I admire people who are great at off-the-cuff, improv acting. I am not one of those people. Skits for me require more preparation; conceptualizing, writing, memorizing, recruiting actors, props, etc. So why do I include skits in almost every lesson I write? They are extremely effective in Children's Ministry and here are a few reasons why...
YOU CAN PREACH WITHOUT BEING PREACHY
Instead of rambling off a list of do's and don'ts to your class, you can make your point with a story. A skit is a story, after all! Your class can follow a character in a story and see them face a conflict and respond with good or bad decisions. Puppet skits, reading a great book or inviting others in to share testmonies are other great ways to tell a story.
I have witnessed, over and over, that when you share a story kids listen. Even those rowdy boys who sit in the back row! We've done many continuing skits at summer camp; part one on Monday night, part two on Tuesday night and so on. It's something kids look forward to, cheer for and remember. If you make it relevant to their stage in life, they pay attention. And they'll pay attention to the message in the skit, too!
When possible, cast children as your actors. They will get a sense of responsibility and ownership in ministry. Our job is ultimately to equip them for ministry. Of course, choose kids who are responsible on stage then sit back and watch both your actors and audience have a blast!