Joseph is one of my favorite Biblical characters. In his story we learn that God knows the future and we can trust Him. We also see faithfulness and forgiveness demonstrated in profound ways. Here is a skit that I wrote for children’s church, which involves the audience. It is a bit longer, so I’ll just post one scene here and provide this downloadable copy:
Scene 2 – Not a typical day at Home Sweet Home
Bible MV: (Recite Philippians 4:13) “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Jacob: (Thinking out loud) Hmmmmm. I want to do something special for Joseph. I will make him a coat. A coat of many colors! (Go gets a rectangle of white paper that has been folded in half. A neck hole has been cut out in the middle and the front has been cut from the neck hole to the bottom. When done, tape edges from the arms down)
Audience leader: We need some volunteers to help Jacob with Joseph’s coat. (Gives each volunteer some squares [about 3”x3”] of colored paper and a glue stick.) Here are some pieces of paper. We need you to glue them to Joseph’s coat. You can glue them wherever and however you want. (Give them time to finish…. then ….) Thank you! That is beautiful and so colorful! You may go back to your seats.
Jacob: (Calls) Joseph, come here! (Joseph comes) Joseph, I’m impressed with how quick you learn and with your work around here. I made a special coat for you. Come try it on!
Joseph: (puts on coat) Thank you Father! It’s gorgeous! (hugs father) Thank you! Good night father. (Goes to side of stage and lays down.)
Jacob: Good night son. (leaves) (lights dim)
Extras: (Stand in a circle. 1 goes to the center. All the others bow to the center one. Then they all leave. They come back. One holds up a moon. One holds up a sun. The others hold up stars. They all bow down to the sleeping Joseph. Then they leave.)
Jacob: Good morning family! Rise and shine! There’s work to be done!
Reuben, Judah, Joseph (wearing robe), and Extras: (Come in, greet Jacob, and sit down near him) Good morning father!
Joseph: May I tell you all something father?
Jacob: Sure son. Come here. Family, Joseph is wearing the new robe I gave him. Joseph you are one special kid!
Joseph: Thank you Father. I had an interesting dream last night. My brothers and I were out in the field harvesting wheat. Then their sheaves of wheat bowed down to mine.
Reuben & Judah: (sneer) Are we going to bow down to you?
Joseph: Then I had another dream. The stars, moon, and sun bowed down to me.
Jacob: (wondering, reflective) Will I bow down to you? …. Hmmm? Will anyway, it’s time to get to work. Boys, take the sheep to the upper pasture. Joseph, I’ll send you with some food in a couple of days.
Reuben, Judah, & some extras go get the sheep and walk around behind the audience and back up on the stage while everyone else leaves the stage.
Judah (Sits watching the sheep and talking to Reuben) I’m not going to stand by while Joseph gets all the honor! It’s not fair!
Joseph: (walks in wearing the coat and carrying a bundle) Hey brothers! Dad sends his greeting. How is it going? I brought you some fresh food!
Reuben: (takes food and leaves) Thanks!
Judah & extras: (grab Joseph and tear off his coat) Thanks for nothing. You little dreamer! Throw him in the well over there. (throw him out a door or behind the set or into a box)
Joseph: (talks into a water bottle to get the well echo effect) Help! Help! Get me out! Help!