Church Nativity Plays

Nativity Plays for Church Groups

Melene Wilsey - Saginaw Bay District,  Emerging Ministries &  Education Consultant, Michigan USA,

Melene Wilsey

The most creative and well written rhyming Christmas Play I have ever seen and experienced!
…. with user friendly format and easy to adapt features that any church size can use!”

Melene Wilsey – Saginaw Bay District, Emerging Ministries & Education Consultant, Michigan USA,

(after using the Children’s Nativity Story script for the Children’s Worship Festival in 10 different churches in the district)

 Borne out of a decade of experience leading our church nativity service, my bible based, entirely rhyming nativity scripts will work for any size church as they are

  • Simple                  (The rhyming makes the script easily remembered)
  • Inexpensive                      (from £9.95, and NO LICENCE FEE)
  • Adaptable      (suit any size and age cast, variations & suggestions included)
  • Flexible    (perfect if someone is ill or you need to make last minute changes)
  • Including sheet music and backing tracks (practice to the backing track, and have a pianist play on the day if you choose)
  • INSTANTLY DOWNLOADABLE (and available as a word document which you can personalise and alter as you choose.)

If, like me, your Sunday school changes in number, age and confidence every year, you will be glad that my scripts :

  • Require minimal time to rehearse
  • Include lots of optional small speaking parts which can be easily recast if necessary, and
  • Are carried by narration (all in rhyme) so that no one person is crucial to it’s success and no-one has much to learn

My nativity scripts are PERFECT FOR ALL OF THESE SITUATIONS as each script has been written to solve the different problems that I personally have faced and the lessons that I have learned over the years.

The cast of the church nativity plays

Church Nativity Plays:
The Cast of The Grandpa’s Nativity

I can GUARANTEE that there is a script to suit your church here.
Please see my customer testimonials for a true indication of how well they work.

Details of all 5 of my scripts are at the bottom of this page for your comparison but, for your ease, here’s a recommendation of which script solves your cast problems……                                                        

LARGE CAST?

  • Problem solved!

The following are scripted for a cast of 22 to 25 small speaking parts, and characters can be added in or removed without affecting the length of the script or the performance time.  (Suggestions are provided for you.)

SMALL CAST?

  • Problem solved!

As few children as 2   Surprised  Yes, really!

Small cast of ideally 10 or above (although some customers have easily adapted further to as few as 5 children)

 

The cast enjoy the funny nativity

Enjoying the humour of
The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town

Sad“WE’RE TOO OLD TO DO NATIVITIES!”

  • Problem solved!
  • The DIY Nativity Play (Our older children/teenagers loved this script as they led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….the relevant mockery is all scripted too!  No music is included as you include your choice of congregational hymns at the appropriate points.)
  • The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town (Songs and parts are included for younger children, but our teenagers loved doing the main narration and acting, particularly because of the gossiping Innkeeper’s wife’s perspective! We used this script for a nativity service at our church using hymns for the congregation to join in instead of the songs for the children to sing)

MIXED AGE CAST?

  • Problem solved!
  • The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town (Story is told by the older children as Innkeeper’s Wife and Narrators etc, whilst the younger children do the smaller parts.  Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included.)
  • The DIY Nativity Play (Our 7 older children/ teenagers loved this script as they narrated and led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….The relevant mockery is all scripted too!  The few younger children we had loved their role within the cast of ‘setting the example of how to play the part.’  No music is included with this script as you use congregational hymns at the appropriate points.)
  • Children’s Nativity Story (This nativity play has even been used for an all adult cast.  Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included
  • Grandpa’s Nativity Story (Narration and Grandpa’s role have often been performed by adults or older children.  Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included)
  • Simplest Nativity Play Ever (19 optional speaking parts, plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required.  Any age mix would work with this cast.)

LITTLE OR NO REHEARSAL TIME?

  • Problem solved!  Smile

We have this problem every year, so

  • all of my scripts are written with this in mind.  Scenes can be practised independently of each other, and the songs are placed so that they give an opportunity to position the relevant cast for the next scene
  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever is exactly what it says.  It could be performed with a cast that has literally just been gathered together an hour before and given their script prompt cards, without rehearsal!
  • The DIY Nativity Play because of the congregational participation, simply requires a familiarity with the script and clear narration, so very little rehearsal is required.

NO PIANIST?

HAVE TO PRACTICE WITHOUT THE PIANIST?

  • Problem solved!

The above all include sheet music for the simple songs, and midi music files to use as backing tracks if preferred.

Both use congregational hymns/ carols of your own choice, so no music rehearsals are required.

UNSURE WHICH SCRIPT TO CHOOSE?

If you are still undecided on which script is for you, here is a brief write up of the perspective of each script for your comparison.  Further details are available on their own page, as well as previews of each script. (Alternatively, click here to use the script previews to choose)

The Children’s Nativity Story

Scripted with 19 small speaking parts, many of which are optional, it tells the traditional, bible based nativity story all in rhyme, with narration, and with lots of fun and humour.

In the words of a customer, this script is

“A nice mixture of traditional with a contemporary twist!”
Rev Victoria Linford, Scotland

 The script includes lyrics, sheet music and backing tracks to 6 simple children’s songs all using familiar tunes, although it will also work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols.

