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Born out of a decade of experience leading our church nativity service, my bible based, entirely rhyming nativity scripts will work for any size church as they are…

  • Simple  (The rhyming makes the script easily remembered)
  • Inexpensive (from £9.95, and NO LICENCE FEE)
  • Adaptable  (suit any size and age cast, variations & suggestions included)
  • Flexible (perfect if someone is ill or you need to make last minute changes)
  • Including sheet music and backing tracks (practice to the backing track, and have a pianist play on the day if you choose)
  • INSTANTLY DOWNLOADABLE (and available as a word document which you can personalise and alter as you choose.)

If, like me, your Sunday school changes in number, age and confidence every year, you will be glad that my scripts :

  • Require minimal time to rehearse
  • Include lots of optional small speaking parts which can be easily recast if necessary, and
  • Are carried by narration (all in rhyme) so that no one person is crucial to its success and no-one has much to learn

My nativity scripts are PERFECT FOR ALL OF THESE SITUATIONS as each script has been written to solve the different problems that I personally have faced and the lessons that I have learned over two decades of planning and running our nativities.

Melene Wilsey | Best Childrens Nativity“The most creative and well written rhyming Christmas Play I have ever seen and experienced!
…. with user friendly format and easy to adapt features that any church size can use!”

Melene Wilsey – Saginaw Bay District, Emerging Ministries & Education Consultant, Michigan USA, (after using the Children’s Nativity Story script for the Children’s Worship Festival in 10 different churches in the district)

Angela says…….

Angela | Best Childrens NativityI can GUARANTEE that there is a script to suit your church here, particularly as I am available by email to help with any adaptations that may be unique to your circumstances.

I consider it to be my personal, God-led ministry to help churches share the good news of Christ’s birth in this beautifully traditional way, with inclusion being very important to me, so please don’t let any difficulties get in your way; it would be my privilege to be part of the solution.

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Details of all of my scripts are at the bottom of this page for your comparison but, for your ease, you will find below recommendations of scripts to suit your specific circumstances.

Nativity Scripts Available

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The Alphabet Nativity Play :  This is a very visual script which, although the nativity story is narrated, does not rely entirely upon the narration.  Songs are included, but are optional.  The script is written as an alphabet poem with 26 alphabetical key words, each represented by an illustrated letter which is displayed when the keyword is mentioned in the narration, and actions are included for the children to do to represent the word.

  1. The actions and the fact that they are prompted by the displaying of the letter make this an ideal play for the HEARING IMPAIRED, or for young children.  (The songs that are included are well suited for young children too.)
  2. The lack of necessary stage movement would make it ideal for a disabled group.
  3. Doing the actions as a group would be well suited to any individuals who don’t like the personal pressure or attention of a ‘performance’.
  4. Visual learners will find this script easier to connect with, as well as those with memory problems, as the illustrated letters act as a visual prompt and the Action Superstar can demonstrate for the group to copy.

The Story of Christmas : some of the parts are written to be spoken from seats in the audience, without any walk on acting required. No songs are included, but congregational hymns are suggested at appropriate points.   All of the parts have script prompt cards provided and any actors lines can be omitted (and substituted by the narrator) making it:

  1. Ideal for those who are shy, nervous or prone to stage fright
  2. Great for involving those who can’t commit to any rehearsals or even, being present on the day
  3. Ideal for including those with disabilities, hearing or sight impairments, as some of the parts are conducted from seats at the end of a row (Innkeepers who simply answer their door to speak when Joseph and Mary approach) meaning that the prompt literally approaches them as they sit in their audience seat.
  4. Perfect for those who find it hard to remember or to concentrate as a scripted on-stage director tells everyone where to go and what to do as part of the play.
  5. Young children can literally be guided by the hand as the director uniquely directs from ON-STAGE .

The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : This play can be performed with any size cast and with little or no rehearsal as the concept is so  simple.  No songs are included but hymns for the congregation to sing are suggested at the appropriate points.   An instructor literally tells the actors what to do and when and where (all in rhyme and rhythm as part of the script), and each character is introduced by the narrator with an obvious prompt such as “The Innkeeper listened while Joseph said…..”.

  1. This script is therefore ideal for young children or those with memory problems, as nothing needs to be remembered, although they do need to pay attention to the play to listen for their instructions.
  2. Some parts are included that can be performed from seats on the end of rows (such as Innkeepers and Bethlehem residents who simply answer their doors to speak when Joseph and Mary approach and knock on them) making it ideal for inclusion of those with disabilities, or hearing or sight impairments, as the prompt literally comes to their seat.
  3. The script works for those that are shy, nervous, or prone to stage fright as the narrator can continue with the actor’s lines as an uninterrupted part of the story if the actor doesn’t speak.   In the same way, this helps when including someone who cannot commit to rehearsals or to being present on the day.

All of my scripts, by using rhyme and rhythm and short speaking parts, make it more feasible for non-confident readers to take part knowing that the lines take very little memorising.

That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day: This script is more specifically a nativity service including the story of Jesus’s birth read directly from the appropriate bible passages.  These are then re-iterated when a storyteller introduces a scene and character in rhyme.  The character comes onto stage to say a couple of rhyming lines before joining the stable scene to build up a live tableau.

  1. This script is therefore ideal for young children or those with memory problems, as nothing needs to be remembered (script prompt cards are pre-prepared ready to print on card for the cast to use if required.) However, should you choose to memorise the parts, the rhyming is a great help, and the lines are evenly shared between small speaking parts.
  2. It is ideal for inclusion of those with disabilities, or hearing or sight impairments.  The actors dress up and speak a couple of lines to the audience from wherever you choose, and little or no interaction is required with other characters.  These characters/ scenes are very clearly introduced by the story teller after the relevant bible reading.
  3. The script works for those that are shy, nervous, or prone to stage fright as there is so little for each character to say, but script cards are even provided to read from on the day if you prefer.  This is makes the play very flexible in accommodating someone who cannot commit to rehearsals or to being present on the day.

Problem solved!

The following are scripted for a cast of 22 to 25 small speaking parts, and characters can be added in or removed without affecting the length of the script or the performance time.  (Suggestions are provided for you.)

Scripts which include music

  • The Alphabet Nativity Play is also an option but does not include many speaking parts.  The concept of this play is for the narrator to read the story (which is in the form of an Alphabet Poem and highlights 26 keywords in alphabetical order).  When the keywords are mentioned, pictures are displayed and actions done for each word.  Meanwhile, there is the option of some interaction with the audience in the form of an ‘Instructor’, a kind of pantomime style character who speaks to the audience and holds up signs for them to say in response.  9 simple songs are included.  Hence, the play can involve large groups of children doing actions, songs and potentially walk on parts without lines, and is particularly good for special needs groups etc.

Scripts without music, intended for you to use your own or for you to include congregational hymns/carols, some of which are suggested but not provided for you.

  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever The fastest selling script, with the most overwhelming amount of positive feedback to date  (19 speaking parts plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required)
  • The Story of Christmas Was written using the same concept as The Simplest Nativity Play Ever as a result of the fantastic response to that script and requests for something similar. (Up to 21 speaking parts plus narrator, on-stage director, bible reader and ‘host’ of angels)

The final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with:

Story teller (s) with 15 opportunities to say 3 different lines
1 or more leaders ie,there are up to 8 separate opportunities to speak (dependant on what you choose to include)
Up to 16 speaking parts (averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets) these being Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angel 2, Angel 3, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Innkeeper, 3 shepherds, 3 kings, King Herod and a star.
Singing/dancing angels (optional song for host of angels, with sheet music and backing track included)
6 bible readings

Problem solved!

