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by Adele O'Reilly
03/16/09
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Living room of Bob and Judy Smith. Bob is sitting on sofa with feet up on coffee table, doing crossword puzzle

JUDY
(entering with tray of snacks-taps Bob to put feet down) Honey, Steve and Kim will be here any minute. Did you light the grill?

BOB
I’ll do it in a minute. I just need one last…Judy, what’s the name of Fred Astaire’s sister?

JUDY
Ginger.

BOB
No, his sister. Ginger was his dance partner.

JUDY
How am I supposed to know what his sister’s name was?

BOB
(looking at crossword)I always forget this one. They use this clue all the time.

JUDY
Bob, come on, the grill.

BOB
(putting puzzle down)Ok, Ginger. (coming up to Judy, spinning and dipping her)

JUDY
Whoa. Look out, we have our next contestant for “Dancing with the Stars”.

BOB
Who’s coming over tonight?

JUDY
The Smiths. (straightens pillows on couch)I’m glad so many people signed up to be life group leaders. This couple actually requested for us to be their mentors.

BOB
Really? Have we met them before?

JUDY
I don’t think so. Hey honey, would you get the stack of small group bible studies and bring them in here?

BOB
No problem. (Bob leaves—knock at front door)

JUDY
(goes to door Steve and Kim are standing there---they are wearing long coats)Hi. You must be Kim and Steve. I’m Judy.

STEVE
Nice to finally meet you. We’ve seen you many times at church.

KIM
We usually sit 2 rows behind you.

STEVE
But 3 seats in, just like you guys…

JUDY
Oh, well, nice to finally meet you, too. We’re so glad you’re here. Can I get you some coffee?

KIM
Yes, maybe in a minute. (looking around) Oh, what a lovely home you have.

JUDY
Thank you. Can I take your coat?

KIM
Yes, please. (takes off coat—she is wearing an outfit very similar to Judy’s)

JUDY
Oh, you have good taste. (they laugh as Bob comes in with a small stack of bible studies)

BOB
(comes in goes over to shake Steve’s hand)Hey there. I’m Bob.

STEVE
Steve. (Steve takes off his coat, is dressed similar to Bob) This is my wife, Kim.

KIM
Thank you so much for meeting with us tonight. We’re a little nervous about leading a life group.

STEVE
Now, honey, I told you, nothing to be nervous about. That’s why we’re here, so they can
show us all we need to do.

KIM
I guess your right.

JUDY
Oh, sure, it’s easier than you think. We’re here to help you.

BOB
Why don’t we sit down. Dinner won’t be for a little while.

KIM
I hope you didn’t go through too much trouble.
BOB
Nope. Just throwing some chicken on the grill along with some grilled veggies.

STEVE
What kind of seasonings on the veggies?

BOB
Oh, just some course salt and pepper. I use mesquite wood for flavor.

STEVE
I’ll have to do that next time.

KIM
I see you have some bible studies here. Do you use any of these?

JUDY
We’re currently in the middle of this one. But you can use anything like these.

STEVE
Don’t you tell us which one to use?

BOB
Well, we have a list you can choose from…

JUDY
Or your lifegroup can vote on what they would like to study.

STEVE
(to Kim—who is taking pen and small pad out of purse)Are you getting this down?

KIM
Yes, dear.

STEVE
You don’t mind if we take notes, do you?

JUDY
Of course not.

STEVE
Good. (to Kim) We’ll just use the one they’re using. Now, do you keep your furniture like this, or do you change it around when life group meets?

JUDY
Well, when we meet here we might take a few chairs from the kitchen…

STEVE
(to Kim) Chairs from kitchen. (to Judy) How many chairs?

JUDY
Uh, it depends on how many couples are coming. Four?

KIM
Four chairs.

STEVE
Wait a minute, you mean the number of people who come isn’t the same?

KIM
How do you arrange the furniture if you don’t have a set number of people every time?

BOB
Well, sometimes things come up and someone can’t make it. Most of the time everyone is here though. Anyway, the furniture doesn’t matter.

JUDY
Really, people don’t care about the seating arrangement. They just want a place to come that’s safe.

STEVE
Well, I see you use Brinks alarm system. Honey, make a note to change our system to Brinks.

KIM
(writes on pad) Change to Brinks.

JUDY
No, what we mean is safe to share what’s on your heart and know it won’t leave the room. You’ll find it takes time for that to happen.

STEVE
Uh huh. When do you meet?

BOB
We meet on Monday’s at 7pm. But that’s what works for us…

STEVE
(to Kim)Monday’s at 7pm. Got it?

KIM
(writing it down)I’m way ahead of you.

BOB
You don’t have to meet at that exact time. You guys will meet at a time that works best for your group.

STEVE
Now, do you make the members of the life group sign a contract?

BOB
No, no one has to sign anything like that.

STEVE
But how do you make people come every time?

JUDY
We don’t make people come. They want to come. It’s all about getting to know each other on a deeper level.

KIM
(pace starts to pick up)It sounds hard to do. Don’t you have a program written down that we can follow step by step?

STEVE
A timeline of activities would help.

KIM
Do you offer Coke or Pepsi?

STEVE
And what size glasses?

KIM
Or do you use paper cups and plates.

STEVE
Full meal or just desserts?

KIM
(whips out cell phone) I’m just going to take some quick pictures. (starts pointing cell phone camera around)

JUDY
Wait a minute. The most important thing to remember is that each life group is unique. We certainly don’t want to be cookie cutter copies of each other.

BOB
Do you understand?

STEVE
Of course. Sorry, didn't mean to get out of hand there. Just one more question. Do you allow kids?

JUDY
Yes, we have kids in our group. But again, not every group has kids, so if you all don’t, you might want to…

STEVE
(to Kim)You know, we have been thinking about adoption…

(Judy and Bob look at each other speechless as lights go out)
END


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Joanne Sher  17 Mar 2009
Tooo funny. Clever and cute. LOVE the characters in this!
Dee Yoder  17 Mar 2009
I laughed my way through this! We used to host small groups, and one thing you CAN count on: small groups are NEVER predictable. So funny and a powerful message tucked in there, too. Awesome. You really have a gift for this kind of writing!
LauraLee Shaw 16 Mar 2009
LOL, what a HOOT!!! This is a fantastic way to show what a life group is all about, and isn't about especially. Love it!




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