Posts Tagged "Storytelling"

The Play That Doesn’t Work

imageI’m way behind in updating this site for articles I publish over on the Ministry-to-Children.com site. So, here is another synopsis of an article which I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com.  The article titled HERE’S AN EASY WAY TO TEACH BIBLE STORIES TO CHILDREN was published on May 10, 2010.

Brief Synopsis

This article goes over a technique that allows you to retell any Bible story over and over again while the kids in your class have a great time learning it. 

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The Importance of Storytelling With Children

Time for another Ministry-to-Children.com article synopsis. My article published today on Ministry-to-Children.com is titled Is Storytelling Really That Important?.

Brief Synopsis

This article was prompted by story time each night with my almost three-year-old son. It examines the importance of storytelling to kids particularly when it comes to teaching them about the Bible. The Bible is, after all, the greatest story ever told. Part of conveying a sense of excitement about the Bible lies in helping kids to understand their part in God’s story!

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#44 – Read To Them (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

Many people think of reading stories to kids as something you do in the nursery or preschool classes.  They reject it as an effective means for teaching elementary aged kids.  The fact of the matter is that most kids like stories, and they like to be read to.  I wouldn’t want to read them a book every weekend, but it is an effective means to break up your lessons a little bit by mixing in a week every now and then where you pull up a chair or sit on the floor and just read them a story.

There are some great books out there that I turn to from time to time for use in children’s ministry.  One of my favorites is The Jesus Storybook Bible which made #2 in my list of the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  Combining great storytelling with compelling images, this book is perfect for captivating kids and will be a great resource for your children’s minsitry.  The biggest problem I have when I use it is that I find the kids crowding in trying to take in every picture and every word.  I read it to my kids at home (ranging from age 2 to almost 9), and they all love it.  Of course, there are also other great kids’ storybook bibles out there that you can read from.

Of course, the classic book that you should read from every week is the Bible.  Frankly, this one should be a bit of a “no brainer.”  Our lessons should be taken directly from God’s Word, so why not read the verses you are teaching from to the kids you are teaching?  Don’t just tell them what’s in the book, read it to them so they can see it for themselves.  Reading from the Bible, in addition to whatever else you do in your lesson, should build excitement about God’s Word in their hearts.

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#41 – Step Into The Story (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

Storytelling is a vital part of teaching.   There is no quicker way to lose the attention of a group of kids than to just stand up and read them a story.  Stories were not meant to be just read – they were meant to be told!  One tip I picked up from some of the books I’ve read on the subject is to make yourself part of the story.  As you’re telling the kids a story, whether it be from the Bible or some other source, step in and out of the story and become one of the characters.  Take on that character’s personality, accent and mannerisms.  If you’re telling the story of Jesus walking on the water, become Peter when you get to the part of the story  where he asks the Lord to allow him to walk on water.  Express his amazement as he walks on water and his despair and fear as he starts to sink.  As you step into and out of the story, there is no need to announce that you are doing it (as in, “if I were Peter I would say…”).  If your storytelling is effective, the kids will recognize what you are doing without ever missing a beat.  Stepping into the story is one of many ways you can make your storytelling more effective and engaging.  It’s also one of the simplest ways.

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Shaped By The Story

Anyone who had read some of the articles on this site will recognize that one of my passions in Children’s Ministry is finding ways to get children excited about the Bible.  I want them to read it.  I want them to absorb it.  I want them see how it applies to their lives.  I want the Bible to some alive for them.  I want them to hunger for more. I am constantly striving to find new and better ways to achieve that goal.

In last month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (January 2010) I featured a couple of blog posts from   Amy Dolan (Shaped by Story) and  Henry Zonio (Stepping Into the Story) about an article written by Amy Dolan called “Shaped By Story” and published in the January/February issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine.  In the article Amy Dolan looks at a “new” method of conveying Bible stories developed by Michael Novelli and discussed in his book Shaped by the Story: Helping Students Encounter God in a New Way.  I have not yet read Mr. Novelli’s book, but after reading Ms. Dolan’s article I will certainly add it to my reading list.

I was drawn in by the very first paragraph of Ms. Dolan’s article:

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