|Cast: Small casts, depends on play||Time: 10-15 minute||Set: Simple for church
| Take your church congregation back to the early days of church history, when courageous men and women stood steadfast in their faith and spread the gospel to new lands. This collection of plays dramatizes stories of the first six centuries of Christian history not only in Rome and Carthage but in the countries of Europe as Christianity spread. With plays lasting only 5 to 10 minutes your congregation can be encouraged and challenged by heroes of our faith.
PERPETUA IN THE LION'S DEN takes place in Carthage, an early center of Christianity. There a young Christian woman who has just given birth to a child while imprisoned, is begged by her father to offer a sacrifice to the emperor and spare her life from the lions. How does Perpetua answer her father when he claims there is no hope for her?
VALENTINE'S DAY, 269 A.D.--THE END OF THE BEGINNING is set on that famous day we celebrate: February 14. On that fateful day, Valentine is entreated by the wife of the jailer to acknowledge the emperor as god. Before Valentine is martyred, children in the congregation send Valentine in prison messages of love and encouragement with pictures of Christian symbols such as a cross, a fish, or an anchor. These little notes began our custom of giving Valentine cards to those we love.
ALBAN-FIRST MARTYR OF BRITAIN is a play set at the extreme end of the Roman empire where a small church grew "seeded" by the blood of martyrs. Here Alban, a member of the church, exchanges clothes with leader of the church so the leader can escape with his life. However Alban is caught and is accused of spreading Christianity and becoming the new leader of this illegal cult.
SAINT PATRICK-MISSIONARY TO IRELAND dramatizes how Patrick returns to Ireland after escaping slavery there and entreats the king to eschew vengeance though it is allowed by Irish law. Patrick also teaches the king about the trinity using a common plant of the emerald isles-the three-leaf clover.
SAINT COLUMBA-MISSIONARY TO SCOTLAND takes place 100 years after Saint Patrick goes to Ireland. Columba immigrates to Scotland to spread the gospel but is summoned to appear before the king because his preaching and songs offend the Druid priests. Columba teaches the king about Christianity and how its acceptance would change his life, including freeing of slaves (that became a landmark in early Scottish legal history).
Each of the plays in this collection is short and easy to fit into a church service. With only 2 actors needed for each play, minimal costuming, simple set design, and limited rehearsal time, they are easy to produce. EARLY HEROES OF THE FAITH offers your church live productions that teach about the lives of great men and women who were part of the foundation of Christianity.