The Fruitless Tree (I John 4:7-8, a classroom script)

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Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God and love others. In the Fruitless Tree skit, we learn that being a true follower of Jesus isn't about keeping a bunch of rules and regulations. Instead, it's all about showing love to everyone around us - no matter who they are or what they have done. This is a fun and meaningful skit that will help your class learn more about the importance of having love in their lives.

SCRIPTURE BASE: I John 4:7-8 -- This is a short skit in two acts about a fruitless tree who learns the meaning of these verses.

Ask for two volunteers! One as Larry Tree and the other to be Peggy Tree, the fruitless tree. The third volunteer ("Christian") can be a teacher or a willing student you have practiced with, male or female. The rest of the class will participate in a fun way as well!

You can ask for volunteers for these parts and set up time to practice outside of class OR just do it in class, script-in-hand!



Tree branch headbands


  • two baskets of real apples
  • several fake apples (for costumes, make sure some have an attachment to hang them from the tree branch headbands)
  • a Bible



Larry walks in the door looking around. Peggy walks in like a model on the runway and playing with her hair/branches.

Peggy Tree: Hey, do you see my big branches? I'm SO proud of them!

Larry Tree: Yes, Peggy Tree, they're very impressive!

Peggy Tree: And do you see all of my leaves, Larry Tree? They're so green and pretty!

Larry Tree: Yes, they're lovely!

Peggy Tree: (pouts) But do you see my fruit? I don't have any.

Larry Tree: That's okay, you don't need fruit to be beautiful ... you only need ...

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