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  Martyred: The Chet Bitterman Story

Adult Anytime by Dan Neidermyer

47 pages

8 m, 4 w, optional children's roles, extras as desired.


Just before dawn, Jan. 18, 1981, Chet Bitterman was kidnapped at gunpoint in Bogota, Colombia, and held hostage for 48 days. Rebels demanded all Wycliffe Bible translators leave Colombia or Chet would be killed. Abducted from his wife and two toddlers, the 29-year-old man had recently come to Colombia to live with a remote tribe and to develop for them their own language in written form, then to translate the Scriptures into that language. Chet's is a valiant story of courage and witness under vicious pressure, a story of caring for his kidnappers, concern fo...

  Messages From the Heart

Skit by Dewey W Todd

57 pages

2 to 14 flexible, with doubling.


Here's a wonderful collection. Special services include Easter, Minister/Staff Appreciation, Foreign Missions, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Also included are general plays designed to enhance any service. Is there really "The Perfect Job"? A mother learns what her most important attribute is in "The Greatest of These." Your heart will be moved in "Who Drove the Nails?" And let's just stop the "Family Feud" and get to church on time! Scripture narration and suggested hymns included. Some of these plays will make your congregation laugh and some will bring a ...

  Mothers of the Bible

For Women Play by

28 pages

20 female roles, doubling possible.


Here are the stories of many mothers, some known, like Mary, Elizabeth, Ruth, and Naomi, and some not, like the wives of Noah and Job, who had a great influence on the course of human events. While women in Biblical times seemed to be just "things" to be owned, these mothers, with a love of their Lord, passed down lasting inherent goodness and courage to their children. In so doing, they helped to further Christian beliefs and moral standards. The various monologues, dialogues and group conversations show, in a conversational way, the depth, wisdom and love o...

  New Minister's Wife

For Women Play by

23 pages

12 w.


It is the duty of the Ladies Society to officially welcome the new minister's wife, whom they have heard is dignified, formal, and used to the activities of a much larger church and town. The ladies, wanting to make a good impression, rehearse their speeches and songs so they will look "classy." In Scene 2, the minister's wife, meek, absent-minded, and in the throes of moving day confusion, answers the door with a picture frame hanging around her neck. The dumbfounded ladies give a completely garbled version of their program to their bewilderment and chagrin. Eventually they are all in ...

  Not My Son

Drama by Dolores Klinsky Walker

39 pages

3 m, 4 w


What does the Bible really teach about homosexuality? How can some Christians think it’s an awful sin and others welcome gays into church leadership? Sixteen-year-old Peter thinks he is gay, and he’s still hoping it’s not true, that no one will ever have to know he even suspected it. Peter’s father is the pastor of a church, his best buddy is the leader of the youth group. The world would end if they and Ashley, a girl who’s definitely attracted to Peter, found out. But bit by bit his secret leaks out, and then he isn’t the only one facing the dilemma of being gay and Christian. This play...

  One Doggone Wish

Comedy by Tim Kelly

64 pages

7 m, 15 w, optional extras


Coco is a lovable French poodle who dies of a broken heart after being DOGNAPPED! Every pooch in doggie heaven gets one wish, and Coco’s wish is to return to school on the day of the mid-term dance. Her former owner, a teacher named Steve Ritter, taught Coco to “sing” and he planned to have her entertain. Coco was anxious to make him proud. Keeper, the basset hound in charge of such things, grants the wish but sends two other dogs to keep an eye on Coco as French poodles are inclined to be somewhat frivolous. The two other dogs are Alice, a blood-hound, and R...

  Pilgrim Women

Thanksgiving by

11 pages

4 w and the voice of Jesus.


Four Pilgrim women find their strength and faith fading as they face the incredible rigors of a harsh, wild, and unknown country known as America. Loneliness, despair, anger and fear are their constant companions. But when the women bow their heads in prayer and hear the voice of Jesus, they remember why they sought this country and give thanks after their first year in the new world. With minimal scenery, this chancel drama will enchance your Thanksgiving service.

