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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.

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?

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.

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.

Jun 27, 2020

You're Invested [Skit for 'You're in' series part 4]

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


Ian and Sam sit, side by side. In the center half of the camera view.

Ian and Sam take out an Up&Go and shake it, fairly synchronized.

An arm comes into frame on Ian’s side of the camera view, with ‘church’ written/stuck to the forearm. The hand is opened, as if asking specifically for the Up&Go.

Ian shakes the hand cautiously, and gives his Up&Go (having not opened it), and the hand takes it promptly out of shot, then reappears quickly and briefly with a thumbs up.

A hand now appears on Sam’s side, again with ‘Church’ written/stuck to the forearm. The hand is opened, as if asking specifically for the Up&Go.

Jun 20, 2020

You're Influential [childrens story for 'You're in' series part 3]

Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - June 20, 2020



Hi Kids
Today we’re talking about influence
What does influence mean?
[read dictionary definition]
We built a roller coaster recently that has 20 loops in a row [picture]
We found that one loop had influence on the next loop, which had influence on the next loop, and so on.
If the roller coaster didn’t go around one loop fast enough, the train stopped on the next loop and didn’t make it any further.
Hey can we take a ride on the roller coaster?
Not yet, at the end.
Kids, you have influence on those close by you.
If you influence one friend, they can influence the next, who can influence the next, and the next and the next (and the next?) yes and the next, and the next, (and the next) yes and the next, and the next….
But what can you influence other with?
You could influence others to lie, or steal, bully others or even speak meanly to your parents, and then they could also start doing such things, and their friends, and their friends and their friends and their friends what a terrible world to live in.
But perhaps the greatest thing you can influence your friends with is love.
YES, if you love those around you, even if they’re mean to you, how much nicer would life be is EVERYONE was being loving to each other,
So we can do our bit to change the world simply by showing love to those around us. It’s not always easy, but you have influence, so it can start with you!
Ok, is it time to go on the roller coaster now?
Sure is, IF you get motion sick maybe get a bucket ready for this next bit, because we’re going loopy.

You're Influential ['You're in' skit series part 3]

Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - June 20, 2020

There’s two doors right next to each other. One door has a sign at the top “Eternal Death” and the other door has “Eternal Life” at the top.

Florence stands in view, to the side, reading a Bible.

Someone walks by and straight through “eternal Death” door, without hesitation.

Florence doesn’t really notice much.

A second person goes in “Eternal Death’ door. Florence still doesn’t notice.

A third person goes in “Eternal Death’ door, this time Florence notices, and looks a little unsure of what the people are doing.

A fourth person goes into the “Eternal Death” door

Florence shows sadness, they are throwing their life away.

A fifth person goes through “Eternal Death” door

Florence has an idea. Pulls out a piece of paper, writes on it, (we can’t see what’s being written), then sticks it on the ‘Eternal Death’ door at eye view

We see the sign clearly reads “Use other door.” And has an arrow pointing to “Eternal Life” door’s direction.

Florence goes back to stand in original position

A sixth person comes, opens the ‘eternal Death’ door partially, but then takes a step back, reading the new sign, then goes in the “Eternal Life” door.

Florence smiles.

A seventh person, does the same thing, almost goes in Eternal Death’s door, sees the extra sign, and changes mind, uses ‘Eternal Life’ door.

Florence, big smile now, follows into the ‘Eternal Life’ door too.

 

(Optional: Florence writes “out of order” above their ‘Use other door” words, just before they go into Eternal Life door)

Jun 13, 2020

You're Invaluable [Video for 'You're in' series part 2]

Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - June 13, 2020



[Set to reasonably somber/thoughtful background music]
Point of view video angle shows a hand holding a key the while time.
It tries the key in several locks around a house, but it uselessly does not open anything.
The key is taken to the street and thrown in the curb side bin, only to be soon discovered it was needed to open the mailbox.
The key is retrieved. Opening the mailbox finds a note which says "You're Invaluable"

You're Invaluable ['You're in' skit series part 2]

Performance: (postponed) Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - June 13, 2020


Guide 1 and Lost 3 fluently speak a mutual language other than English, labeled as Spanish in this script.

Spanish parts can optionally be subtitled for the audience

 

[The two Guides stand waiting, then Lost 1 enters and approaches Guide 1 while holding a map, looking confused]

Lost 1: Hello, can you help me find the way?

Guide 1: [Spanish] What? I can’t understand you.

Lost 1: Can you help me?

Guide 1: [Spanish] Sorry, I don’t’ know what you are saying.

Guide 2:  Hi there, do you need help?

Lost 1: Oh wonderful, yes, can you help me find the way?

