Debbie Layher

Several years ago, I was asked to work with the youth of my church as the drama leader. I told everyone that I was unqualified for this role, as my only theatrical experience is watching a lot of TV and dropping out of drama class in the 11th grade. But, for some reason, I’m still the go-to girl for drama at FBC. I love writing and wish it could be my job, not just my hobby. By day, I am a floral designer. Over the years, I have directed several dinner theaters, and just this year wrote my first one. Our team performed it during a weekend in August and it was one of the highlights of my life— corny as that sounds. I’m currently working on the sequel. I write children’s sermons and worship skits, as well. I live in a small town in southwest Virginia. In my twenties, I served 6 years in the U.S. Navy, which was a turning point in my life. I have a husband, a daughter in law school, 2 dogs, a cat, and a feral chicken in the woods behind my house.

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  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...