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Planting Seeds: A Collection of Sermon Starter Sketches [Paperback]

By Jill Lamkin (Author)
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Seeing our thoughts and feelings acted out onstage can be a very powerful experience. Because we readily identify with the characters we watch -- their hopes and dreams as well as their frustrations and failures -- dramatic presentations hold up a mirror that lets us see things about ourselves we often overlook. With this compelling anthology of 24 sketches, you can open the eyes of worshipers to God's truth and grace while planting dynamic seeds of change. Each scene is about five minutes in length and serves not only as a potent visual illustration but also helps congregations receive and retain major themes presented in the sermon. Appropriate for any denomination and audience, these easy-to-stage pieces utilize small casts and can be performed in any setting with minimal costumes and a few simple props, making them accessible to church drama groups of all sizes. In addition to sermon starter sketches, there are dramas appropriate for women's and men's retreats plus several monologues.

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"Jill Lamkin has the gift of creative communication -- her work lives in that place where art and real life meet. She is uniquely gifted with an ability to recognize the truths of the human heart and to craft effective dramas that speak to our shared follies and foibles, dreams and desires. Over a period of 15 years, I have used Jill's material in multiple venues -- for women's retreats, as sermon vignettes, at marriage events, and in children's church. Her scripts offer the church drama ministry the opportunity to open hearts, challenge thinking, and encourage growth."
Judi Daniels
Former Drama Director, Warehouse Christian Ministries
Roseville, California
Seeing our thoughts and feelings acted out onstage can be a very powerful experience. Because we readily identify with the characters we watch -- their hopes and dreams as well as their frustrations and failures -- dramatic presentations hold up a mirror that lets us see things about ourselves we often overlook.
With this compelling anthology of 24 sketches, you can open the eyes of worshipers to God's truth and grace while planting dynamic seeds of change. Each scene is about five minutes in length and serves not only as a potent visual illustration but also helps congregations receive and retain major themes presented in the sermon. Appropriate for any denomination and audience, these easy-to-stage pieces utilize small casts and can be performed in any setting with minimal costumes and a few simple props, making them accessible to church drama groups of all sizes. In addition to sermon starter sketches, there are dramas appropriate for women's and men's retreats plus several monologues.
"This collection will be an invaluable asset to any service. The simple yet powerful dramas not only draw in the attention of the audience, they also drive home a poignant message. We have used many of these sketches, and every time they added tremendously to our services and strengthened the message we were communicating in a very creative way."
Chris Jenson
Youth Pastor, Harvest Valley Christian Church
Pleasanton, California
Jill Lamkin is a freelance writer who leads the creative arts ministry at Harvest Valley Christian Church in Pleasanton, California. She is the author of Voices of the Nativity, a collection of Christmas monologues, as well as meditations published in "The Upper Room," "LIVE," and "DramaShare." Lamkin is a graduate of California State University at Sacramento.

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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.29"
Weight:   0.37 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788023756  
ISBN13  9780788023750  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jill Lamkin is a freelance writer who leads the creative arts ministry at Harvest Valley Christian Church in Pleasanton, California. She is the author of a collection of Christmas monologues, Voices of the Nativity, as well as meditations published in The Upper Room, LIVE, and DramaShare. Lamkin is a graduate of California State University at Sacramento.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Planting Seeds?

An excellent resource for drama teams  Jan 5, 2007
The sketches in Planting Seeds confront the audience head-on with tough issues such as envy, adultery, materialism and finding purpose in life. Lamkin is able to communicate biblical truth on these topics in a way that is relevant, thought-provoking, witty, and, at times, humorous -- without being condescending or preachy. The ideas, characters and dialog are woven together in a way that allows the audience to become absorbed in the drama and to really feel it, instead of passively watching it. These sketches are chock full of creativity. My favorite is the humorous "Just Look at Yourself" which addresses the issue of materialism and discontent by having a large-screen television accidently delivered back in time to a caveman.
 
Powerfully written dramas that open hearts  Nov 26, 2006
I have directed several of these dramas as sermon starters at my church. They have invariably hit the mark, sometimes with laughter ("Look at That!") and sometimes by hitting a nerve that causes a painful silent response ("Unsinkable"). The author has a knack for seeing us as we are and translating that into short, powerful drama moments. The power of drama to capture an audience's attention cannot be overstated, and these dramas do just that.
 
A terrific tool!  Jan 4, 2006
This book is a treasure trove of real-life situations presented in short skits that caused me to laugh, care, and think and often rethink, about many of life's most important experiences. I love the skit entitled: "This Is My Life!" Lamkin does an excellent job of providing a variety of sketches for 1-12 players that would be a treat to either see or participate in. I can see these sketches providing both practical and emotional ties to theological concepts.
 

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