Stepping Stones-Drama Skit

Stepping Stones-Drama Skit

Themes: Women in fellowship and community with one another; women's friendships; women's groups
Categories: Friendship, Relationships, Life Situations, Topical, Christian Living, Women's Ministry 
Summary:

Four women at various stages of life come together at Stepping Stones, a local women's ministry.  At first their reasons for attending appear somewhat "superficial" but underneath each woman there is a desperate need to "connect." Mary, an "empty-nester" who can't quit sobbing uncontrollably, is actually seeking friendship and just someone to "chat" with; Bess, a middle-aged woman with two teen boys who "need a lot of prayer", claims to only be there for the refreshments since her boys "eat her out of house and home"; Sarah, who thinks a class titled "Sweeter than Chocolate" is about eating desserts (when in actuality it is a study in Psalms), just needs a break because she is a young mom with 3 toddlers under the age of 4; and Ruth who is 83 and keeps falling asleep, thinks she's there to play Bingo.  Though these women are at different ages, have different backgrounds and lifestyles, and have come to Stepping Stones for various reasons, one thing remains the same for each of them: they each have a deep desire for fellowship and community with other Godly women, which by the end of the skit they are convinced they will find. 

 
Notes:

This skit celebrates and emphasizes the important role women play in each other's lives.

 
Style: Comedy

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Characters: 5 (5 Female)
Length: 3-5 minutes
 
Excerpt (Sample)

Setting:  An office with several chairs   

As the skit opens, Jen enters with the 4 ladies: 

Ruth is an older woman in her 80’s who intermittently falls asleep throughout various times of the skit. The more dramatic and loud, the funnier it will be. 

Mary is a woman of about 50.  She is an “empty nester”—all of her children have left home and she is feeling sad and lonely.  She cries out at different points in the skit, and the more dramatic and loud, the funnier it will be. 

Bess is a woman in her 30’s.  She has children ranging from elementary to high school. She somewhat bold and loud. 

Sarah is a young mom with toddlers who is wore out and needs some time away from the kids. 

Jen:                 Ladies, please sit down and make yourselves comfortable. 

Jen sits behind the desk while the others sit in the chairs. Bess should sit next to Ruth. Gradually, (as the others talk) Ruth begins to fall asleep. Her head nods off to the side. 

Jen:                 My name is Jen and I’m the coordinator here at Stepping Stones Women’s Ministry. Before our meeting begins today, I thought it would be nice to have a few moments in private to welcome all of you, and to answer any questions you may have regarding our women’s group.  Let’s start by introducing yourselves.  Who would like to go first? 

Mary:               I will.  My name is Mary and I have 3 children.  My oldest son is a senior in college and my daughter got married last spring. My youngest son just left this year to attend college in Boston.  

Jen:                 Thank you, Mary.  It’s so nice to meet you. 

Mary breaks out in loud sobs—the more dramatic the better 

Jen:                 (immediately concerned) Are you all right?  

Mary:               (calming down) I’m sorry.  I’m fine.  

Jen:                 Are you sure? 

Mary:               Yes, really.  Please continue. 

Jen:                 (hesitant) Okay then, who’s next? 

Bess:               My name is Bess.  I’ve got 4 kids: 2 teenage boys and 2 girl in elementary school.  

Mary lets out another loud cry 

Bess:               Are you sure you’re okay? 

Mary:               Yes.  (dabs at her nose with a Kleenex) It’s just that teenagers are so wonderful!  

Bess:               (with a very skeptical look on her face) Since when? 

Jen:                 Perhaps we should move on. 

Loud snores are heard from Ruth 

Jen:                 (to Ruth) Excuse me?  Ma’am? 

More snores from Ruth 

Jen:                 I think she’s sleeping. 

Bess gently shakes Ruth 

Ruth:               (wakes up, sits up straight and shouts out) “I’m comin’, Henry!  Just let me put my teeth in!” 

Bess:               Ma’am?  

Ruth:               (more fully alert now, wide-eyed, looking around) What happened?  Where am I? 

Jen:                 You’re at Stepping Stones.  We were just going around introducing ourselves. 

Ruth:               Oh.  (composing herself) My name is Ruth and I’m 83 years old.  My husband Henry and I have been married for 61 years and I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. 

