Skits for youth groups can take a dull lesson and turn it into something memorable that will get teens talking. If you've been teaching youth groups for any length of time, you know that there are times when a lesson falls flat or you need some extra material to keep things moving. Skits are perfect for filling this type of voice. Not only are they funny and interesting, but they get the youth group members out of the seats and involved in what is going on in class.
When to Use Skits for Youth Groups
There are many different occasions when you might want to use a skit with your youth group. Remember that skits can be as long or as short as you'd like them to be. They can be acted from scenes out of the Bible, created on the fly or made to suit a specific topic or two. Some good times to use skits in your youth group include:
- When finishing one Bible study and starting another topic as a transition
- When the class seems to be bored and half the kids are sleeping
- To break up a long lesson, so the students don't get bored and fall asleep
- To add some humor to a serious topic
- To stress a point you really want the students to remember
- When visitors, such as parents, come into the youth room and you want to make it memorable
- When a lot of new members come into the group to get them involved
Where to Find Skits
Luckily for youth leaders, there are many places to find skits that are suitable for teens. Of course, you can always use a pre-packaged skit. These are available in the form of a paperback book at your local Christian bookstore or through sites like LifeWay.com or ChristianBook.com. Most curriculum suppliers will also provide seasonal skits that match various holidays, such as Christmas or Easter. Why not have your youth group practice a longer skit and perform it for the adults in the church? Free online skits for youth groups are plentiful.
- Youth eSource - These skits are suitable for many different purposes. It may take you hours to read through them all, but you'll get a lot of useful ideas for skits to use with future youth group lessons.
- The Source - The skits on this site are geared especially for youth ministers to use with youth groups. They call their skits "stupid skits" and you'll find many different ones that will have your kids laughing. If you want one of the memories teens have of your youth group to be that there was often laughter and light there, then this is an excellent resource for you.
Once you've had a chance to study some of the available free skits or skits in books, you may want to try your hand at writing a few skits that pertain to whatever topic you are currently teaching in your youth group. If you have some students who are dramatic, they may be able to take a simple concept and improvise. For example, you might tell them that two friends are arguing and just see where they take it.
How to Use Skits
If you've not previously used skits in your youth ministry, then it may take some time for the teens to get used to this new facet of your teaching. Start by introducing very short skits. Teen volunteers may be scarce at first, so be prepared to set an example by acting out the skits with yourself and another adult volunteer. Once the teens see that you aren't scared to make yourself look a little silly to get a laugh or your point across, you'll likely have one or two brave souls who will volunteer to do the next skit. You may even have a budding actress or actor in your group.
Remember that skits are great devices to make a specific point memorable or break up the monotony of a long lesson.