The Empty Chair-Drama Skit

The Empty Chair-Drama Skit

Themes: Making room for non-believers within the church; mentoring young Christians
Categories: Church Relations 

Using the game "Musical Chairs," this skit illustrates how church may sometimes seem uncomfortable to new Christians or non-believers.  Especially for the non-believer, it may feel like there is no room for him inside the church or no place that he fits in.  The characters in this skit show how "the system" should work and how to keep new people once they've brought them in.

Style: Drama

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Characters: 8 (8 Neutral)
Some characters can be doubled up if necessary.
Length: 3-5 minutes
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting: Two chairs are sitting about 3 feet apart on center stage.  As the scene opens, music is playing in the background, loud enough for the audience to hear but not too loud as to be a distraction.  Two people walk casually around the chairs in circles, like you would in the game of “Musical Chairs.”  One person has a sign around his neck that reads “Mature Believer.”  The other person has a sign around his neck that reads “New Believer.”   Before the dialogue begins, the people should walk around the chairs a few times, then as the music continues to play, the people continue to walk and talk around the chairs. 

New:                So, you’ve been playing this game for quite awhile, huh? 

Mature:            Oh yeah, a long time. 

New:                You must be pretty good at it then. 

Mature:            I’d like to think so.  

New:                Is it hard? 

Mature:            It’s not always easy but I think it’s very worthwhile. 

New:                What if I can’t learn it? 

Mature:            You will.  It takes time.  

New:                You’re going to help me though, right? 

Mature:            Of course I will.  That’s why I’m here—to teach you the rules of the game.  Any questions you have, I’m here to answer them. 

New:                Thanks! That makes me feel a lot better.  (pause) Actually, I do have a question.  Why aren’t there more people playing this game?  

Mature:            I don’t know.  I’ve never been able to figure that out. 

As the two continue walking, another person enters.  The sign around his neck reads “Non-believer.”  Non stands back at first, hesitant to join the others. 

Mature:            (seeing Non) Hey, come on in.  Join us! 

Non:                 (smiles) Thank you. I think I will. (he joins the other two, walking around the chairs) 

Mature:            (to Non) I don’t think I’ve seen you here before. 

Non:                 No, this is my first time. 

Mature:            Welcome!  It’s nice to have you here. 

New:                (taking his cue from Mature, speaks to Non) Yes, we’re so glad you decided to join us today.  

Non:                 I pass by here all the time but today I thought I’d come in.  

Mature:            I’m happy you did. 

The music stops abruptly and when it does Mature and New scramble to sit down in the two chairs, pushing Non down and out of the way.  It should be very obvious Non has been pushed out to make room for the other two.  As Mature and New sit smiling at each other, pleased with themselves, Non stands back shocked, confused and hurt.  After a moment Non gets up, dusts himself off and exits.  

New and Mature are unaware of Non’s departure or what has happened to him. 

New:                (still sitting in the chair, looking to Mature) That was great! 

Mature:            (still sitting in the chair, reaching out to shake New’s hand) I’ll say it was!  You were fantastic! 

The music begins to play again.  Both Mature and New get up and begin to walk in circles around the chairs again. 

New:                That was so much fun!  I still don’t understand why more people don’t want to play this game. 

Mature:            (shrugs his shoulders) You got me.  I think it’s the greatest game on earth!