Scripts including songs and music:

Small cast of ideally 9 or 10 or above, although some customers have easily adapted further to as few as 5 children

  • Children’s Nativity Story (MOST POPULAR TO DATE)
  • Grandpa’s Nativity Story (Grandpa tells the traditional nativity story to the excited children on Christmas Eve)
  • The Donkey’s Christmas Play : Although written with enough lines for 23 parts, only 9 parts are crucial to keeping the script at the same lengths, as the lines can be shared out or said by the narrator.
  • The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town: Although written with potentially 24 speaking parts, we performed the play at our church with a cast of just 9 by doubling up roles very effectively (suggestions are made in the script).  Be aware, however, that the key roles will need to be confident readers, potentially older children (see the script page for specific details)

Scripts with no songs and music:

As few children as 2   Yes, really!

  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever (ANY size cast can act to the narrator’s story, and can choose to say their own simple lines when prompted)
  • The Story of Christmas This script is written to be narrated entirely as a story with the option of actors saying their own lines, or of a voice-over saying the lines that there are no actors for.  Includes the option of members of the congregation standing and saying lines from their seats, which is a great, fun way to ensure that ANY church can do this nativity.

Or maybe just have 4 or 5 young children acting on stage, whilst your older children/teenagers narrate and instruct volunteer adults to join in unrehearsed (with scripted mockery!)  It’s a really fun way to get the message across that the story of Christmas is not just for the children to share.  If you like the idea, try…………

  • The DIY Nativity Play Our 7 older children/ teenagers loved this script as they narrated and led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….The relevant mockery is all scripted too!  The few younger children we had loved their role within the cast of ‘setting the example of how to play the part.’  No music is included with this script as you use congregational hymns at the appropriate points.

Or even have the option of little or no acting with optional songs, but with a really great visual effect……

  • The Alphabet Nativity play :  An entirely narrated script, written as a visual alphabet poem, which can be used effectively with or without actors, and can literally be ‘performed’ by displaying the included pictures of the 26 alphabetical keywords mentioned in the narration and/ or doing actions to each one.  There is a great option to include some fun audience participation by including the optional ‘instructor’ who talks to the audience in a ‘pantomime’ style and holds up signs telling them what to respond with.

The final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with:

  • That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day tells the story of the birth of Jesus using bible readings, storyteller (s), actors and singers if you choose.  This format is particularly adaptable to accommodate limited numbers of children/actors in a unique way, so see below suggestions.  If used as written it will include parts for :

Story teller (s) with 15 opportunities to say 3 different lines
1 or more leaders ie,there are up to 8 separate opportunities to speak (dependant on what you choose to include)
Up to 16 speaking parts (averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets) these being Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angel 2, Angel 3, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Innkeeper, 3 shepherds, 3 kings, King Herod and a star.
Singing/dancing angels (optional song for host of angels, with sheet music and backing track included)
6 bible readings

Suggestions for an especially small cast: why not use appropriate pictures (eg, Roman Soldier etc) on a powerpoint or held aloft as the storytellers introduces the scene, and simply use a voiceover to say the character’s lines.  See the script preview to help you envisage how you might do it.  Maybe you could just include actors for the main scene maybe of Mary and Joseph, and the ever popular angel parts!  Alternatively, maybe just have one or 2 people playing each part and changing tunics, or even have one person wearing a different ‘mask’ for each part!  Be as creative as you choose; there is plenty of scope.

Problem solved!

  • The Alphabet Nativity Play is perfect for young children who do not want speaking parts.  Narrated as an alphabet poem, with 26 printable illustrated letters provided (to be displayed as the play progresses), it can be enacted in mime to the narration if you choose, but more specifically has actions suggested for the 26 keywords of the script which would be perfect for a group of young children to do. The play’s flexibility means that it can be as simple or as detailed as you choose to suit your cast’s age and ability and is great when you include the option of an ‘Action Superstar’ to demonstrate the actions, and an ‘Instructor’ to encourage audience participation.  It also includes 9 short optional simple songs (with sheet music and mp3 backing tracks in case you have no pianist) which are perfect for young children, using familiar children’s tunes with my own simple, repetitive (ie, easily remembered) words.
  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever (19 optional speaking parts plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required)  All children can mime to narration, or can say their own line if preferred.  The script itself includes an instructor as a narrator, who literally instructs the actors as part of the script. No songs are included so that you can use your own favourites, or even include carols for everyone to join in.
  • The Story of Christmas  Scripted for 20 optional speaking parts, plus Mary, Joseph and Innkeeper, narrator(s) and a director, in addition to any extra walk on parts or dancing angels etc, any role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script:  It is written such that the narrator or a voice-over can step in and say any of the actors’ lines if preferred (even as a last minute decision in the case of stage fright!)  An adult (or very confident and competent reader/actor) would need to play the role of director, using the script on a clipboard and literally reading the script from there, appearing to be making notes.  In this way, the director actually tells each actor when to come out and where to stand as part of the script, so it’s an ideal role for your children’s leader to play, hence directing the children (literally leading by the hand if you choose) from on-stage.  Songs are not included, allowing you to re-use your past favourites but, if you particularly want music, the songs from any of my other scripts will work very effectively, so feel free to ‘Mix and Match.’

The following scripts are carried by narration, with lots of small, speaking parts which are ideal for young children as the rhyming makes them easy to remember.

  • Children’s Nativity Story (MOST POPULAR TO DATE) Tells the traditional nativity story, with short speaking parts included, simple songs and lots of gentle humour.
  • Grandpa’s Nativity Story Grandpa tells the traditional nativity story to the excited children on Christmas Eve, thereby providing the introduction to the individual nativity scenes which are enacted with short, rhyming speaking parts.  Santa/St Nicholas can be included as an option, and simple songs are again included.  Grandpa can be played by a young child (confident reader) for a cute effect, or by an adult for a different effect.
  • The Donkey’s Christmas The story is told from the perspective of the donkey, who is feeling un-noticed and unimportant as he humbly goes on his journey, until he eventually realises that he has been given the most important job of all; carrying God’s unborn child to the place of his birth.   A young child would make a very endearing donkey, grumbling that “Hmmmmph.  No-one seems to notice me.  No-one seems to care.  I’m tired and I’ve had to walk right from over there!”    The songs are particularly geared towards younger children, but the script can be used with your own choice of songs if preferred.
  • The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town  The play is dominated by the main characters of innkeeper’s wife, innkeeper and narrator so they need to be older, confident children, but the rest of the songs and script are ideal for young children, so I would personally consider this better suited to a mixed age cast.

The final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with:

1 or more leaders ie,there are up to 8 separate opportunities to speak (dependant on what you choose to include)
Story teller (s) This could be split between up to 15 younger story tellers, each with 3 lines each.
Up to 16 simple speaking parts (averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets) these being Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angel 2, Angel 3, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Innkeeper, 3 shepherds, 3 kings, King Herod and a star.
Singing/dancing angels (optional song using tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for host of angels, with sheet music and backing track included)
Singers (Mary can sing a simple lullaby solo (to the tune of Hush Little Baby), or everyone can join in)
6 bible readings.  These of course would require a confident reader, so an adult or older child may be required dependant on the young casts abilities.

