Let the Little Children Come to Me

Let the Little Children Come To Me!

A drama for PCC’s or small groups to read out, when the following questions are being asked about the place of children in worship. It is designed to promote discussion. ( More dramas on www.sheilahamil.co.uk)

QUESTION:

· What should be our attitude to children in worship?

· Should we recognise a baptised child’s right to a place alongside adults in the one body of Christ, where the one bread of communion is shared . . . or not?

Bible Reading: Mark 10:13-16 (New International Version (NIV)

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

(The twelve disciples are standing in front of the congregation, facing them putting forward certain arguments towards the back of church, where presumably Jesus is standing.)

Disciple 1: Can you speak up please Master? I can’t hear you for the noise behind me!

(aside) Wouldn’t you think the parents would KEEP THEM QUIET?

Disciple 2: Better still Lord why don’t you just move them on? Shall I go and tell them or

will you? Or should WE go elsewhere? . . .We could find a room for them?

Disciple 3: You ask why Lord? Well it’s like this, they, being children, don’t understand

the higher mysteries of which we talk!

Disciple 4: Exactly Lord, the symbolism . . .the real meaning of your words!

Disciple 5: Yes Lord, we appreciate that we don’t EITHER at times, but we do try.

Disciples 6: Well they’re not going to really understand anything are they, that is until

they’re at least 13 or 14 years old!

Disciple 7: I agree they’re far too young, they just want to play, jump and run around!

Disciple 8: Besides worship is for adults! We alone know about reverence and awe and

love for you Lord. We would never let you down or deny you, not one of us.

Disciple 9: You shake your head Lord, do you doubt us?

Disciple 10: We’re getting away from the real issue. Are they able to answer simple

questions correctly at this age? . . . Well yes Lord I do remember the time

when I said those words, but you corrected me!

And I would not like those words to be repeated by the historians among us.

‘Get behind me Satan’ are words I would rather forget thank you.

Disciple 11: The parents are asking to see you Lord, for their children are asking why

they can’t have ‘some of you’ too. Shall I tell them politely to go away?

Disciple 12: Never mind I’ll get rid of them. GO AWAY YOU LOT! GO AND PLAY!

Jesus: STAND TO ONE SIDE ALL OF YOU! Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. © S Hamil