Bridging the Gap - Skit
Set-up and Materials Needed:
rumpled strips of blue fabric (e.g., blankets or sheets) suggesting a turbulent
river stretch end-to-end from the front of the stage toward the back.
“river” begins 1/3 of the way from the left edge
of the stage and angles back at 45°,
so that the right side of the stage is larger at the front than the left side
Close to the front of the stage are the left and right ends of a
bridge which does not completely span the river. A straight-back chair lying on
its front legs, seat perpendicular to the floor and its back not touching the
floor but stretching across the river, can simulate each end of the bridge.
Cover the side of the chair facing the congregation with a drawing of the end
of a bridge. Behind the left end of the bridge hide a drawing on foam board or
other firm material of the central span of the bridge. Label this connecting
piece “One Great Hour of Sharing” in letters dark and large enough to be read
from the last row of the congregation. Behind the right end of the bridge hide
a bottle of water, a piece of fruit, a tube of ointment, and a shovel (sliding
the handle under the “river” if necessary to conceal it).
On the left side of the river, three people (L1 who carries
a wallet containing several bills, L2 who has a checkbook and pen, and L3 with a coin purse or OGHS coin box) sit amicably in chairs at a table set with mustard
and ketchup bottles, paper cups, etc., to suggest a picnic. If your
congregation uses the coin offering boxes, place one with many coins in it on
the table. On the right side of the river, chaos reigns. Three people lie
crumpled on the floor: R1 face down close to the bridge, R2 further away with
limbs at odd angles, and R3 partially beneath a large cardboard box labeled
“School.” A box labeled “Medical Clinic,” other boxes representing buildings,
and perhaps overturned furniture are strewn about.
As the action begins,
the people on the left chat lightly about its being a beautiful day for a
picnic, etc. After a few moments, the people on the right begin to moan and cry
out in pain and horror.
gracious! What’s going on? It sounds like people are hurt! [Left-side people
rush to the edge of the river, upstage of and oblivious to the bridge.]
L2: It looks like
there’s been an earthquake.
L3: This is
awful! What can we do?
L1: We can’t
reach them. We can’t get over this raging river. [Left-side people run
distractedly along the river’s edge.]
downstage] Here’s a bridge, but it’s missing a key part. We still can’t reach
them to help!
and lifts up the drawing of the central span] Here’s the missing part of the
bridge. It’s labeled “One Great Hour of Sharing.” We can connect with the hurt
people through One Great Hour of Sharing! [Connects the ends of the bridge by
propping the central span, “One Great Hour of Sharing” side facing the
congregation, between the ends.]
L1: I want to
help, but I can’t go over there. I’ve got kids, a job, and commitments here.
I can’t just abandon my responsibilities. But, oh, I want to help.
L2: And we don’t
have the things they need. They need medical help, clean water, food, blankets.
They’ll need help rebuilding their homes and that school. [Looks back over
shoulder toward the picnic table.] We don’t have that stuff! Mustard and
ketchup don’t cut it after an earthquake.
L3: No, but we do
have something that could turn into the things they need. If we pool our
resources, between us we have a substantial amount of money.
L1: Do you think
so? Let’s try it. [L1 pulls money out of his/her wallet. L2 takes
out a checkbook, writes a check, and rips it out loudly. L3 brings the coin
offering box from the table or pulls a coin purse out, shaking it so the
coins jangle. All three place their offering on the bridge, close to the One
Great Hour of Sharing section.]
forward to pull out the water bottle and fruit from behind the right end of the
bridge.] Thank you! Thank you! [Stretches over to give fruit to R2. Pulls up
and limps behind R3, lifts R3’s head, helps him/her drink from the water
bottle. Returns to the bridge and drags out the shovel. Uses it to pry box off
R3: [Lifts up on
elbow and says with great relief:] Thank God! You rescued me. [Grips stomach
R2: I’ll see if
there’s medicine. [Turns toward bridge.]
conviction] You bet there’s medicine! [Pulls more money out of wallet and
places it on the bridge, close to the One Great Hour of Sharing section.]
ointment from behind right end of bridge, runs to R3, mimes rubbing it onto
R3: Thank you.
That feels better.
Together, we will survive. And we will rebuild. We must, for our children’s
[R1, R2, and R3 softly sing or hum the opening strains of an
appropriate song like “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” or “Grateful.” R1 and R2
begin straightening up boxes and stacking them to rebuild.]
L1: How brave
those people are!
L2: Did you
notice how they helped each other, even though they just lost everything?
That is love in action.
L3: Seeing them
work together amidst that destruction was a real lesson in cooperation—and
L1: It may sound
weird, but I feel good. I’m deeply sobered by the terrible pain those people
are experiencing, and the destruction. Yet, I’m hopeful. We were able to help
through One Great Hour of Sharing. We’ve done something really important.
L2: I know what
you mean. I feel blessed to have been able to help. I feel like God used me,
that God’s love reached out through me.
L3: That is so
cool! I want to keep on helping. [Wonderingly] I feel happy on the inside.
L1: We will
keep helping. We addressed the immediate needs now. Through One Great Hour of
Sharing, we’ll be there for the long haul, too, continuing to help with the
L2: I feel like
singing! [Sings out] I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart ...
L3: [Singing the
first line of the Christmas hymn] Joy to the world!
L1, L2, and L3:
[Together] Praise God!