Suggestions for an especially young cast: why not use a voiceover to say each of the characters lines to enable the children to simply walk on in costume.  See the script preview to help you envisage any changes you might want to make to accommodate your cast’s age and ability level.

Problem solved!

  • The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town  Songs and parts are included for younger children, but teenagers love the gossiping Innkeeper’s wife’s perspective of the script!  The script lends itself to the older main characters carrying the script with their sarcasm and humour, and has real scope for some actors to shine.  Your own choice of traditional hymns/carols can be used for older children if preferred.
  • The Alphabet Nativity is narrated entirely as an alphabet poem, whilst 26 illustrated letters are displayed to represent the key alphabetical words that are stressed in the story.  This can be done as a simple visual representation of the story told, without any acting or costumes required if you choose to do so, making it a totally unique play.   There is also an optional ‘Action Superstar’ who can demonstrate the appropriate actions to each of the keywords, and a fun option of getting the whole audience to participate in doing the actions at speed when a recap poem is read out.  A particular favourite optional element for our teenagers (they asked me to write it in especially!) was the Instructor, who interacts with the audience in a pantomime style, getting them to respond as appropriate to elements of the story.  Whilst the songs that are included are very much geared to involving the younger children, the play can be shortened to include no songs, or carols can be used for the cast and/or audience to sing.
  • The DIY Nativity Play Our older children/teenagers loved this script as they led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….the relevant mockery is all scripted too!  Just 4 or 5 younger children dressed up to join in with walk on parts, specifically Mary and Joseph.  No music is included as the congregation sing hymns of your own choice at the appropriate points.
  • The Donkey’s Christmas is told from the perspective of the donkey on his way to Bethlehem as he grumbles about his humble role in life “No-one seems to notice me, no-one seems to care.  I’m tired and I’ve had to walk right from over there”.  This can have a really endearing effect when acted by a young child, whilst an older child can add attitude and humour throughout the play until the realisation at the end that he had the most important role of all in carrying God’s unborn son.  Songs are included and are appropriate to younger children, but can be substituted for carols or hymns for the congregation to sing at the appropriate moments.

Finally: Have you thought of using puppets? This final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with.  It would be very easy to incorporate puppets instead of actors:

  • That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day tells the story of the birth of Jesus using bible readings and storyteller (s), with actors and singers if you choose.   However, as the main focus is on the storytellers introducing characters who then just walk on and say two rhyming lines with very little interaction , this would be very simple to achieve with puppets. If used as written it will include parts for :

1 or more leaders ie,there are up to 8 separate opportunities to speak (dependant on what you choose to include)
Story teller (s)  15 separate opportunities to say 3 lines each.
Up to 16 simple speaking parts/ potential puppet roles (averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets) these being Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angel 2, Angel 3, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Innkeeper, 3 shepherds, 3 kings, King Herod and a star.
Singing/dancing angels (optional song using tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for host of angels, with sheet music and backing track included)
Singers Mary can sing a simple lullaby solo (to the tune of Hush Little Baby), or everyone can join in
6 bible readings needing a confident reader.

See the script preview to help you envisage any changes you might want to make to suit your circumstances.

Problem solved!  You have lots of choice: I write all of my scripts with this in mind and include lots of flexibility.

  • The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town The story is told by the older children acting as the Innkeeper’s Wife and Narrators etc, whilst the younger children play the smaller roles.  Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included.  Mary and Joseph can be played by young or old as their simple repetitive words provide the sarcasm and humour, as a not so meek Mary chastises Joseph (in rhyme) for not booking ahead etc!
  • The DIY Nativity Play Our 7 older children/ teenagers loved this script as they narrated and led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….The relevant mockery is all scripted too!  The few younger children we had loved their role within the cast of ‘setting the example of how to play the part.’  No music is included with this script as  hymns are suggested for the congregation to sing at the appropriate points.
  • Children’s Nativity Story  Whilst I wrote this play for children, it is such an effective and adaptable retelling of the Christmas story that it has even been used for an all adult cast.  Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included.
  • Grandpa’s Nativity Story Narration and Grandpa’s role have often been performed by adults or older children.  The script is flexible enough to cast to suit your circumstances.  Simple songs, written with younger children in mind and using familiar children’s tunes are included.
  • The Donkey’s Christmas Play :  The songs are geared to infant aged children, but the script will adapt easily to include carols, hymns, or your own songs.  The acting could be any age; cute and endearing with a young donkey, and acted with a comic effect by an older one.
  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever  19 optional speaking parts, plus angels, narrators, instructor and non-speaking extras as required.  Any age mix would work with this cast, rehearsed or unrehearsed (the instructions are given to the cast as part of the script).  No songs are included, but hymns are suggested for the congregation to sing.
  • The Alphabet Nativity Play:  This could be excellent for special needs, mixed abilities or a pre-school cast….literally any mix of ages and abilities.  The songs are very much geared towards younger children, while the interaction of the Action Superstar and the Instructor with the audience adds a real comic effect performed by an older child/teenager or even an adult, but would have the ‘cute factor’ when performed by a younger child.
    • The Story of Christmas:  This script requires a confident on-stage director (the direction being scripted all in rhyme).  The director refers to his/her script as any director would do (disguising the fact that he/she is actual scan reading their lines as they tell the actors on stage what to do, so any age or ability can join in unrehearsed if you like.)  The nature of the script means that adults from the congregation can join in without the need for a full rehearsal.  Whilst no songs or music is included, hymns are suggested for the congregation to sing at appropriate times.

The final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the younger children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with:

1 or more leaders ie,there are up to 8 separate opportunities to speak (dependant on what you choose to include)
Story teller (s) This could be split between up to 15 story tellers, each with 3 lines each.
Up to 16 simple speaking parts,  (averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets) These are ideal for younger children as there is very little interaction required: Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angel 2, Angel 3, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Innkeeper, 3 shepherds, 3 kings, King Herod and a star.  Mary can sing a solo lullaby if you choose to include it.
Singing/dancing angels Perfect for younger children, with optional song using tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for host of angels, with sheet music and backing track included)
6 bible readings.  These of course would require a confident reader, so an adult or older child would be preferable.

Problem solved!  

Have some fun: this script is full of scripted sarcasm, attitude and humour….

  • The Day that Baby Jesus Came To Town Our teenagers loved doing the main narration and acting, particularly because of the gossiping Innkeeper’s wife’s perspective and the humour, attitude and sarcasm that comes through even in Mary and Joseph’s dialogue.  There are also characters which will work for a younger cast, making this particularly good for a mixed age cast.  The songs are intended for younger children, but the script can be used without songs or with a substitution of your own familiar favourites if you prefer.

OR….GET THE CHURCH INVOLVED!  The following scripts encourage/allow participation from the congregation or some of it, instead of expecting the nativity to be a pure ‘performance’ from the children.

1.  Give the young people a leadership role……..The following script has been well-received in fun-loving churches with a friendly, family atmosphere, and pre-teens in particular love it.

  • The DIY Nativity Play (Perfect for a small group, our older children/teenagers loved this script as they led the service, all in rhyme, giving instructions to the congregation and coaxing volunteer adults to join in.….the relevant mockery is all scripted too!  No music is included as you include your choice of congregational hymns at the appropriate points.)

