This object lesson teaches about faith and about doing things for God that are sometimes scary.
Box or some other sturdy object that children can fall off backward so that you can catch them. It should be tall enough that it presents a challenge but not so tall as to be unsafe.
· Set up box on stage.
· Ask for someone strong and reliable to be your spotter.
· Practice the script.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
· “Sometimes God gives you a test to see if you are learning what He is trying to teach you.”
· “First, He teaches you a lesson. Then, He tests you on it to see if you learned it.”
· “One of the areas that He will regularly test you in is your faith. He wants to know if you trust Him.”
· “I would like to demonstrate. Can I get a really brave volunteer?” (Select volunteer and bring him/her up to stage. Have person stand on a sturdy box or some other object on the stage, facing away from audience.)
· “You may have heard of a leap of faith. That means you jump out to do something God wants you to do even when it’s scary. You do it because you believe God will catch you.”
· “We’re going to do a ‘Fall of Faith.’ I’ll play the part of God, and when (volunteer’s name) falls backward off this box, I’ll catch him/her.”
· “So, ready?” (talking to volunteer)
· “When I count to three, I want you to fall backward into my arms, and just like God, I will catch you if you put your trust in me.”
· (Draw this out in order to create suspense and add a little humor.) “Are you ready? ………Oh, hey….how are you feeling? Is it scary? But you trust me, right?”
· “Okay, count of three! One! Two!”
· (Suddenly turn away from the volunteer and face the audience. Make sure you have arranged for another adult – a “spotter” – to be standing near so that he or she can catch the child if he/she falls. Your spotter should not be obvious but should be close enough for safety.)
· “Oh! I forgot to tell you! Before you do a Fall of Faith, make sure you pray about it. Not everything that is scary is something God wants you to do. You’ve got to make sure this is really a test from God. You don’t want to take the fall if it isn’t God’s will, because you may get hurt. You can also talk to other godly people (like your parents) and read your Bible to make sure.”
· “All right! Let’s do this! (talking again to your volunteer) One! Two! Thr…!”
· (Suddenly turn away—same condition as before—and face audience.)
· “Can anyone give me an example of a time when you did something for God that was scary?”
· (Take a few ideas.)
· “Perfect! Exactly what I’m looking for! I think that helps us understand what I mean by a ‘Fall of Faith.’”
· “Okay, time to take the fall!”
· (To volunteer) “Are you ready?”
· (Assuming that you have lost the volunteer’s trust by now, say…) “Why not? No, really, you can trust me!” (If the volunteer still seems to trust you, you might need to draw this out some more.)
· “Okay—one, two, THREE!” (If volunteer doesn’t fall, reassure him/her that you are serious this time. After the volunteer takes the fall, and you safely catch him or her, thank your volunteer and send him/her back to seat.)
· “The good news is, God is more trustworthy than I am. He will always catch you if you are doing His will.”
· (If you have time, let other children experience the Fall of Faith.)