For MORE DETAILS OF THE CHILDREN’S NATIVITY STORY click here 
If you would like TO SEE THE SCRIPT PREVIEW click here
to BUY IT NOW click here

Grandpa’s Nativity Story

 Set in an excited children’s bedroom on Christmas Eve, it blends a modern day Christmas Eve with Grandpa’s reminder of the traditional, bible based nativity story, read as a bedtime story. Scripted with 20 small speaking parts (many optional), the narrator continues as the cast act, all in rhyme.

 (Santa/St Nicholas can be included, with a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.)

 In the words of a customer the script is

 “Easy to adapt to your own church settings and cast, but most of the script and directions are perfect as they are.” 
Ian from Manchester

 The script includes lyrics, sheet music and backing tracks to 5 simple children’s songs all using familiar tunes, but it will also work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols.

For MORE DETAILS OF THE GRANDPA’S NATIVITY STORY click here,
If you would like TO SEE THE SCRIPT PREVIEW click here
to BUY IT NOW click here

The Day that Baby Jesus Came to Town (NEW for 2013)

Written from the perspective of the gossiping Innkeeper’s Wife who was so intrigued by the activity and visitors at the stable that night that she wrote it all in her diary.

Together with her downtrodden husband and the narrators, the story is told in rhyme (reading from the diary) whilst being acted out by another 20 scripted small speaking parts (many optional.)  Mary’s uniquely amusing dialogue brings an extra touch of humour.

“Our older children chose the script for its humour, and enjoyed the opportunity to really ‘act’ their parts with attitude and sarcasm!”
Angela (after using in my own church)

 The script includes lyrics, sheet music and backing tracks to 6 simple children’s songs all using familiar tunes, but it will also work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols.

For MORE DETAILS OF THE DAY THAT BABY JESUS CAME TO TOWN click here,
If you would like TO SEE THE SCRIPT PREVIEW click here
to BUY IT NOW click here

The DIY Nativity Play (NEW for 2013)

Scripted with 6 narrators, 1 small speaking part and 4 children’s walk on parts (plus angels as required) it tells the traditional, bible based nativity story all in rhyme, and incorporates volunteers from the congregation as the remaining cast.  All the appropriate mockery of the volunteers is scripted in rhyme and makes for a hilarious, family atmosphere!

 “The church really entered into the fun of it and the children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity for some good humoured mockery of the adult volunteers!”
Angela (after using in my own church)

 No songs are included, as this is written as a nativity service using hymns and carols for the congregation to join in.  Suggestions are made for appropriate carols, but feel free to choose your own alternatives.

For MORE DETAILS OF THE DIY NATIVITY PLAY click here
If you would like TO SEE THE SCRIPT PREVIEW click here
To BUY IT NOW click here

The Simplest Nativity Play Ever (NEW for 2013)

 Purpose written to relieve the pressure of rehearsals and last minute changes this script really is the Simplest Nativity Play Ever. Scripted for 19 (optional) speaking parts, plus angels, narrators and an instructor, ANY role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script, except for Mary and Joseph.

Script prompt cards are included for those who choose to say their own lines, but the script is written so that the narrator can step in and say any of the actors’ lines instead if preferred.

The whole script references the parts of the bible where the story is taken from, and encourages people to read the story for themselves.

 Angela’s challenge to you:

“This script really is possible in any church. It could even be used as a fantastic community nativity service, where anyone who wanted to take part could arrive an hour beforehand; what a great outreach it could be.”

 No songs are included, as this is written as a nativity service using hymns and carols for the congregation to join in.  Suggestions are made for appropriate carols, but feel free to choose your own alternatives.

For MORE DETAILS OF THE SIMPLEST NATIVITY PLAY EVER click here
If you would like TO SEE THE SCRIPT PREVIEW click here
To BUY IT NOW click here

 

SPOILT FOR CHOICE?

At this price, where’s the harm in buying a couple and being prepared for next year too?  You have my blessing to mix and match the songs (and even parts of the scripts if you like.)  Adapt them as you choose, and the upgrade to the word document will make it even easier!

Ps. if you are still not sure, remember that you do not have to take my word for it. Read the fantastic testimonials that I have received, from teachers and nativity organisers who have used the scripts.

PPs.  Still not sure? Click here and let the script previews speak for themselves.  Feel free to print them off and decide with the other Sunday school leaders.

In the meantime why not click here to get a FREE COPY of my “Nativity Roll Call” rhyming poem which will make a fantastic finish to any traditional nativity play, not just my own.  Just enter your email address in the box below, click the “Send my Free Roll Call NOW!” button and you will receive your FREE copy delivered straight to your inbox!  Once you’ve got that, come back here to select your instantly downloadable nativity play – you’ll be glad you did!

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PPPs.  Why do I do it for this price?

You have a very special outreach ministry, and this is my way of supporting it.  Don’t ever underestimate the difference that you are making in sharing this powerful story in such a simple and beautiful way.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”   Matthew 19 verse 14

Have great fun with your nativity play/ service and have a fabulous Christmas.

God bless

Angela,
www.bestchildrensnativity.com

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