This story has the heading "Jesus heals a paralytic" in the New
International Version of the Bible but, if you read it carefully, you'll see
that Jesus mainly wants to show the people that he has the authority to
forgive sins by healing the paralysed man.
The pictures on the right of
your screen show the props I built for a sketch about this passage. They were
made of hardboard, each 1200x600mm, or 4ft x 2ft in the old money. The taller
chimney, with the stork, used two bits joined together with a piece of wood.
Other bits of wood were used to keep the chimneys standing up. I made them lean
back a little so there was no risk of them falling over forwards.
stork has no relevance, and I suppose it shouldn't be there really. But I
enjoyed drawing it.
This was a very cheap visual aid - the hardboard was
in the loft and the wood was in the shed. All I needed to buy was a tin of
terracotta emulsion, a red match pot and a black match pot. I had some white
emulsion in the cupboard under the stairs. I made the bricks slightly different
colours by mixing in a bit of white or red or black emulsion with the
terracotta colour. The chimneys were cut out with a jigsaw.
has a modular stage that we assembled in the chancel to raise the roof up a
little. We left a hole in the middle so we could drop things down or pull them
out, as appropriate.
You can download the
sketch. It consists of a load of terrible jokes strung
together to tell the story. If you want to hear it, and the
talk that went with it, it's available on the St James' web
This is the original sketch for the