There is a little dance with this done by the Sunday School. Originally written by Janet Marshall for the 2008 Children’s Pilgrimage, it will be the Gospel for the Harvest Festival next week
Tree of Life – I am the True Vine
Based on John15 vv1-5
Narrator 1. stands to left of stage, narrator 2. stands to right of stage In centre is one child (Jesus) with arms outstretched above head, pointing hands/fingers upwards. Crouching, curled up tightly to left and right a little way away from child are two other children (branches). A 4th child (God the Father).crouches, curled up in front of Jesus.
Jesus said to his disciples:
I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.
(Music begins – Jesus raises his head/slowly spread his arms out to sides. God the father slowly unfurls and faces Jesus – outstretches arms to mirror those of Jesus – freezes.)
The gardener cuts away every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit. But he trims clean every branch that does produce fruit, so that it will produce even more fruit.
(God the Father Child – lowers one arm slowly / Jesus does same(mirrored), then the same with the other arm. He then circles round Jesus moving arms up and down in wafting movements.
He then turns to face the congregation.)
You are already clean because of what I have said to you.
(As narrator says these words God the Father child outstretches each arm towards congregation in turn and remains still with them held out towards them)
Stay joined with me, and I will stay joined to you
(branches children unfurl and reach put going forward to Jesus and join their hands onto his shoulders.)
Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me. I am the vine and you are the branches.
Jesus(vine) and the branches now do a short series of circular dance movements.
If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.
Music and all branches and vine lower to floor together – then all leave stage.