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Jan 9, 2021

Changing Minds [Puppet play about your sphere of influence and being kind]

 Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online  - January 9, 2021

 

THEME: You are the future - being a world changer/leader in your sphere of influence.

1. Hey, wanna come with me and throw some sand at Isaac? It’s going to be great. He gets so mad!
2. Yeah, ok.
1. I’ll let you know when I’m ready to go, see ya.

2. Hey wanna come with me and throw some sand at Isaac? It’s going to be great. He gets so mad!
3. Yeah, ok.
2. I’ll let you know when we’re ready to go, there’s a few of us going, see ya.

3. Hey wanna come with me and throw some sand at Isaac? It’s going to be great. He gets so mad!
4. Yeah, ok.
3. I’ll let you know when we’re ready to go, there’s a heap of us going, see ya.

4. Hey, wanna come with me and throw some sand at Isaac? It’s going to be great. He gets so mad!
5. Umm, not really. That’s not a very nice thing to do. Would you like someone throwing sand at you?
4. Ummmm, no.
5. Well there you go. Hey, can you help me pick up this rubbish? The wind blew over the rubbish bin and it’s gone everywhere. Won’t take long if we do it together.
4. Umm, ok.

3. Ok, let’s go throw sand at Isaac.
4. Nah, I don’t want to come. It’s not a very nice thing to do. Would you like someone throwing sand at you?
3. Ummmm, no.
4. Well there you go. Hey, can you help me pick up this rubbish? The wind blew over the rubbish bin and it’s gone everywhere. Won’t take long if we do it together.
3. Umm, ok.

2. Ok, let’s go throw sand at Isaac.
3. Nah, I don’t want to come. It’s not a very nice thing to do. Would you like someone throwing sand at you?
2. Ummmm, no.
3. Well there you go. Hey, can you help me pick up this rubbish? The wind blew over the rubbish bin and it’s gone everywhere. Won’t take long if we all do it together.
2. Umm, ok.

1. Ok, let’s go throw sand at Isaac.
2. Nah, I don’t want to come. It’s not a very nice thing to do. Would you like someone throwing sand at you?
1. Ummmm, no.
2. Well there you go. Hey, can you help me pick up this rubbish? The wind blew over the rubbish bin and it’s gone everywhere. Were nearly finished.
1. Umm, ok.

6. Hey, did you guys clean up all that rubbish? Nice work! I was just getting a broom to try clean it all up myself. The wind blew it everywhere. Hey, Wanna go play in the sand pit until lunch time’s over?
1. Sure… Isaac. [Isaac leaves]
I’m glad we didn’t go throw sand at Isaac. I guess it is better to only do things to others that I’m happy for them to do to me.
I’m also glad I have friends who help change my mind – to do the right thing.
Be kind to everyone, kids, and the world will be a better place in the future
See ya!



Dec 19, 2020

Christmas Cross ['Breaking news' skit]

 Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online Christmas service - December 19, 2020



1 Newsreader
Tonight on Channel B news:
• Traffic chaos on the D1, as census travellers come to town.
• Accommodation lockout, as the inns fill up city-wide.
• Parliament requests ideas, for an end of year religious festival.
• Bethlehem Broncos name their new coach.
• And one puppy’s lucky escape from falling down a well.
But first to breaking news.
A bright light has been seen in our sky tonight.
We cross now to Edison for more on this breaking story.


2 ASTRONOMER
EDISON: Thanks Rachel. Yes, a bright light has mysteriously appeared over Bethlehem tonight.
I’m here with the head of the astronomy task force, Galileo.
So, what is this light we can see in the sky tonight?

GALILEO: We don’t know, actually.

EDISON: I’m sorry? You don’t know what the bright light is?

GALILEO: No. There’s nothing on our scrolls that show something like this should be appearing in the sky tonight. In fact, we’ve never seen something this bright in the night sky before. We’re very excited.
[holds a dull, not excited face for 3 seconds]

EDISON: Yes, of course you are.… well there you have it, there’s no bright ideas here, back to you, Rachel.

3 Newsreader
Thanks, Edison.
We now cross to Barbra, who is with a shepherd who saw something else in the sky tonight. What’s the story, Barbra?

4 SHEPHERD
BARBRA: Yes, Rachel, I’m here with Germain, who is a professional sheep watcher. Tell me, what did you see tonight?

GERMAIN: I was just counting my sheep, and getting a little tired, you know, but then this bright light appeared. Scared me sheepless. It was an angel, and he told me a messiah was born, and that I’d find him lying in a manger.

BARBRA: And did you find this messiah?

GERMAIN: Not yet. I have a lost sheep at the moment, but as soon as I find her, I wool go look for this messiah.

BARBRA: There you have it: a shepherd, an angel and a Messiah. Seems the grass really is greener out here. Back to you, Rachel.

