Readers’ Theatre example
Stage 2 , “Mary, Woman, Mother and Disciple”
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Reader 1: Every year, Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival.
Reader 2: And when Jesus was twelve years old, they all went there as usual for the celebration.
Reader 3: After the Passover celebration, Joseph and Mary prepared to leave with everyone else
who was going back to Nazareth.
Mary: Come on Jesus, we’re going home now. Make sure you’re with our family and friends as
we go back home to Nazareth.
Jesus: Okay Mum, I’ll be there in a minute.
Reader 1: But Jesus was so interested in the Scriptures that he forgot what he was supposed to
do and wandered back to the temple instead.
Reader 2: At the end of that day, the travellers going back to Nazareth stopped to eat. Mary went
to find Jesus for dinner. She looked everywhere but couldn’t find him. She began to
Mary: Joseph, I can’t find Jesus. Do you know where he is? Quick, we need to look.
Reader 3: Joseph began to sing out to everyone.
Joseph: We can’t find Jesus. Has anyone seen him?
Reader 1: Jesus couldn’t be found anywhere, so Mary and Joseph decided that they would have
to go back to Jerusalem to look for him.
Joseph: He’s not here Mary… he must have stayed in Jerusalem. We must go back to find him.
Mary: Why would he stay there Joseph? I don’t understand. He knew we were leaving. I am so
worried. I pray to God that he is okay.
Reader 2: So Mary and Joseph set off to return to Jerusalem to find Jesus.
Reader 3: When they arrived at Jerusalem they couldn’t find Jesus. They looked in the streets.
They looked in the markets…but he was nowhere to be found. They looked for three
days. Now Joseph and Mary were really worried. Mary began to cry.
Mary: Joseph, what shall we do? I am so worried. What will we do if we can’t find him? Dear
God, please help us to find Jesus.
Joseph: I know Mary, I am worried too. I believe that God will help us find Jesus. Let’s go and
look in the Temple.
Reader 1: So they went to the Temple and there to their surprise was their son, sitting and
listening to the teachers and asking them questions. He was learning to be a rabbi
and it was very important that he knew his Scriptures.
Reader 2: Everyone in the Temple was so surprised at how much Jesus knew and the answers he
gave. This was an amazing young boy, the people thought.
Reader 3: Mary and Joseph were relieved, but also upset that they had suffered so much worry
and that Jesus had let this happen.
Mary: Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been very worried, and we
have been searching for you.
Jesus: Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I would be in my father’s
Reader 1: Mary and Joseph did not know what Jesus meant by this.
Reader 2: Jesus travelled back to Nazareth with his parents and he always did what they asked
of him. Mary could not stop thinking about what happened in Jerusalem.
Reader 3: Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the