Down by the Station, the Train Driver (that is the program leader)
takes the children on a train ride to Mary MacDonald's Farm. Here they
meet Mary MacDonald (another adult leader) and her lamb, Woolly (a puppet
or soft toy - see our Woolly on the right!) and it is through Mary and her
care of Woolly that the children see a picture of the Good Shepherd,
albeit, a modern version.
The dramas used in this program have been
based on a series of lessons on the Good Shepherd, Psalm 23 and
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However, in using these dramas I have made a few changes. Because
the dramas are the intellectual property of Carolyn Warvel, the creator of
Danielle's Place, I am not able to give the exact changes I made
in the programs. And because I (Train Driver) was working with the
character of Mary (played by a good friend), we mainly adlibbed (though
this was planned and practiced!) in order to create natural conversation,
rather than following a highly scripted drama. Below is a summary of
the things we did in order to bring to life the dramas, the characters of
Mary and Woolly (who was really merely a stuffed toy though dearly loved!)
and the message of a Heavenly Father who loves little children very much.
- Danielle's Place has the dialogues occurring between the
lesson teacher and Woolly, the puppet. In Down by the Station,
the dialogues occurred between the Train Driver and Mary. Mainly,
Mary described the children the things that Woolly was doing. We
also did not want to personify Woolly but recognise that she was merely
- We simplified some of the ideas given in the original dramas,
recognising that our audience was slightly younger than the target group
in the original lessons.
- We also fitted the drama around the songs we sang, moving between
drama and singing songs (though these were chosen to enhance the telling
of the story).
- In Lesson Five, the character Woolly pretends to be is a train
driver, in keeping with our week's theme (this was the only time we
deviated a little from not personifying Woolly - though Mary took
responsibility for the pretence!).
- In Lesson Six, we used the names Goodness and Love as we had based
the program on the New International Readers Version (NIrV) of Psalm 23.
- It is vital for the success of the message that children be allowed
to interact with Woolly - let them touch, hold and pat Woolly during and
after the program. Children of this age connect very well to the
characters of Mary and Woolly (Clementine, a few months after the
program, still talks of both fondly!). It is in doing this that the
children gain a glimpse of the love of a Heavenly Father for someone as
little as them.