5 Newsreader
An interesting development indeed, thank ‘ewe’…. Baaarbra
Let’s cross to our political correspondent at Herod’s palace and see what the government know about this. Washington, what have you found out?

6 PRIEST
WASHINGTON: Yes, Rachel, I was here earlier when some wise men from the east visited King Herod. They too mentioned this messiah, and that made Herod furious. I hadn’t seen him so angry since someone parked in his chariot space last Wednesday.
I have Herod’s personal priest here. Pablo, can you confirm where the messiah is to be born?

PABLO: Yes. According to the prophet Micah, he will be born in Bethlehem. [waves to camera] Hi mum!

WASHINGTON: Well, there you have it. It does appear this little town will bring the messiah to the world.
Now, Herod has sent these wise guys out to find the baby, and asked them to report back where the child is, so that he may “worship” him also.
From what I can tell though, if they do tell Herod where he is, that will be the end of the baby, because you know Herod, he’s known for killing anyone who might take over his throne.

7 Newsreader
[cuts off]
We interrupt our political reporter because we’ve just located a wise man who was at Herod’s palace. Let’s now cross to Fien-stine, what have you found out?

8 WISEMAN
FIENSTINE: Yes, Rachel, I’m here with Solomon, who says he’s travelled many months following this bright light, which has led him to Bethlehem.
Tell me Solomon, who is it you hope to find here tonight?

Nov 1, 2020

So Thirsty [puppet play about thirsting for somethgin more: Jesus]

  Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - November 14, 2020

Psalm 63. Thirsting for Jesus. The temptations of this world, very subtly mentioned in this play, just don't satisfy like our living water, Jesus, does.

[ Derick Dealer and Thirsty Theo walk up to each other]

Derick: [cheery] G'day mate

Theo: [sad] Hi

Derick: What’s up with you?

Theo: I’m really thirsty!

Derick: Thirsty? Why is that? What have you been doing?

Theo: Dunno. I was just driving around the city all day in my new BMW 7 series and... I didn't think I could be, but... now I’m thirsty.

Derick: Hmm, did you get out of your car at all?

Theo: Yeah?

Derick: We’re you wearing a hat?

Theo: Yeah?

Derick: Oh. Well what kind?

Theo: A Rabbitohs cap. [insert popular local sports team that can't seem to win a grand final - or the pastors team]

Derick: Oh... I see!

Theo: What?

Derick: Well that’s not going to help your thirst.
Say, do you like chips?

Theo: Sure do.

Derick: I got some salt and vinegar chips here. They should help take your mind off your worries. Drown your sorrows.

Theo: Thanks man, you’re the greatest!
Mmmmm, nice. You’re right!

Oh... now I have even more thirst hanging over me!

Derick: Oh, well... want some corn chips?

Theo: Can’t say no! They look so appealing. More exciting than what I get at home. Don’t tell my wife! Thanks.
Oh yeah, this is awesome....
Oh... now I’m even MORE thirsty, and I feel all dirty!!

Derick: Oh, well, are you a gambling man? You could try these pretzels?

Theo: Oh sure, they could solve all my problems, thanks mate.
Oh no, those pretzels are just making me more thirsty.

Derick: Maybe you need something harder, like these little chilis.

Theo: Whoa what are you doing with those!?
No way, I’m not into that kind of thing.
I've heard too many stories of the after effects.

Derick: You’re tough to satisfy, aren’t you.
I guess you could try some water?

Theo: Water? That doesn’t sound very exciting.

Derick: I’ve heard it’s good for you.

Theo: I dunno. It’s not very MANly is it.

Derick: I know. But a lot of people around the world insist it’s the greatest thing.

Theo: But we’ve evolved so much better stuff.
I can’t see how time old water can compare.

Derick: There a lot of debate about that, yes.

Theo: And some get too immersed in water and drown, don’t they?

Derick: Some do go too far and lose themselves in it, yes.

Theo: And I’ve seen in the news some water is really polluted? Especially hurting children?

Derick: Yeah, what people do with water can certainly be harmful.

Theo: Heeey? Hang on. Have we REALLY been talking about water this whole time?

Derick: Mmmmaybe.

Theo: Ok, ok. Let me try water?

Derick: Don't have any, sorry.

Theo: What!??

Derick: Hey there’s a pastor, he’s got water. He must know how to find water.

Theo: Cool thanks.

[start to walk off separate directions]

Derick: I hope you find something to satisfy your thirst!

--- [either continue with the following or have it as a second act, perhaps after sermon]  ---

Theo: Hey, excuse me Pastor, do you know where I can get some water? I’m just so thirsty!

Pastor: I do, here you go [hands Bible]

Theo: [confused] Thanks?? [stares at Bible, then stares at camera -fade]

Oct 24, 2020

In Love [skit about motives for a relatioinship with God, and/or keeping the Sabbath]

 Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - Postponed


Four men come out of a flower shop, in turns one after the other. A Reporter with microphone interviews them each as they come out.