2.  Do something completely different and unique….

  • The Alphabet Nativity Play : VERY, VERY ADAPTABLE TO YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.  The entire script is narrated and pictures representing 26 alphabetical keywords are displayed one at a time as they are mentioned in the script.  The script is written with the option of including an ‘instructor’ who gets ‘audience participation pantomime style’, holding signs up for the the audience to say together.  There is also an optional ‘Action Superstar’ who does actions to the 26 keywords (illustrated reminders are included on the displayed letters) and the congregation can join in a fun, speedy recap of the actions at the end of the play when the recap poem is read. (Songs are included which are most suited to young people, but congregational hymns/carols can be used instead)  This is a fun, unique nativity involving as much participation as you choose, and requiring no acting at all unless you choose to include walk on parts.

3.  Don’t leave the nativity to the young people: get the congregation to join in (with or without rehearsal, acting or saying lines in their seats, with or without costume).  The following use congregational carols or hymns of your choice instead of the children performing songs, and are literally the most flexible scripts ever….

  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever.  This is written as a narrated story throughout which obvious prompts are included such as “and the innkeeper said….”etc  so a non-rehearsed actor can say their line (using the downloadable script prompt cards provided).  Our church loved joining in with the children this way and it enhanced an already lovely, family atmosphere.  As few or as little cast can be included as the narrated tells the story and continues with the lines themselves if no actor is included for a part.
  • The Story of Christmas.  Written as a direct result of the positive feedback from the Simplest Nativity Play ever, this uses the same concept, and the narrated tells the story using obvious prompts this time such as “This is the angel who…..” etc.  This script takes the concept to a new level, having a rehearsed on-stage director who literally directs the unrehearsed actors as part of their script (no memorising necessary as the director makes notes on a clipboard which holds the script, but disguises the fact that he is actually reading his lines from it!)

N.b. At our church, we found that the children didn’t want to ‘perform’, and especially didn’t want to sing songs, so we used congregational hymns/carols in place of the performed songs, and just looked for opportunities for the little ones to sing.  Some suggestions are….

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (fits the nativity perfectly)
  • Away in a Manger  (The children often know this from school, so it’s good to have an opportunity to perform something without too much rehearsal)
  • Sometimes the children will have some favourites that they already know from school like “It was on a starry night” and you could get them to sing a verse or chorus and then get the congregation to join in.
  • Alternatively, several of my scripts include music (sheet music and mp3  backing tracks) and I deliberately use simple, familiar children’s tunes that young children will know, adding my own easily remembered nativity based lyrics to them.  Feel free to mix and match and use elements of one script with another (you can re-use year after year without licence fee), giving you lots of options of ‘performance moments’ for the younger children to be blended into a mixed age nativity.

This final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with.  Anyone could take part in it, or it could even be done without actors and just pictures and voiceovers instead.

Alternatively, it would be very easy to incorporate puppets instead of actors, and let the young people lead the nativity service entirely.  All of the bible readings are included, so you would only needed to add prayers and offering to the programme…..

  • That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day tells the story of the birth of Jesus using bible readings and storyteller (s), with actors and singers if you choose.   However, as the main focus is on the storytellers introducing characters who then just walk on and say two rhyming lines with very little interaction , this would be very simple to achieve with puppets. If used as written it will include parts for :

1 or more leaders ie,there are up to 8 separate opportunities to speak (dependant on what you choose to include)
Story teller (s)  15 separate opportunities to say 3 lines each.
Up to 16 simple speaking parts/ potential puppet roles (averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets) these being Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, Angel 2, Angel 3, Emperor Caesar, Roman Soldier, Innkeeper, 3 shepherds, 3 kings, King Herod and a star.
Singing/dancing angels (optional song using tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for host of angels, with sheet music and backing track included)
Singers Mary can sing a simple lullaby solo (to the tune of Hush Little Baby), or everyone can join in
6 bible readings needing a confident reader.

See the script preview to help you envisage any changes you might want to make to suit your circumstances.

Problem solved!  

We have this problem every year, so

1…..all of my scripts are written with this in mind, but some even more so than others.  Scenes can be practised independently of each other, and the songs are placed so that they give an opportunity to position the relevant cast for the next scene.

2…..some of my scripts include songs using familiar children’s tunes to which I have added my own nativity based lyrics, making them easily remembered and minimising rehearsal.  Better still, none of the scripts are reliant on the songs that I have included so this element of rehearsal can be cut out completely if you use hymns/carols for the congregation to sing at the appropriate points in the script, or minimised by using your own familiar favourites.

With this in mind, these are the best options in my opinion:

Scripts without songs which simply suggest carols or hymns for the congregation to sing instead…..

  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever is exactly what it says.  It could be performed with a cast that has literally just been gathered together an hour before and given their script prompt cards, without rehearsal!
  • The Story of Christmas NEW FOR 2016 Written as a result of the incredible feedback from the Simplest Nativity Play Ever, this uses the same concept of not requiring a rehearsal, but uses a (scripted) on-stage director to give instructions to the cast, some of whom never even need to leave their seats to be involved. (Director needs to be confident and able to scan read as they refer to the script throughout just as a director does, but disguise the fact that they are reading their lines from it!)
  • The DIY Nativity Play because of the congregational participation, simply requires a familiarity with the script and clear narration, so very little rehearsal is required.  The small cast of young people need minimal rehearsal (more of a familiarity with the script and what happens when) but the script then involves unsuspecting congregation members joining in!

This script includes optional songs…..

  • The Alphabet Nativity Play  can be as simple as you choose to make it, and can be used with or without acting, yet has a creative alphabetical visual element.  The songs are very simple and intended for the younger children to perform, or you could simply include Christmas carols for the congregation.  There is an optional character included (the ‘Instructor’) who gets the congregation to participate ‘pantomime style’ by holding up signs of responses they expect to the things they say.  Also, 26 alphabetical keywords are specified during the story and actions are suggested to do for the words, with an optional “Action Superstar” demonstrating these and an option for the congregation to join in.  In theory, this script should be simple, but in practice the ‘Action Superstar’ and the people holding up the illustrated keywords need a good familiarity of the script to get their timing right and in sync with the narrator.  Don’t underestimate this element of it when you plan rehearsals!  In general, the rehearsal time is more specific to the practicalities of the script (ie, timing, plus where and how to display the letters.)

The final script is for a full nativity service which includes a simple nativity play, and just a couple of optional songs for the children to perform, but then leaves you to include your own choice of carols for the congregation to join in with:

  • That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day tells the story of the birth of Jesus using bible readings, storyteller (s), actors and singers if you choose. The entire service is planned out with bible readings (taken from the New International Version) included.  The storyteller literally reads a rhyming introduction for each character who then simply says their rhyming couplet with very interaction required making rehearsals a luxury rather than a necessity. The acting requirement is very basic, and could even involve walk on parts, or pictures or puppets of the characters with a voiceover saying their lines.  If you choose to use actors, script prompts are pre-prepared ready to just print off and distribute and these could even be used at the performance.  See the script preview to help you envisage how you might do it.

Problem solved! 

