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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Fire Armor
By Shari Armstrong
10/11/06


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Setting

Center Stage: A boy’s bedroom
Upstage, left: Screen for PowerPoint or backdrops of fire station and building on fire

Props

Prepare a PowerPoint slide show of a fire fighter that fits the narration, or have someone dressed in fire fighter’s uniform acting it out, upstage left of the bedroom scene.

Bedroom – decorated for a young boy who wants to be a fireman
Toy fire helmet that makes siren sounds
Squirt gun (optional)
Bible

Characters

Boy, age 7-10
Mother
Father/Fireman (if not using the Powerpoint)


Curtain Up


PP/FF: (arrives at fire station).

Boy: (sitting on bed with Bible) I wish Dad were here.

Mother: I know you do, sweetie. (sits on edge of bed) Did you brush your teeth and wash your face?

Boy: Yes. (pause) Mom, remember when we were studying the armor of God?

Mother: Of course. What about it?

Boy: I was thinking how it reminds me of Dad.

Mother: Oh? How’s that?

PP/FF: (puts on pants and coat)

Boy: Well, like this, (finds the passage in the Bible, points as he reads) “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” When Dad puts on his pants and coat, they protect him.

Mother: That’s interesting. Anything else?

PP/FF: (puts on boots).

Boy: Well, his boots are like the gospel shoes, they take him where he needs to go.

Mother: (smiles)

PP/FF: (puts on helmet)

Boy: He wears a helmet, like the helmet of salvation and that keeps him covered. (grabs his toy helmet, puts it on, pushing a button that makes a siren sound)

Mother: How did you get so smart? (taps on top of helmet)

Boy: I’m not done. There’s more!

Mother: Really? Like what?

Boy: Well, his axe is like a sword. (stands on the bed, pretends to chop) It cuts right through the door, letting him get to the people who need help inside. Just like we use the Bible to teach us how to help people.

PP/FF: (breaks down a door)

Mother: Well, your Dad will be very proud to hear all this. But, I think it’s time to get some sleep.

Boy: But, Mom, there’s the best part!

Mother: And what’s that?

PP/FF: (hoses down a fire)

Boy: (makes the sound of spraying water, spraying a pretend hose on Mom, or uses squirt gun that was hidden under his pillow) Puting out those firey darts!

Mother: (takes gun, if used, wipes off “water”) Ok, Chief, let’s do our prayers.

Boy: (bows head)

PP/FF: (takes off helmet, bows head, possibly with a group of firemen, if on PowerPoint)

Curtain Down


* based on Ephesians 6:11-18


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Marilyn Schnepp 10/12/06
You almost lost me before the Main Course...I was ready to hang it up before I got to the Story. Storyline was great...I would have suggested just doing the story without all the screenwriting, etc. but what do I know? Liked the story! Good take on Topic, and creative.
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/14/06
Very creative! Cute story.
Pat Guy 10/14/06
I really enjoyed invisioning this set! What a great job! And what a great message. I never have thought of a firemans suit as armor! Cool! Welllll done!
Donna Haug10/16/06
I liked this idea. The boy talking to his mom with the firefighter in the background. I wonder if it could be developed even more - maybe with a bit more emotion? I loved the water gun at the end. If I were the Mom I would react quite strongly to that one! ;)
Jan Ackerson 10/16/06
Absolutely precious, and one of the best analogies I've read here. I loved it.
Joanne Sher 10/16/06
Definitely creative - and a great analogy, especially out of the mouth of a child!! I like how you approached this.
Donna Emery10/16/06
Nice story, and it was uniquely done. I enjoyed reading this.
Bonnie Derksen10/17/06
I loved the way you drew the parallel between our "fire" suit and the fireman's. What a great way to teach and instill the importance of getting suited up and being prepared.

Your writing has also spurred me on to thanksgiving as I realize how God has such a plan of protection in place for me.

I can totally see this skit being used in a church pre-sermon setting.

May God continue to bless your pen!

Bonnie


Sara Harricharan 10/18/06
This was absolutely wonderful! I truly enjoyed reading this. It would be quite fun to see it acted out! Keep up the good work!
Tabiatha Tallent10/18/06
As someone else mentioned, you almost lost me with the 'setting up', but once I got to the 'story', I LOVED it! Great way to look at the Armour!
Jen Davis10/18/06
Very creative. I really enjoyed this. I liked how the firefighter's actions coincided with the boy's narration. I would enjoy seeing this performed.
Aylin Smith 10/18/06
What a sweet change. I loved it. Well done