Box o’ Grace – a clown ministry skit, for two speaking clowns – courtesy of the Asbury Clown Ministry
JJ: [enters stage, happy, carring fishing pole, whistling. Minnie meets him center stage)
Minnie: JJ, I’m surprised to see you here. Shouldn’t you be at work?
JJ: No, not today, Minnie. Don’t you know what today is?
Minnie: No, what day is it?
JJ: It’s a new holiday … JJ Day!
Minnie: You gave yourself a holiday?
JJ: I thought I deserved it. So, I’m going fishing. I’m the greatest, best fisherman in the world … [notices the box that Minnie carries] Minnie, what are you carrying?
Minnie: Oh, this is my Box o’ Grace.
JJ: Grapes! I love grapes. May I have some?
Minnie: Not grapes, Grace. Like in the Bible. Still want some?
JJ: Sure, if the price is right.
Minnie: For you, today only, this grace is free.
JJ: Free? Nothing’s free anymore. I’ll take it! [takes sign out of box, notices string]
Minnie: Wait, there’s a string attached to that grace. It says you have to be humble. [to audience] Is JJ humble? … No?
JJ: If I wasn’t so great, I could be humble. Let me try again. [pulls 2nd card]
Minnie: Ohhh … another string attached. In order to receive this grace, you need to be a hard worker. [to audience] What do you think? Is JJ a hard worker?? After all, he’s not at work today?
JJ: But its JJ Day! [sobs] Let me try again. [pulls 3rd card]
Minnie: Ooooh, this is a fancy grace … with a string attached. Hmm … unselfish. [to audience] Does that describe JJ?
JJ: [grabs card] Give me that! It’s mine! [looks at card, looks at Minnie, looks at audience, puts down card] Ohhh. May I please try again? [pulls out 4th card]
Minnie: Any string? No attachments? What does it say?
JJ: It says Grace.
Minnie: Wait, there’s more. [opens card, reveals message]
JJ: [reads card aloud] “Grace is a free gift from God … no strings attached.”
Minnie: Is there a lesson here, JJ?
Minnie: Oh boy, is there! [mumbles] I guess it’s not about me, it’s about the Lord.
Minnie: What did you say? We didn’t quite hear you …
JJ: I said, it’s not about me, it’s about the Lord and how much He loves me.
Minnie: That’s right, now do you really think you deserve your own day?
JJ: Naw, but the Lord does.
Minnie: JJ, because you’ve learned your lesson so well, you can have the entire Box o’ Grace, but there’s a string attached.
JJ: What, I thought there weren’t any more strings attached!?!
Minnie: You have to share the Box o’ Grace with someone else.
JJ: Ok! I can pass it on! Now that I have Grace, do you think I’ll catch more fish? [both exit]