Parable of a Grain of Wheat Drama John 12.23-24

Parable of a Grain of Wheat Drama:

Props needed; 3pots, soil, 2 watering cans, torch

(Here farmers must read their parts like an ‘Archers’ radio programme with lots of Oo’s & Arrr’s)

Farmer 1: Oi be a farmer oi be!……… an’ oi got some soil, an’ oi got a pot, an’ oi got a SEED!……… an oi’m gonna sit ‘ere and watch moi seed GROW !

(gets up, puts the pot on a table in front of him and waits with the seed in hand)

Farmer 2: An’ oi be a farmer too..oi be! An’ oi got some soil, an’ oi got a pot, an oi got a SEED, but oi got some WATER …….. an’ oi’m gonna sit ‘ere and watch moi seed GROW !

(gets up, puts his pot on the same table, holds onto the seed and waits)

Farmer 3: You’ll never guess what oi be…….. oi be a farmer too..oi be! An’ oi got some soil, an’ oi got a pot, an’ oi got a SEED, an’ oi got some WATER, but oi’ve got LIGHT……… an oi’m gonna sit ‘ere and watch moi seed GROW !

(He does the same with his pot and seed. They sit and wait with eager anticipation - not one of them has actually placed the seed in the pot. They begin to look a little embarrassed)

Child 1: Don’t you think you should put the seed into the pot?

Child 2: We’ve only little and even we know the seed has to die in the soil first, before it can grow!

Child 3: St John!

Child 1: Chapter twelve!

Child 2: Verse twenty four!

Child 3: Here ends the lesson!

(The farmers look sheepish, they all curl their lips at the children, put their seeds in the soil, and shuffle away, looking rather embarrassed).

© Sheila Hamil