an upcoming audition for a heavenly messenger is open to all angels, she decides to try out. This is her chance to do something important and she’s both scared and thrilled about the opportunity. That is until another angel named Diva informs Peggy that she shouldn’t waste her time auditioning for something this significant. Peggy’s confidence is crushed and it’s up to her friends to encourage her to follow her heart and attempt to become involved in t...

  Silent War

Reader Theatre by Clete Melick

20 pages

4 m, 2 w


Here is a perfect play to introduce children to the Underground Railroad. Designed as a Reader’s Theatre, "The Silent War" is a story of three slaves – and eight little mice – who escape to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Uncle Amos, Belle, and Buck Henry, all slaves on a Kentucky plantation, didn’t plan to escape until they met Zakary, a Bible salesman and abolitionist. He shows them the way to cross the river into Ohio and from there travel north to other stations. Along the way, the three slaves are helped by other dedicated abolitionists including...

  Simple Beginnings

Christmas Youth by Dorothy Dunham

28 pages

3 m, 5 w, optional 3 m.


Mary had her simple life with Joseph all planned out, that is, until she had a visit from the angel Gabriel. He told her of the great honor that God was bestowing on her; she would be blessed above all women. Come along on Mary's journey to see what it might have been like for her. Sense her excitement as she visits Elizabeth and learns more about Jehovah and His awesome power, and experience her broken heart over Joseph's unbelief. After Joseph has a visit from an angel in a dream, he decides to take Mary as his wife straightway. When he and Mary confront he...

  Angel Vision

Christmas Youth by Virgil Mochel

27 pages

Large flexible cast, doubling possible.


A troop of young angels are singing their rousing "Angel Flight Song" as the play opens. Some of the angels have questioned the wisdom of making their announcement of Christ's birth to some lowly shepherds rather than to somebody "important." Through the miracle of "Angel Vision," they are able to observe firsthand how four potentates (King Herod, the Roman Governor, the high priest, and a wealthy businessman) would react if their announcement were made to each of them. They gratefully announce Jesus' birth to the shepherds as originally planned by God and ta...

  The Christmas Carol - A Special Request

Christmas by Shana Oshira

28 pages

Large, flexible cast for adults and children


It’s Christmas Eve and Jim and Nancy Marley, with their three kids, Tom, Belle, and Tony, have just returned from buying more presents at the mall. They agree that they’re too tired to go to church, so after a quick prayer, they head off to bed. But when young Tony makes a special request, Gabriel, the Angel of Christmas Past, appears. He starts the family on a special journey which is soon led by Mike, the Angel of Christmas Present, and then Archie, the Angel of Christmas Future. Needless to say, the family’s journey to Bethlehem that wonderful night change...

  Christmas Mission Across America

Children Christmas by Debbie Layher

14 pages

10 agents and a group of younger children, no gender requirements


The children are given a "Mission Impossible"-type assignment to take a trip across America to find things that remind them of the original Christmas story. The young “agents” travel to Texas, Iowa, Alaska, Maine, Hawaii, and Florida to find things in each state that remind them of the nativity. In between stops to the various states, younger children may sing or recite poems. The play concludes with a reminder that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and a prayer that we won’t be at war for any Christmases in the future. Optional corresponding scripture readings th...

  Christmas Revisited

Christmas Youth by Barbara Gove Gill

14 pages

3 m, 4 w.


A group of modern teenagers discuss how disenchanted they are with Christmas. By a miracle, the television becomes a time machine. Mary appears and tells them what it was like to be a young, frightened girl visited by an angel and finding herself pregnant in an era when that was punishable by death. The kids are amazed to realize that teens were involved in the first Christmas.