Reporter: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, today we’re at the local florist and we’re surveying some blokes reported to be buying flowers for their wife every week. We want to find out what it is that drives these guys to do such a lovely thing every weekend for their wife.
Hello Sir, could you tell us, why have you bought flowers for your wife this week?

1: Because I’ve been bad, actually. 

Reporter: Oh really?

1: Yeah, and if I don’t get her some flowers, I fear she might get very angry at me! And I’ve heard stories about how angry my wife can get, back in the old days. So I get flowers for her each week.

Reporter: So you’re just trying to keep her calm?

1: That’s it! I think it’s working so far.



Reporter: OH, I see. Well… best of luck with that.
Hello Sir, could you tell us, why have you bought flowers for your wife this week?

Oct 10, 2020

The Peacemaker [Puppet play with Abbot and Costello feel]

 Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - Oct 10, 2020

 

 

[Alex] Well hello children! Today I’d like to talk to you about something called peacemaking. Now…

[Costa] Hey! Alex!  Have you seen my baseball bat?

[Alex] Well hello Costa, say I was just telling the children here we’ll be talking about peacemaking today

[Costa] You were talking to the children?

[Alex] Yes I was?

[Costa] Well I don’t see no children?

[Alex] No, there’s no children here.

[Costa] Well then how are you talking to the children if there’s no children? Huh!?

[Alex] Well no, the children are watching us from the camera

[Costa] There’s children in the camera? We’d better get them out. They’ll make a mess in there.

[Alex] No no no, they’re not IN the camera. The camera is recording us and the children will be watching us on the Internet.

[Costa] On the internet?

[Alex] That’s it.

[Costa] We that’s terrible!

[Alex] Why is that terrible

[Costa] You can’t have children on the internet unattended – that’s a a very dangerous place for a child to be unattended.

[Alex] Oh well I’m sure they have their parents with them

[Costa] Well I hope so, if children are on the internet unattended, they could fall off and break a leg or something.

[Alex] We’ll I not sure that’s how being ON the internet works.

[Costa] Hey have you seen my baseball bat? I think Jimmy took it, he’s so mean.

[Alex] Is he really?

[Costa] Yeah, I tell you, he makes me so mad. I‘m making up a picture of him looking like a donkey and stick it up on my instagram

[Alex] Well that’s not very nice

[Costa] Yeah, well, he deserves it, he stuck a picture of me looking like a pig yesterday

[Alex] Oh did he.

[Costa] Yeah, he mustn’t have liked the picture I posted of him looking like a monkey on instagram   

[Alex] Now why would you do that?

[Costa] Well he posted a picture of me looking like a skunk

[Alex] Now wait a minute. Wait a minute. You’re replying to each others pictures in revenge?

[Costa] Yeah

[Alex] We’ll, isn’t that a little silly. When will it stop?

[Costa] I dunknow. When he says he’s sorry.

[Alex] Well now, maybe he’s waiting for YOU to say you’re sorry?

[Costa] We’ll I’m not saying sorry. Especially if he too my baseball bat

[Alex] You mean that one behind you?

[Costa] Oh… yeah.

[Alex] I think you two just need to stop, say you don’t like what the other person’s doing and apologize for what you’ve done. Then you could make some peace!

[Costa] Make some peace?

[Alex] Yes. And go play some baseball

[Costa] With Who?

[Alex] Naturally. And Jimmy too.

[Costa] What?

[Alex] Him too,

[Costa] I don’t know

[Alex] There, you’ve got the bases covered. So delete your mean picture, go say sorry, make some peace and play some ball.

[Costa] Yeah, ok. Thanks Alex.

[Alex] Well I’m sorry kids, we’ve run out of time to talk about peacemaking, and I’d better go watch this ball game and help people to play nice…. [ leaves screen but comes back quickly] Kinda like peacemaking I guess.

 

Sep 5, 2020

Father's Wish [a Father's Day video Skit]

 Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - Sept 5, 2020

Jul 25, 2020

Forgiving Welcome [church welcome for a srermon on Forgiveness]

Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - Jul 25, 2020

G'day, and welcome to our Castle Hill, Seventh-day Adventist Church, online service. 

Have you ever needed forgiveness?
Did you get it?
How did you feel when you knew you were forgiven?
or, How do you feel knowing someone still hasn't forgiven you?

And have you ever needed to forgive someone for something significant?
Was it hard to forgive them?
Or is there still someone you just can't bring yourself to forgive?

Do you think someone can do something so bad that forgiveness is never an option? Or is there always a possibility for forgiveness?

The experience giving and receiving forgiveness is different for everyone.
But what is the ultimate meaning of forgiveness?

Today we're excited to have Pastor Eddy Johnson exploring this topic a little later on.

But first, were going to have some music, praising our loving creator.

So, Whether this is your first time joining us, or if you're a long time family member of Castle Hill church, we're so glad you're watching, and it's our prayer that this presentation will be a blessing to you.

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