  • These scripts include each person’s lines ready for you to print off and distribute, and can even be used as script prompts for the performance instead of learning lines.
  • Actors can choose not to say their own lines, and simply act as a walk on part, having their lines be allocated to the narrator or a voice-over so the script continues seamlessly.
  • Some scripts minimise or eliminate the need for costumes
  1. The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : The narrator tells the bible based nativity story with obvious prompts for individuals to say lines such as “The innkeeper listened while Joseph said….” (Do you have a room and a lovely warm bed).  An instructor tells the actors what to do (all in rhyme and rhythm) so that the direction needs little rehearsal.  Use the script prompts if you choose, as mentioned above.
  2. The Story of Christmas:  The play is directed by an on-stage director who literally gives the instructions as part of the play (all in rhyme and rhythm), whilst constantly referring to his script as if making/reading notes, (during a supposed play rehearsal), when he is actually discreetly scan reading his own lines for the performance.  This therefore requires a confident director who is actually leading the play itself, but everyone else just responds to the obvious prompts such as “This is the angel who told of the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of all of the earth” and then reads their lines from the script prompt cards that are provided.  If they choose not to say their own lines a voice-over can say them (this is written into the script).  The opportunity to involve some of the audience with lines to say from their seats is also included, requiring no rehearsal but simply leaving the script prompt on the seats (and pre-warning the congregation member!)
  3. The Alphabet Nativity : This play is less about acting and more about telling the story with visuals.  Hence, 26 key words are included in the story, which is told as an alphabet poem, and as each of them is said (in alphabetical order in the story:A=Angel, B=Beginning of the story, C=Census, D=Donkey etc), an illustrated letter is displayed and the appropriate action is done for that specific keyword.  The illustrations act as a prompt for the appropriate actions.  These letters are all prepared and ready to be printed onto card, and this is all the preparation time that you would need as there are no lines to distribute to the children, with the exception of the narration and the songs.  Of course, if you choose to have the story mimed to the narration, you will need to organise costumes, but the actors aren’t actually necessary as the play has its own unique appeal.

The final script is for a full nativity service   That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day tells the story of the birth of Jesus using bible readings (provided using the New International Version) and a storyteller (s) who introduces each character in an obvious way such that actors can then walk on and say a rhyming couplet with very little interaction required (or a voiceover could even be used for walk on parts).  If you choose to use actors, all of the lines are prepared as script prompts ready to print off and distribute to the actors.  It therefore requires very little preparation ahead of time, especially if the storytellers use the script, and voiceovers or script prompts are used on the day to avoid learning lines.   See the script preview to help you envisage how you might do it.

HAVE TO PRACTICE WITHOUT THE PIANIST?

  • Problem solved!

The above all include mp3 music files to use as backing tracks for the simple songs, as well as sheet music with simple piano music and guitar chords.

All of these use congregational hymns/ carols of your own choice, so no music rehearsals are required.

The following scripts all include optional songs, with sheet music provided for piano and guitar chords, and mp3 music backing tracks.  The songs are all deliberately simple, using tunes of familiar children songs, with my own nativity based lyrics.  There is no license fee so you are free to re-use songs as often as you like, including with other scripts.  Details of the songs included are listed below for each script…

The Children’s Nativity Story :

  1. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star   (ie, Angels’ song called “Glory to our God on High”)   Lovely for your little angels to sing together)
  2. Jingle Bells (ie, Kings’ song called “Three Kings Came”)
  3. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy (ie, Shepherds’ song called “Shepherd’s Calypso”.)  This can include a solo verse by a shepherd for an extra special touch, plus a chorus sung by angels, and a verse for all of the shepherds to sing together.
  4. Also included are a couple of songs already known to most children….
  5. Away in a Manger
  6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  7. Finally, my own “Donkey’s Journey” song

Grandpa’s Nativity Story : I have used my own easily remembered words to the following popular tunes

  1. Oranges and Lemons   (ie, Travelling song called “Bethlehem, Bethlehem, So Far Away”):  This could be sung by Mary and Joseph as a duet/solo if you choose
  2. O Christmas Tree (ie, Visitors to the stable song called “In Bethlehem a Babe was Born”)
  3. The traditional hymn, Children of Jerusalem (ie, Angels’ song called “Angel’s Hallelujah”):  This song would be really effective if you chose to have each angel sing a solo of individual line as suggested in the script
  4. We wish you a Merry Christmas (ie, Concluding song called “Happy Birthday to Jesus”)
  5. Finally, my own (optional) catchy “Ho Ho Ho” (Santa’s Song) is also included together with alternative variations referring to St Nicholas, and/or Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.  You may choose to use the play with no reference to Santa/St Nicholas/ the reindeer etc & it will be just as effective. (If you include Santa and this song, it could be sung as a solo if you choose)

The Donkey’s Christmas : I have used my own easily remembered words to the following popular tunes

  1. The Wise Man built his House upon the Rock   (ie, Travelling song called “The Donkey Carried Mary”)
  2. Go to sleep my baby (ie, Lullably song “Go to Sleep my Jesus”)  This would be really effective sung as a solo by Mary as she rocks the baby
  3. My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean (ie, Angels’ song called “Do Not be Afraid, We are Angels”) The angels could sing this as a group if you choose
  4. Pop Goes the Weasel (ie, Shepherd’s song called “We’re on the Way to Bethlehem”) The shepherd could sing this as a group if you choose.
  5. Sing a Song of Sixpence (ie, Kings song called “We’re Looking for a Baby”)  The kings could sing this as a group if you choose.
  6. Plus, the play begins and ends with my own composition called “The Celebration Song”, a lively, catchy tune with very simple but effective words that the children can easily remember.

The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town :  I have used my own easily remembered words to the following popular tunes….

  • The Wheels on The Bus  (ie, Donkey’s Travelling song called “All Day Long”) There is an opportunity for Mary and Joseph to have a solo verse each in this song
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain (ie, Angel’s song “Go Find the Baby Jesus”) This would be lovely sung by the angels as a group, and even better if they choose to sing a verse each, for example.
  • Here we go round the Mulberry Bush (ie, Shepherds’ song “This is the Way to Bethlehem”.) If you choose to, the shepherds can sing a solo of a verse each.
  • 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive (ie Kings’ song “1,2,3 Wise Men”)
  • She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain (ie, Celebration song “Oh! It’s Nearly Christmas Day”)

Finally, my own “Sleep Gentle Jesus” song

The Alphabet Nativity : As this script is purpose written to be suitable for younger children and special needs, it includes 9 short songs with easily remembered, repetitive lyrics sung to familiar children’s tunes as follows:

  • An Angel Told Mary (To the tune of ‘The Arky, Arky song, otherwise known as ‘Rise and Shine’)
  • Knock, Knock, Knocking (To the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’) : This song can be used to enact the scene, and the innkeeper can have a solo part in it as his response to Joseph
  • Rockabye Jesus (to the tune of Rock-a-bye Baby)
  • Hurry, Hurry, Off You Go (Angel’s song sung to the tune of ‘Horsey, Horsey’)  Can be sung by just the angels as a group if you choose
  • We are Looking For a Baby (To the tune of ‘What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor’)  Shepherds and innkeepers can sing solos in response to each other
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (the original) Kings can sing this as a group if you choose
  • Three Wise Men (To the tune of Three Blind Mice)
  • Christmas Day’s On Its Way (To the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)
  • Hush Baby Jesus

That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day: This script is more specifically a nativity service including the story of Jesus’s birth read directly from the appropriate bible passages, which are then re-iterated when a storyteller introduces a scene and character in rhyme.  The character comes onto stage to say a couple of rhyming lines before joining the stable scene to build up a live tableau.  It is therefore deliberately simple in every way,  suggesting Carols for the congregation to sing together at appropriate points rather than having songs for the children to learn and perform.  However, there are two optional opportunities included for the children to sing:

  • Mary can sing a solo, (or others can join in) with a lullably of some simple purpose written lyrics to the tune of “Hush Little Baby”
  • The angels can sing a simple song called “Glory to our God on High” to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

All of my scripts are deliberately balanced to include lots of small speaking parts, but some are more flexible than others in terms of choosing to omit certain lines if you have anyone shy in your cast who doesn’t want lines.

