Angel at McDonald's: Advent Drama for Youth
"Angel At McDonald's" is a provocative drama that is a striking parable about belief in something that seems impossible and the courage to do what God commands. Two young women who are decorating a community center in an underprivileged neighborhood encounter three angry toughs who resent the girls' "kindness." With the gentle insistence of an angel who gives them an unusual assignment, the girls confront their fear and tell the skeptical ghetto kids about Jesus. And despite initial wariness, the message finds a home in some of their hearts.
This play can be presented as part of a worship service or as the entertainment at a church dinner or other gathering. It can be staged as elaborately or as simply as you wish, and lends itself to a readers' theater format. "Angel At McDonald's" is an excellent discussion starter that is sure to generate many viewpoints about our preconceived ideas of what constitutes "missions." And it connects the occasion of Christ's birth to the birth of new spiritual life. With realistic dialogue and situations, it's perfect for use with teenagers.
Linda M. Goens is the Director of Creative Worship Arts at the United Methodist Church of the Saviour in Indianapolis, where she writes and directs drama and clown sketches for worship in addition to choreographing and performing liturgical movement. A graduate of the University of California at Sacramento (B.A.) and Indiana University (M.Ed.), Goens facilitates workshops in spiritual journaling and creative worship. She is the author of "The Shepherds" (CSS) and "Praising God Through the Lively Arts" (Abingdon Press).
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activity center ain’t angel gave aren’t bags of toys believe big fat brave can’t CASEY begins singing CASEY exit CASEY’s face child’s hand Christmas carol Christmas Eve cookies courage crazy damaged or lost decorations Disgustedly doesn’t doll don’t believe don’t think don’t want Downing Square Youth enters the sanctuary feeling gang leader girls give go home go to Downing God’s gold cloth guess hear the message I’m scared I’ve isn’t It’s Christmas Eve Jerome about Jesus JEROME enters Jesus was sent knife leave LINA and CASEY little kids look manger at church manger scene McDonald’s Trash Okay PATRICIA and FRANKIE Pauses punch sacred cloth scared to death sins Square Youth Activity Stops stupid support person supposed take the cloth take them home talk teenage female tell a gang tell the Lord They’re thing told trash bin underprivileged wait What’s wimp won’t youth center