Life is funny. The things we laughed at as teens are long forgotten or coming back into style. The things we thought were oh-so-cool are mocked by our students. So don’t fret–just laugh along. It’s life.
This skit can be used:
- Just for fun
- To open a Bible study topic or message
- As a devotional message or discussion starter
Scene: New youth leader being interviewed by the church youth group.
Characters: 1 new youth leader [Pat], student characters [Amanda, Toby, Caleb]
Props (optional): Anything from the 80s. Clothing. Boom box. Cassette tapes. Etc.
PAT: Hi. I’m your new youth leader. I just want to let you know I’m cool. Nothing like your parents. I can relate to you. So, any questions?
Amanda: Yeah, how are you with technology? Do you text?
PAT: I was texting already when I was in your age. I learned about it in typing class.
Amanda: Maybe you don’t understand. Do you have messages for your phone?
PAT: Oh, yeah. I have a really funny answering machine message. Leave a message anytime, but since I screen my calls you should say you are from…
Amanda: [Interupting] No, I’m asking can we send you messages from our phones?
PAT: You have a fax at your home?
Amanda: No. Forget it. What kind of phone do you have?
PAT: Um, I think it’s a rotary. No touch-tone. What kind do you have?
Amanda: Most of us have android devices.
PAT: Your phone is a robot? Oh, you’re kidding. You know I could really do the robot at our middle school dance.
Caleb: [in a mocking tone] So, where did you say they beamed you in from? Seriously now, can we get to you through the social network?
PAT: You like Star Trek, too? Live long and prosper! Sure, you can page me anytime. Just punch in your number…
Caleb: You can’t be serious. You have a pager? Don’t you know about Facebook? Twitter?
PAT: Oh yeah. I brought my yearbook. You can check out my mullet. I don’t really care for Twizzlers.
Caleb: Even my grandma is on Facebook. She checks my profile and likes my status.
PAT: Grandmas are like that. They always want to check out your side view–so they can sneak a smooch on you and tell you how much you’ve grown. Even with my long hair she always says she likes my look. Grannies are awesome.
Toby: So, how exactly can you relate to today’s teen? We aren’t getting it.
PAT: I’m still cool. I’ve got Mick Jagger moves, Michael Bolton lyrics and my Hammer Time dance is just about right.
Caleb: [Sarcastically] Wow. You are cool. Hope we get to see your cassette collection when you bring your boombox.
PAT: Yeah, that’d be cool. So what do you guys want to talk about?
Toby: Well, we talked about this verse in Bible study today.
Amanda, Caleb & Toby: [in unison] It seems just perfect for you. Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. Hebrews 13:7-9
Message: Even if your church leaders, parents or teachers aren’t as cool as we think they should be–don’t be fooled. They have a timeless message that blesses us today–without any expiration date. God is not old-fashioned or a fad. Can you think of anything cooler than redeeming a fallen people to an eternal existence in a perfect Heaven? Don’t fall for mere appearances. Look at the heart–and the LORD meeting our needs–just as He has done throughout the ages. Who cares if the Apostles were cool? They passed on the Gospel message which we read about today!