The script previews show the casting list and number of lines allocated to each part, so you will get a feel for how big each part is before you buy.

These are the considerations for each of the scripts available to you:

THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTS ARE WRITTEN WITH THE INTENTION OF BEING ACTED OUT AND THE CAST ALL HAVING SMALL SPEAKING PARTS, although options of non-speaking parts as extras is suggested for each of them.

  • Children’s Nativity Story : A lovely, simple retelling of the traditional, bible based nativity story with lots of gentle humour, all told in rhyme and rhythm.  Songs are included if you choose to use them.
  • Grandpa’s Nativity Story : Set in an excited child’s bedroom on Christmas Eve as they await the presents on Christmas Day, and Grandpa Joe takes the opportunity to tell them the story that they are actually celebrating.  As Grandpa Joe reads the story, the children act out the individual nativity scenes, all in rhyme and rhythm.  Optional songs are included.
  • The Donkey’s Christmas : The story of the birth of Jesus told from the humble perspective of a donkey who feels unloved and unnoticed until he realises that God actually chose him to carry His unborn son to his place of birth! A lovely, cute play with a strong message of humility and importance blended together.  Optional songs are included.

THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTS have large amounts of narration and the main characters carry the bulk of the script, with a few smaller speaking parts

  • The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town The innkeeper’s gossiping wife tells the story of the birth of a special baby in her stable, with the help of her diary which gets passed round as the characters interact and comment on her inaccurate memories!  Hence, the diary is actually the script so there is no memorising to do, just an ability to scan read and act without it being noticeable.
  • The DIY Nativity play This script is mostly narrated by the young people, while they give instructions to the congregation to join in unrehearsed, with just a few children included in the acting cast as ‘examples’ for the adults to follow!

The next 2 scripts can be used with as many or as few actors as you choose (can literally just be narrated if you choose) WITH OR WITHOUT SPEAKING PARTS, WITHOUT THE SCRIPT BEING REDUCED…….

  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever  This needs Mary and Joseph as actors as a minimum, but includes up to 19 speaking parts plus extras and non-speaking parts, BUT if someone doesn’t want to say their own line the narrator or a voice-over can say it for them as part of the story being narrated so the script is not reduced.
  • The Story of Christmas This needs a confident onstage director (part of the script) who actually does the directing using the script , all in rhyme and rhythm (no need to memorise as he does it with constant reference to the script on a clipboard in the same way that a director would do, but is disguising the fact that he is reading his own lines).  Other than this, the concept works like the Simplest Nativity Play Ever and rhyming couplets are allocated to each individual, but in such a way that they can choose not to say them themselves and a voice-over or narrator can say their lines as part of the story while they simply have a walk on part.

THE FOLLOWING SCRIPT HAS LITTLE OR NO SPEAKING PARTS OTHER THAN A NARRATOR but does have a really fun optional audience participation element if you choose to include the Instructor’s speaking part…..

  • The Alphabet Nativity   The script is written as an alphabet poem which is narrated and includes 26 keywords mentioned in alphabetical order as part of the story.  When mentioned, an illustrated letter is displayed and there are some actions for the children to do.  Walk on parts can act the play in mime if you choose, without any lines.  I highly recommend the use of the optional parts of ‘Instructor’ who encourages ‘audience participation’ pantomime style, and holds signs up with the response of the audience/congregation.  It adds a fun, family atmosphere to an already unique and highly visual play.  Meanwhile, another optional character is the ‘Action Superstar’ who demonstrates the actions, and the opportunity to get the congregation to join in the actions at speed at the end together.

Finally That Wonderful God-given First Christmas Day is written as a full nativity service, including bible readings (from the New International Version of the bible) and narrated by a storyteller (can be split into up to 15 parts of 3 lines).  The storyteller introduces each character with an obvious prompt and a walk on part can then be brought on with, on average, a couple of rhyming lines to say.  Some actors and/or their lines could be omitted, but it would shorten the script if they were not included, or a voiceover could be used if preferred.

  • The Alphabet Nativity : includes the option to use a ‘pantomime style’ Instructor who talks to the audience and holds signs up for them to make a response (Hold up sign saying”AH” for audience, followed by the Instructor’s response “You’re really not much good at this! Let’s try another “Ah”…He really is the cutest baby that you’ve seen by far” Hold up sign  again “AH”) etc.  Also, the ‘Action Superstar’ does actions to the 26 alphabetical  specific keywords throughout the play and at the end there is an option for the whole audience to stand and do the actions, at speed, to the recap poem of the story: a real fun moment for everyone.  The teenagers of our church specifically requested these two optional characters to be written in and it worked brilliantly.
  • The DIY Nativity : is purpose written for a church nativity service whereby the children/teenager narrators get the adults up from the audience to play specific parts, scripted throughout with mockery and sarcasm.  This is a great lighthearted interactive retelling of the nativity story for a church with a fun, family atmosphere, and always receives fabulous feedback.  Appropriate hymns/carols are suggested for everyone to sing instead of having songs performed but no music is actually provided.
  • The Simplest Nativity Play Ever : This script can literally be performed without a rehearsal by people who are given a card with their prompt and their lines on it, usually consisting of two rhyming lines.  It makes a lovely community event if you are brave enough to attempt it!  A scripted instructor tells the actors what to do all in rhyme and rhythm, while the narrator introduces each character with an obvious prompt such as “the innkeeper listened while Joseph said…..” making it simply a case of listening to the narrator and instructor and following their direction.  We used this script when we had very few children in our Sunday School so we could include some adults who simply sat on the end of the pews as the innkeepers etc, and it was a great way to get involvement from the whole congregation.
  • The Story of Christmas :A scripted on-stage director carries the script with him/her and constantly refers to it to make notes throughout the performance (in reality they are reading their lines!)  The director (must be confident and familiar with the script) therefore instructs all the cast in rhyme and rhythm so they do not all need to be rehearsed, although any rehearsals that you choose to do will make it more smooth running, of course.  Meanwhile, some of the characters are written such that people in the audience can say the lines of, for example, the shepherds, simply by standing where they are and reading their lines from the printable script prompt card that is placed on their seat, without any prior sight of the script.  Several of these characters are included (see script preview) but you can choose whether to substitute them for an actual actor on stage (appropriate alternatives are offered for both scenarios.)  Having used this script in 2015 in our church (I played the director) I have included an example diagram of the way that the church was set out and where everyone sat for our performance.  The Shepherds, Innkeepers, Soldier, Caesar, Joseph and Star were all unrehearsed members of the congregation, whilst the kings joined us from a local school and were unfamiliar with the church.  It was a blessing for us all.

The Children’s Nativity Story :  This script sticks to a fun, relaxed biblical retelling of the birth of Jesus without any specific message other than a simple celebration of the story.  The “Full Christmas Story” poem is offered as an additional optional ending to the play and goes on to link the nativity story with the ongoing life and death of Jesus, acknowledging that Christmas is all about God expressing His love for us through Jesus and His choice to come to earth as a man, and to recognise that Jesus is God’s gift to us.