  Heaven Only Knows

Comedy by Corey Sprague

14 pages

2 m, 1 w


A messenger of the Devil is sent to destroy the world but when he reaches Earth, he encounters a girl with ideas and problems of her own. Then we find out that the girl has been sent by ... you know who! One easy set.

  Piety Variety Gospel Show

Comedy by Scott Icenhower

38 pages

Cast: 3 m, 3 w with doubling or 4 m, 4 w, guest acts optional.


The year is 1960. “The Piety Variety Gospel Show” is a locally televised religious program that blesses folks between church services with music, religious news, and much more. But now the host, Brother Shelby Greene, faces a crisis. With new regulations that require him to start paying for his airtime, how will he raise the money and stay true to his calling? This is a comic tale about becoming a televangelist when selling religious items, having nice hair, and asking for money on air was something new. A singing quartet performs ten well-known hymns, and th...

  Faux Pa

Comedy by Jeffrey Watts

40 pages

6 m, 4 w, 4 flexible, extras,


Mild-mannered suburbanite Rob Clark is shocked when Eugene, an unlikely angel, tells him that he is going to have a baby. Rob and his wife, Cindy, have wanted a child, but they never expected Rob to be the one to get pregnant! Their family physician, Doc Mitchell, an old-fashioned doctor who'd rather be fishing, confirms the pregnancy, but Dr. Stern, a cynical psychologist, says everyone is nuts! Meanwhile, Rob and Cindy, who are trying to come to terms with the situation, are besieged by a parade of curiosity seekers, led by Dr. Stern, while Doc Mitchell com...

  Master Room

Drama by D. Terry Petrie

17 pages

2 m


A young assistant has been hired by an old keeper. It is the Keeper's dream to have the young man accept his offer to continue the tradition of loving care and the keeping of the priceless treasures found in the Master Room. The Keeper's last hope, for the future and a peaceful death, lies in the acceptance of his offer by the young man, who despises the room and job because it has restricted his ideal of life. Thus, in quiet desperation, the Keeper purposely activates the time lock of the vault door, trapping them for the night. He has one last night to conv...

  Mother-Daughter Talk

For Women Play by Jan Guise and Jacqueline Moody

18 pages

6 parts (3 moms, 3 daughters)


Hilarious and heartwarming, wise and witty, this vocal collage grabs your audience with fast-paced dialogue between three moms and their daughters. Perched on boxes at different heights, they recount their love and frustration with each other all through life, from the moment the daughters are born to their wedding days! And at each crossroad in life they say in unison, "You just don't understand!" Absolutely minimal staging, this high-spirited play is guaranteed to make your next Mother's Day program memorable.

  Naz

Mystery by Sharon Dunn

23 pages

4 m, 3 w


Investigator Keith Schwartz has been sent to look into the alleged suicide of Mr. Nazareth, a patient at the Fallen Oaks Correctional Facility for the Criminally Insane. But there are complications: The body has disappeared from the morgue, staff and patients are hiding something, and even the head psychiatrist seems reluctant to talk. Schwartz interviews the patients to discover what really happened that night. This one-act, single set drama is both a whodunit mystery and a retelling of the gospel for a modern audience.

  The Rehearsal

Drama by Earl Reimer

24 pages

2 m, 4 w


A drama troupe is preparing a play about Charles T. Studd, a missionary to China, India and Africa from 1880 to 1930. Andy, one of the actors, challenges how relevant the play is to today and in the ensuing argument makes a surprising discovery. Suitable for touring. About 35 minutes.

  Cell 66

Drama by

37 pages

4 m, 4 w.


Dramatized from real life events, this contemporary 1-act play focuses on religious believers in the former Soviet Union who were jailed for their convictions. Inside a jail cell, a small group of prisoners are trying to survive harsh interrogations and lack of food. When Katya is denied the privilege of visiting with her family who have traveled two thousand miles to see her, several in the group try to comfort her with a piece of saved bread. But the bread is missing. They suspect it was eatern by the newest prisoner, Nadya, a tough, streetwise woman. Later that night, an older woman, ...