The Box Of Stones
An impactful drama that'll turn kids' hearts toward
- Main Character (female)
- Friends #1 (male), #2 (female), and #3 (male)
(The above four characters wear regular "kid" clothes.)
- Therapist (female; wears a suit)
- Jesus (wears a white robe and a crown of thorns)
- Person dressed in dark clothing
- Each character (except Jesus) carries a large cardboard box
filled with stones. The Main Character has stones that are labeled
"lying," "disobedient to parents," "cussing," "cheating on a math
test," "shoplifting," "cheating," "making fun of people," "telling
a big lie," "hatred," "complaining," and "lying."
- Set a card table and two chairs stage left for the therapist's
- Position a large cross stage right.
- Give each child in the audience a small stone to hold before
- For the song segments, you'll need a CD player and the
"Surrender" CD by Joe Strock. (Available for $12 by calling 
979-7948.) You'll also need the song "Arise My Love" from Newsong's
People Get Ready CD.
Optional: This drama can also be pretaped and
performed as a pantomime.
(Main Character enters from stage right, slowly moving
toward center stage during the first paragraph. Main Character
struggles underneath a heavy load -- a large, heavy cardboard box
filled with stones.)
I'm not exactly sure where it came from...this box of stones. It
seems like I've been carrying it around all my life. It didn't used
to be this heavy. It's sort of strange, but the older I get, the
heavier it becomes. (Looks tired; droops shoulders.) And
as each day goes by, more and more stones get in my box. (Sets
box on the floor and sits beside it.)
I can barely remember finding the first stone. I think I was
around 4 years old. I lied to my parents about breaking a vase. It
was no big deal...but after I lied, that's when I noticed this box
with a single stone inside. I pulled out the stone (Reaches in
the box and searches through different stones, not finding
Yeah, here it is. The first stone. I pulled it out of the
box...It was filthy. (Wipes stone on jeans.) It had the
word "lying" on it. I just tossed it back in the box. (Puts it
back in the box.) No big deal...after all, it was just a
Yeah, right. It was no big deal...so why did I feel so bad? Why
did I feel that no one could ever love me?
But now I have so many of these stones. (Reaches in and
pulls out a stone.) This one: "disobedient to parents"...so
what? All they ever do is gripe at me anyway. (Puts the stone
in the box and pulls out another.) "Cussing"...It's really
tough to keep from letting a bad word slip out every now and then.
(Pulls stones out faster and reads them.)
Cheating on a math test, shoplifting, cheating again, making fun
of people, telling a big lie, hatred, complaining, lying again.
(Hangs head in desperation, then puts the stones back in the
Before I knew it, I was carrying around this heavy box of
stones. (Slowly struggles to lift the box again.)
Each stone is a reminder of filth in my life...each pound...the
heaviness of sin in my life.
I feel so bad. Why have I done all these things? Could anyone
ever love me enough to forgive me? (Bows head.)
(Play "He Is All You Need.")
I'm afraid to talk to my parents about all my stones. I know
they'd really be disappointed in me.
I tried talking to a friend about it. (Friend #1 enters from
stage right.) He took a stone out of the box. (Friend #1 sets
down his box and takes a stone from the Main Character's box.
Friend #1 smiles as he looks at it.) He said, "What are you
worried about? It's just a little sin!" And he put the stone back
in the box. (Friend #1 exits with his box stage left.)
(Friend #2 enters from stage right.)
Another friend was so shocked by what she read on the stones
that she put them back in the box...looked at me with disgust...and
walked away. (Friend #2 sets down her box, peeks into the Main
Character's box, looks shocked, picks up her own box, walks away,
and exits stage left.)
(Friend #3 enters from stage right.)
A close friend even helped me carry the box of stones
around...but over time, it got too heavy and wore him down too.
(Friend #3 tries to carry the Main Character's box and his own
box...eventually stumbles and lets go. Looks apologetic as he exits
stage left with his box.)
It's okay; he had his own box of stones to carry. It was nice of
him to help...but it was just too much weight to carry.
Somebody told me I should see a counselor. (Counselor enters
from stage left and sets her box on the table. Main Character
carries her box and joins the Counselor at the table.) That
was okay...for a while. I would go into her office and empty the
box of stones onto the table. (Empties box of stones onto the
table.) We talked about the stones...and believe me, that
wasn't easy. (Both look at the stones as though analyzing
them.) After analyzing my stones, she told me it wasn't my
fault. I was a victim. It was everyone else's fault.
It felt good to talk about it, but after every session I'd pack
the stones back in my box and drag them home. (Places box on
floor and drags it to center stage. Counselor exits left with her
box.) I wish someone could help me. I'm so tired of stumbling
under this load. I want some help! I want some relief! I want
someone to love me and forgive me. (Bows head with shoulders
drooped and hand to forehead.)
(Song segment: Play "How Could You Say No?" as Jesus enters
from stage left and slowly walks to the Main Character. He places
his hand on her shoulder, takes the box of stones, and slowly walks
to the cross. Jesus empties the stones one by one at the foot of
the cross, takes his place on the cross, and dies. Main character
and the person dressed in dark clothing take Jesus off the cross
and slowly carry him as they exit stage right.)
Narrator: Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes
away the sin of the world. God made Jesus -- who knew no sin -- to
become sin that we might be made right with God. Jesus was wounded
for all our sins. He was bruised for all the things we've done
wrong. And by his punishment, we are healed.
You've been holding a stone that represents sin in your life. In
a moment, you'll have time to give it to Jesus and lay it at the
foot of the cross. You'll take nothing away. The weight of your sin
can be taken away by Jesus only. Because of our Savior's death on
the cross and resurrection from the dead, you are free!
(As children lay their stones at the cross and return to
their seats, play "The Cross.")
After the last person is seated, darken the room.
(Play "Arise My Love" by Newsong.)
(Main Character slowly enters and kneels at the cross. On
the third chorus, turn on the stage lights as Jesus enters in a
white robe. He walks over to the character by the cross, places his
hand on her shoulder, and whispers in her ear. The Main Character
is startled as she stands up and steps back from Jesus. Jesus opens
his arms to her. They embrace and exit arm in arm.)
This drama was written by Rick Clark and originally
presented in Group Publishing's 1998 Summer Workcamp