Grandpa’s Nativity StoryDon’t get carried away with the excitement of Christmas and forget the real reason for the celebration, Jesus being the very first and most precious gift of all.

The Donkey’s Christmas Play :  Throughout the play the donkey grumbles about being unnoticed and feeling unloved playing such a humble background role, and then realises at the end of the day that he had carried God’s unborn son and been present at His birth, but simply didn’t recognise the privilege at the time…….“He thought about the baby’s birth, and then he understood: The Saviour of the world thinks that humility is good!”

The Alphabet Nativity : The Alphabet Nativity Play tells the nativity story in rhyme and rhythm as an alphabet poem. The perfect central positioning of the following keywords in the alphabet stresses the message that ‘Jesus, King, Lord, and Messiah’ are literally at the very centre of the Nativity Story, and that the point of Jesus’s birth gave us a ‘New beginning’.

The DIY Nativity play : This play specifically highlights the fact that God tells us to share the good news, and not to just leave it to the children to tell it via a nativity once a year.  It quotes Matthew 28 verses 19 and 20 at the end.

The Day That Baby Jesus Came to Town : Remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas: the birth of Jesus is not just a story, but the real reason for our celebrations at Christmas-time.  The free bonus poem “Jesus is not just for Christmas” highlights the message that, whilst Christmas is a lovely time of celebration, we must remember that Jesus is the reason for it, but also that Jesus’s birth was a gift to us from God, not just for Christmas-time but forever.

The Story of Christmas : This is simply a retelling of the traditional bible based nativity story, keeping firmly to the details and words as related in the bible, with the exception of following the tradition of the kings visiting the stable instead of a house as per Matthew’s gospel.

The Simplest Nativity Play Ever :  There are 2 alternative choices of ending included in the script

  • Option A …….Biblical message: The real reason that Jesus came at Christmas-time is stated in John Chapter 3 verse 16: “For God so loved the world that He sent His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life
  • Option B …….General message: At Christmas-time we need to think beyond the gifts and consider what part we can play in making the world a better place and bringing peace and joy to the earth.

The Simplest Nativity Play Ever is also unique in the fact that it keeps so firmly to the biblical accuracy of the nativity story that it even acknowledges the fact that the kings visited Jesus in a house, not a stable (as per Matthew’s gospel reading) but then, as part of the script, agrees to compromise and stick with tradition and use the stable scene anyway, thereby recognising the actual truth of the gospel retelling of the kings’ visit.

SCRIPTS INCLUDING MUSIC

Click on the nativity script titles below to find out more…

Scripted with 19 small speaking parts, many of which are optional, it tells the traditional, bible based nativity story all in rhyme, with narration, and with lots of fun and humour.

In the words of a customer, this script is

“A nice mixture of traditional with a contemporary twist!”
Rev Victoria Linford, Scotland

 Whilst the script will work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols if preferred, it includes sheet music, mp3 backing tracks and purpose written simple words to the tunes of:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (ie Angels’ song called “Glory to our God on High”)
  • The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (ie Shepherds’ song called “Shepherd’s Calypso”.  This can include a solo verse by a shepherd for an extra special touch, plus a chorus sung by angels)
  • Jingle Bells (The Three Kings’ Song / Off to Bethlehem)

Also included are the familiar songs:

  • Away in a Manger We Wish you a Merry Christmas

and finally:

  • my own Donkey’s Journey song

For MORE DETAILS OF THE CHILDREN’S NATIVITY STORY click here 
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 Set in an excited children’s bedroom on Christmas Eve, it blends a modern day Christmas Eve with Grandpa’s reminder of the traditional, bible based nativity story, read as a bedtime story. Scripted with 20 small speaking parts (many optional), the narrator continues as the cast act, all in rhyme.

 (Santa/St Nicholas can be included, with a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.)

 In the words of a customer the script is

 “Easy to adapt to your own church settings and cast, but most of the script and directions are perfect as they are.” 
Ian from Manchester

 The script includes lyrics, sheet music and backing tracks to 5 simple children’s songs all using familiar tunes, but it will also work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols.

Whilst the script can be used with your own choice of songs, carols or hymn, the script includes sheet music, mp3 backing tracks and purpose written simple words to the tunes of:

  • Oranges and Lemons (ie Bethlehem, Bethlehem, So Far away)
  • O Christmas Tree (ie In Bethlehem a Babe was Born)
  • Children of Jerusalem hymn tune (ie Angel’s Hallelujah)
  • We Wish you a Merry Christmas (ie, Happy Birthday to Jesus)
  • Finally, my own Ho Ho Ho (Santa’s Song)

For MORE DETAILS OF THE GRANDPA’S NATIVITY STORY click here,
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Written from the perspective of the gossiping Innkeeper’s Wife who was so intrigued by the activity and visitors at the stable that night that she wrote it all in her diary.

Together with her downtrodden husband and the narrators, the story is told in rhyme (reading from the diary) whilst being acted out by another 20 scripted small speaking parts (many optional.)  Mary’s uniquely amusing dialogue brings an extra touch of humour.

 “Absolutely EVERYBODY loved the play….lots of positive feedback about the clever way it was written and the catchy little songs. Lots of people said it was the best nativity play they had ever seen.”
Rochelle Samwell, Glandore Family Church Kid’s Club, Adelaide

Our older children chose the script for its humour, and enjoyed the opportunity to really ‘act’ their parts with attitude and sarcasm!” 
Angela (after using in my own church)

 Whilst the script can be used with your own choice of songs, carols, or congregational hymns if you prefer, the script includes sheet music, mp3 backing tracks and purpose written simple words to the tunes of:

  • The Wheels on the Bus (ie, All Day Long)
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain (Go Find the Baby Jesus)
  • Here We go Round the Mulberry Bush (This is the Way to Bethlehem)
  • Once I Caught a Fish Alive (1,2,3 Wise Men)
  • She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain (Oh, it’s Nearly Christmas Day)
  • And finally, my own composition…Sleep Gentle Jesus

For MORE DETAILS OF THE DAY THAT BABY JESUS CAME TO TOWN click here,
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Scripted with 23 small speaking parts, many of which are optional, with a recommended minimum of 9, the Donkey’s Christmas play script tells the traditional bible based nativity story with an entirely rhyming narration, from the perspective of the donkey.

In the absence of any testimonials, this is my vision for this script

“Casting the donkey as the main character, the part could be played by a young child for an endearing cute factor, or played with comic flair by an older actor.  This gentle humoured script highlights the message that we are all special to God”
Angela

Whilst the script can be used with your own choice of songs, carols or congregational hymns if you prefer, it includes alternative appropriate lyrics, sheet music and mp3 backing tracks to the following simple children’s songs, all using the familiar tunes:

  • The Wise Man built his House upon the Rock   (ie, Travelling song called “The Donkey Carried Mary”)
  • Go to sleep my baby (ie, Lullably song “Go to Sleep my Jesus”)
  • My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean (ie, Angels’ song called “Do Not be Afraid, We are Angels”)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (ie, Shepherd’s song called “We’re on the Way to Bethlehem”)
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence (ie, Kings song called “We’re Looking for a Baby”)

Plus, the play begins and ends with my own composition called “The Celebration Song”, a lively, catchy tune with very simple but effective words that the children can easily remember.

