The Back-to-School Angel

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Use this drama to help kids know God is with them
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Characters:

  • Teacher, dressed in clothing typically worn to church
  • Tutor the angel, dressed in a tattered robe with gold patches
    and gold smears, wings with loose feathers, and a bent halo
    (possibly a gold bike helmet with a halo attached)

Props: For Tutor you’ll need a half-full bag of
gold glitter; a sheet of paper with a list of names; three folded
notes kept in Tutor’s robe; a bike part, such as a handlebar, bell,
or bent wheel. If possible, spray paint the bike part gold.

(The teacher is giving announcements when a loud, crashing
noise is heard off- stage or in the hallway. The teacher
investigates, then backs into the room. A confused angel wearing a
twisted halo and carrying a bike part and bag of glitter enters the
room.)

Tutor: Hey! Where am I? (Stumbles around;
acts confused.)

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Teacher: Oh my, be careful! (Helps steady
the angel.)
It sounds like you had an accident out there. Are
you okay?

Tutor: (Checks himself.) Well, I think so.
(Brushes his feathered wings and a couple of feathers fall
out.)
Oh feathers! Look at me! I’m coming apart. My best set
of wings, too. (Holds up the bike part.) And look at this.
My Gold Wing bike is a wreck. Guess I was looking at my galaxy map
and wasn’t watching where I was going when I crash landed. Is this
(name of your local school)?

Teacher: No, this is (name of church).
And who are you might I ask?

Tutor: I’m Tutor. (Brushes himself off
again and straightens up, assuming that everyone is impressed.
Teacher tilts head as though everyone needs more information. Tutor
finally notices that he needs to explain himself more.)
I’m
Tutor. You know, the Back-to-School Angel. (Teacher still
doesn’t get it but grins anyway. Tutor sighs.)
You’ve never
heard of me? I’m called Tutor because I’m a special kind of
guardian who helps kids one at a time.

Teacher: Oh, well, nice to meet you. I am
(name), and all these kids here at (church name)
are sure glad you’re okay.

Tutor: This isn’t (name of local
school)
? (Teacher shakes head and encourages kids to do
the same.)
No, huh? Well, I’m sure I checked my galaxy map and
was following the directions correctly. It’s very important that I
get there right away. (Paces anxiously.)

Teacher: But Tutor, this is Sunday. Even if you
were at the school, no one would be there.

Tutor: Tomorrow?! Oh feathers! I’ve cracked up
my bike and I’ve got the wrong day! (Notices his bag of glitter
is half full.)
And look at this, my Super Blessing Dust has
spilled all over the place. Oh feathers! What am I going to do?
(Sadly sits on stage.)

Teacher: Oh, Tutor, we sure are sorry. Is there
anything we can do to help?

Tutor: Help me? You want to help me? No, no,
you don’t understand. I was sent to help you! Someone called me
yesterday. Well, actually I got a couple of calls. (Pulls out
the list of names.)
I came as quickly as I could. Looks like I
might’ve come too quickly, though.

Teacher: Someone from our church called
you?

Tutor: Yes, I downloaded the urgent voice mail
from our Cloud 9 file. (Stands up and pulls a note from the
robe.)
Here it is!

Teacher: What’s a Cloud 9 file?

Tutor: It’s our heavenly prayer line.
(Hands the note to the teacher.)

Teacher: (Reads the note.) “God, help!
I don’t know anybody at my new school, and it’s way bigger than my
old one. I’m scared I’ll get lost and look really stupid. Then no
one will want to be my friend.” (Turns the note over.)
It’s not signed.

Tutor: That’s okay! The Boss knows who sent it.
(Pulls out another note from a student at another school or in
another class.)
Here’s a request from someone else. This one
needs help with a new teacher who’s supposed to be really strict.
(Pulls out another note.) And here’s one from a kid who
worries about money for school clothes.

Teacher: Well, those are things a lot of kids
think about when school starts. Maybe even some of our guys and
girls are thinking about those things. Is that why you were
sent?

Tutor: Yes, the Boss uses angels to send his
message of love and remind people to trust him. (Moans loudly.) But
feathers! I messed up again! Some Back-to-School Angel I am! I
can’t get the day or the place right, and I’ve cracked up my Gold
Wing bike. And I even skinned my knee. (Rubs knee.)

Teacher: Oh, Tutor, I don’t think you’ve messed
up so badly. Seems to me that the reason you came was to give some
blessings. What’s a day early? It’s never too early to get a
blessing. After all, the Bible tells us that God’s blessings are
forever and ever — even a day early. (Turns to children.)
If Tutor gives you a blessing today, will you remember to carry it
with you to school? (Encourages children to agree.)

Tutor: Really? (Cheerfully.) Wow! That
would be great! Marvelous! Awesome! (Looks in blessing bag and
sees there isn’t much.
) Oh, but I’ve only got a little Super
Blessing Dust left.

Teacher: But even a little blessing dust from
God is more than enough. (Turns to children.) Don’t you
agree?

Tutor: Well, that’s very true. Okay, here goes.
(Gently sprinkles glitter on the audience as he paraphrases Deuteronomy 31:6.) Be strong and
courageous. Do not be afraid for the Lord your God goes with you.
Amen.

Teacher: Wow, that’s a great blessing, Tutor!
Let’s say the blessing with Tutor once again so we don’t forget
it.

All: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid
for the Lord your God goes with you. Amen.

Teacher: I recognize that verse. It’s from Deuteronomy 31:6 where Moses reminded the
Israelites that God would go with them to the Promised Land.
(Looks at Tutor who’s looking at his rumpled robe, wings, halo,
and bike part.)
You know what, Tutor?

Tutor: What’s that?

Teacher: I think you could use that blessing
too. I think this verse is for you, too!

Tutor: For me? What do you mean?

Teacher: You’ve crashed your bike, lost your
way, skinned your knee, and dropped your dust. Even with all that,
God is still with you!

Tutor: Feathers! You’re right! I nearly forgot.
(Sprinkles himself with glitter and invites the children to
repeat the verse with him.)
Be strong and courageous. Do not
be afraid for the Lord your God goes with you. Amen. Yes, you’re
right. It does remind me to trust God. I do feel better. And I’ll
bet it even works for teachers, too. (Sprinkles the teacher and
leads the children in saying the verse for the teacher.)

Teacher: Especially for teachers!

Tutor: (Salutes the children and then looks
at his bike part.)
Well, now that this assignment is
completed, I best be on my way. Uh, you wouldn’t know where I can
find a bike repair shop, would you? (Heads toward the
exit.)
I’ve still got a couple of other school stops to make
…tomorrow! (Exits.)


Pat Verbal is a children’s ministry consultant in Orlando,
Florida. Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and
prices are subject to change.

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