Jen:                 (obviously impressed) Well, we certainly are glad to have you with us Ruth.  

Ruth:               Thank you.  It’s nice to be here. 

Sarah:             I guess that just leaves me.  My name is Sarah and I’ve got 3 toddlers, ages 3, 2 and 1. 

Bess:               (aghast) Lord, have mercy, girl!  What on earth were you thinking? 

Sarah:             I don’t know.  I’ve been wondering that myself a lot lately! 

Mary:               (sobbing again) You are so lucky! 

Jen:                 Mary, I don’t mean to pry but is there something I can help with you with? You seem very upset.

Ruth nods off to sleep again 

Mary:               I know.  I can’t help it. I can’t stop crying.  That’s why I’m here. 

Bess:               You need a shoulder to cry on? 

Mary:               Yes.  I mean, no.  I mean, sort of.  Oh, I don’t know! (begins to cry again) 

Jen:                 (going to Mary, trying to comfort her) It’s okay.  You’re among new friends.   Go ahead and let it out! 

Mary:               I’m an “empty-nester” and I miss my kids!  (a long wail) Ever since I had my first son I’ve been “The Mom,” you know?  I changed diapers, made school lunches, went to every ballet recital…(blows her nose really loud)  but now they’re all gone and I don’t know what to do with myself! (sobs

Jen:                 (pats her on the shoulder) You poor dear.  

Mary:               My husband is at work all day and I have no one to talk to.  That’s why I’m here.  I didn’t even sign up for a class because I just wanted someone to chat with! 

Jen:                 That’s okay Mary, you have definitely come to the right place.  We’re some of the chattiest gals in town!  

Mary:               (thankful) Oh, bless you all! 

Jen:                 But as long as you’re here, I think you might benefit from our “Experiencing God,” class.  I think that study will help you create a deeper relationship with God, and He can begin to fill in the void you are missing with the departure of your children.  How does that sound? 

Mary:               Great!  Thank you so much! 

Jen:                 You’re welcome. (she goes back to her desk) Now Sarah, why are you here? 

Sarah:             To get away from the kids for a few hours! 

Bess:               Amen, sister! 

Sarah:             Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids but with all the dirty diapers, and the baths, and story time and play time and laundry, and “Mommy, look at this,” and “Mommy, I need that,” and (she begins to shout)Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!…(she stands up and pulls on her hair, then yells loudly) I just need a BREAK!”

Everyone stares at her, speechless for a moment.  Sarah slowly looks around, and as sanity returns she slowly sits back in her seat. 

Sarah:             (demurely) I mean, I’m here for the community and fellowship of other women, of course.  That and the Boot Camp exercise program. 

Mary:               You don’t look like you need an exercise program.  You’ve got a great figure, honey.  

Bess:               Besides, running after those 3 toddlers is plenty of exercise for anyone! 

Sarah:             Well, I also signed up for the Sweeter than Chocolate class.  I figured if I’m going to be eating all those sweets, I better add some more exercise to go with it. Otherwise, I’m gonna gain 20 pounds! 

The other look at each other and laugh 

Sarah:             What? 

Jen:                 Sarah, Sweeter than Chocolate is a 6-week Bible study in Psalms. 

Sarah:             (embarrassed) It is? 

Jen:                 Yes.  

Sarah:             No sweets?  No chocolate? 

Jen:                 Afraid not. 

Sarah:             (disappointed) Oh.  

Jen:                 But you know, I may have another group for you that may serve you better. 

Sarah:             Nothing could be better than chocolate. 

Bess:               She’s got a point, Jen. 

Jen:                 Okay, maybe not better than chocolate but helpful just the same.  The class is called Moms on a Mission.  It’s for moms just like you who have young kids and who just need some “mommy” time. They’re also reading “The Power of a Praying Parent.”  I think you’ll enjoy it.  

Sarah:             That sounds good.  I’ll give it a try, even if there is no chocolate.  Sorry about the mix-up on my part. 

Bess:               Hey, don’t beat yourself up sister, I’m just here for the refreshments myself.  

Jen:                 (a little surprised) Excuse me? 

Bess:               Hey, I’ve got 2 teenage boys who are eating me out of house and home, okay? I’m lucky if I get a crumb of anything! I’ll take whatever I can get, whenever I can get it!