For MORE DETAILS OF THE DONKEY’S CHRISTMAS PLAY click here,
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Adaptable, Brilliantly Creative, Deliberately Easy and Flexible, the entire script is narrated as an alphabet poem, with 26 printable illustrated letters provided (to be displayed as the play progresses, and actions suggested for the 26 keywords of the script.  Used with or without actors miming to the story, the play’s flexibility means that it can be as simple or as detailed as you choose.)  

In the absence of any testimonials, this is my vision for the script
This unique play is so simple that it could even be used by a preacher as an unrehearsed nativity, yet it’s so flexible that it could be used for a fully rehearsed, personalised Sunday school nativity play.  Regardless of whether you are blessed with children in your church, the message of the Christmas story can still be told with flair!”
Angela

The script and all of the 26 printable, illustrated letters are provided, including alternative appropriate lyrics for the following 9 short optional simple songs (with sheet music and mp3 backing tracks in case you have no pianist), but the script will also work with your own choice of songs or congregational hymns/carols if you prefer :

  • An Angel Told Mary (To the tune of ‘The Arky, Arky song, otherwise known as ‘Rise and Shine’)
  • Knock, Knock, Knocking (To the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’) This song can be used to enact the scene, and the innkeeper can have a solo part in it as his response to Joseph
  • Rockabye Jesus (to the tune of Rock-a-bye Baby)
  • Hurry, Hurry, Off You Go (To the tune of ‘Horsey, Horsey’) Can be sung by just the angels as a group if you choose
  • We are Looking For a Baby (To the tune of ‘What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor’) Shepherds and innkeepers can sing solos in response to each other if you choose
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (the original) Kings can sing this as a group if you choose
  • Three Wise Men (To the tune of Three Blind Mice)
  • Christmas Day’s On Its Way (To the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)
  • Hush Baby Jesus

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This script is more specifically a nativity service, incorporating a simple nativity play within a carol service, and providing all of the appropriate bible readings, which are taken from the Good News translation of the bible, together with a couple of optional songs for the children to sing as solos or as a choir.

The script is flexible and adapts to ANY SIZE CAST and, if used exactly as written, includes:
one or more storytellers (split it as you choose),
• a leader (to introduce songs etc), and
• up to 16 speaking parts to enact the story as it is read, averaging 1 or 2 rhyming couplets (any of which can be omitted or spoken by a voiceover if preferred so that the script is not reduced), plus
•  optional singers and dancing angels.
•  2 optional short, simple songs with sheet music and backing tracks: a lullaby for Mary, and a song of praise for the angels.

The message of this nativity service is a challenge to everyone to consider the birth of Jesus to be more than just a story that the children tell every year in a cute way, but instead to recognise it’s relevance today to each of us as individuals and as Christians.  It asks the audience to consider WHAT THEY PERSONALLY BELIEVE.

The play element simply reiterates and emphasises each bible reading and the actors gradually build up a ‘live tableau’ of the stable scene by the end of the service.

This script was provided to Action for Children for their fundraisers to use in 2016:

“Last year, you very kindly supported Action for Children by writing a beautiful drama and poem for our worship resource booklet.  We had some very positive feedback and the content you supplied was perfect for our younger members of the congregations.” 

Gill Dean: Fundraising Manager – England North & Wales – Community Partnerships

This service preaches a very Christian message in a unique way, rounded up in the free poem that is included as an option to use at the end of the service.  All of the planning is done for you, including the bible reading selection, so you literally only need to add your own moments for prayer and the taking of the offering/collection at some point in the service.  Better still, the organisation of the play is beautifully simple, with individual script prompts for each actor ready prepared for you to print and distribute.

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SCRIPTS WITHOUT MUSIC

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Scripted with 6 narrators, 1 small speaking part and 4 children’s walk on parts (plus angels as required) it tells the traditional, bible based nativity story all in rhyme, and incorporates volunteers from the congregation as the remaining cast.  All the appropriate mockery of the volunteers is scripted in rhyme and makes for a hilarious, family atmosphere!

 “The church really entered into the fun of it and the children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity for some good humoured mockery of the adult volunteers!”
Angela (after using in my own church)

 No songs are included, as this is written as a nativity service using hymns and carols for the congregation to join in.  Suggestions are made for appropriate carols, but feel free to choose your own alternatives.

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 Purpose written to relieve the pressure of rehearsals and last minute changes this script really is the Simplest Nativity Play Ever. Scripted for 19 (optional) speaking parts, plus angels, narrators and an instructor, ANY role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script, except for Mary and Joseph.

Script prompt cards are included for those who choose to say their own lines, but the script is written so that the narrator can step in and say any of the actors’ lines instead if preferred.

The whole script references the parts of the bible where the story is taken from, and encourages people to read the story for themselves.

 Angela’s challenge to you:

“This script really is possible in any church. It could even be used as a fantastic community nativity service, where anyone who wanted to take part could arrive an hour beforehand; what a great outreach it could be.”

 No songs are included, as this is written as a nativity service using hymns and carols for the congregation to join in.  Suggestions are made for appropriate carols, but feel free to choose your own alternatives.

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 Purpose written to relieve the pressure of rehearsals and last minute changes this script uses the same concept as The Simplest Nativity Play Ever, but incorporates an ability to do more acting by having a scripted on-stage director who leads the unrehearsed acting. Scripted for 20 (optional) speaking parts, plus Mary, Joseph and Innkeeper, narrator(s) and a director, in addition to any extra walk on parts or dancing angels etc, any role can be omitted without reducing or altering the script.

Printable script prompt cards are included for those who choose to say their own lines, but the script is written so that the narrator or a voice-over can step in and say any of the actors’ lines instead if preferred.

 Angela’s challenge to you:

“We used this script in a newly refurbished and therefore untested church building, with children from a local school who had never been before, with just one rehearsal and no certainty of numbers until that weekend!  Every element of our nativity was unknown!  We included members of the congregation who stood and spoke from where they were seated.
THIS SCRIPT REALLY IS POSSIBLE IN ANY CHURCH WITH ANY SIZE CAST!

If you don’t have enough children for a nativity, why not invite children from the community or local school.
We were so blessed as a church and community, and yet the children thought that we had done them a favour LETTING them join in!

 No songs are included, as this is written as a nativity service using hymns and carols for the congregation to join in.  Suggestions are made for appropriate carols, but feel free to choose your own alternatives.

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SPOILT FOR CHOICE?

At this price, where’s the harm in buying a couple and being prepared for next year too?  You have my blessing to mix and match the songs (and even parts of the scripts if you like.)  Adapt them as you choose, and the upgrade to the word document will make it even easier!

Ps. if you are still not sure, remember that you do not have to take my word for it. Read the fantastic testimonials that I have received, from teachers and nativity organisers who have used the scripts.

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In the meantime why not click here to get a FREE COPY of my “Nativity Roll Call” rhyming poem which will make a fantastic finish to any traditional nativity play, not just my own.  Just enter your email address in the box below, click the “Send my Free Roll Call NOW!” button and you will receive your FREE copy delivered straight to your inbox!  Once you’ve got that, come back here to select your instantly downloadable nativity play – you’ll be glad you did!

Why do I do it for this price?

You have a very special outreach ministry, and this is my way of supporting it.  Don’t ever underestimate the difference that you are making in sharing this powerful story in such a simple and beautiful way.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”   Matthew 19 verse 14

Have great fun with your nativity play/ service and have a fabulous Christmas.

God bless

Angela,
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Church Nativity Plays