Guide 2: Sure, I know the way. Go down there and you will find what you’re looking for.

Lost 1: Thank you so much! I’m so glad you could help me.

Guide 2: No problem.

Guide 1: [Spanish] Goodbye, sorry I cannot help you.

 

[Lost 2 enters with a map and approaches Guide 1]

Lost 2: Hello, I cannot find the way, can you help me?

Guide 1: [Spanish] What? I can’t understand you.

Lost 1: Can you help me?

Guide 1: [Spanish] Sorry, I don’t’ know what you are saying.

Guide 2:  Hi there, do you need help?

Lost 1: Oh, yes please, I’m lost, can you help me find the way?

Guide 2: Sure, I can help you. It’s kind of tricky, follow me and I’ll help you find the way.

Lost 1: Thank you so much! I’m so glad you could help me.

Guide 2: No problem, so glad I could be here to help you.

(Guide 2 and Lost 2 leave)

Guide 1: [Spanish] Goodbye, sorry I cannot help you.

 

Guide 1 is discouraged by now, standing alone. Lost 3 enters with map and approaches Guide 1  

Lost 3: [tries speaking in broken English] Hello, help find way?

Guide 1: [Spanish] I can’t understand you. I am of no use to you. You need to find someone else. I am sorry.

Lost 3: [Spanish] You speak ‘Spanish’??!!

Guide 1: [Spanish] What?? Yes, Yes, I speak [Spanish].

Lost 3:  [Spanish] Oh, great, great! I have been looking everywhere and NOBODY could help me. You are the only one! I’m lost, please help me find the way?

Guide 1: [Spanish] Sure, I can help you find the way. It’s kind of tricky, let me take you there.

Lost 3: [Spanish] Thank you so much! I’m so glad you can help me. I’d be forever lost without you.

Guide 1: [chuffed at feeling useful] [Spanish] I’m so glad I can help.

Jun 6, 2020

You're Invited ['You're in' skit series part 1]

Performance: Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church Online service - June 6, 2020

[A big Bouncer bloke stands by a door, party music and sounds behind the door. And person curiously comes up to talk a look]

Is there a party going on in there?

Bouncer: Yep

Sounds fun. I don’t’ think I’ve been to a party for ages. There’s so much going on in life, you know. I mean who has time to party.

Are there many people at the party?

Bouncer: Yep

I bet, bound to be heaps of people, by the sounds.

Have you got room for any more people?

Bouncer: Yep

Oh really. Nice. Nice.

Say, how does one get into the party? Do you need an invite?

Bouncer: Yep

Oh right. Of course you would. A party like that.

So… is there chance more people could be invited?

Bouncer: Nup

Oh I see, the list has been finalized, of course it has. I would love to be in there. But I guess if it’s invitation only, it’s invitation only. Does sound like a LOT of fun back there.

Say, is there a fee or something that can be paid to let me in?

Bouncer: Nup.

Oh of course, but I mean, can I go get you a drink or something? Shine your shoes? Anything I can do to get you to allow me in without an invite?

Bouncer: Nup

Oh, right. Fair enough. I didn’t think there would be. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

Do you know the list of people invited?

Bouncer: Yep

Oh, of course you do, how else would you know who to let in.

So um, can I get you to check a name for me? I have a friend, Robbie, he loves to party, was he per chance invited?

Bouncer: Yep

Oh right! There you go. Lucky him.

And um what about James? Was he invited at all?

Bouncer: Yep

Oh really, there you go.

Tell me, was Bianca invited?

Bouncer: Yep

Really?? Unbelievable. How did SHE get an invite.

What about Cathy?

Bouncer: Yep

No way. Unbelievable. Of all the people in the world.

Everyone seems to be invited. But am I invited?...

Bouncer: Yep/ Person: No! [same time]

What? Did you say… I’m invited?

Bouncer: Yep

Really??!!

Bouncer: Yep

Wow-wee, there you go! And all this time I thought I wasn’t invited.

Well, guess I’ll join the party then. Nice chatting.
Before I go, how were the invitations sent, because, I don’t recall seeing an invitation, It’s possible it went to my spam folder if it were emailed.

Bouncer: [holds out Bible]

Yes I have a Bible, thanks, though not overly inspired to read it.

Bouncer: [stands there still holding out Bible]

Oh. Is the invitation in the Bible?

Bouncer: Yep

That’ll teach me for not reading it, wont it, ha-ha. Guess I’ll have to now, won’t I.

Well thanks for your help

Actually, you know, you’re telling me there’s a lot of people invited. Is there anyone NOT invited?

Bouncer: Nope

Well.. that IS good news.

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