Bible Storytelling Basics

Storytelling is a vital part of your weekly GA, RA, and CA meetings as you teach children important lessons from the Bible and share amazing stories from people serving on the missions field. It's important to brush up on your storytelling skills from time to time. Let us help you!

As you prepare to tell Bible or mission stories, do the following:

  1. Understand the story. Read and reread the story. Fix the theme of the story in your mind. Read it until it sounds natural.
  2. Imagine the story. Close your eyes and picture the scene where the story takes place. Imagine the scene alive with colors, sounds, smells, and tastes. Put yourself in the place of the main characters. Picture the drama unfolding. Plot out the story's action.
  3. Learn the story. Do not memorize it; tell it like a story. Practice telling yourself the story over and over again. Let your family members or friends critique you.
  4. Tell the story. Open your Bible or your Leader magazine as you begin the story to let your group know where the story is coming from. Tell the story, staying as close to the original as you can. Tell Bible stories in the past tense. Move with the action of the story. When telling Bible stories, let the Bible speak directly to your audience instead of your own interpretation. Do not interrupt the story to explain anything. Discussion time will come later.
  5. Consider your audience. Simplify some words for a child's understanding. For example, instead of saying scribes and Pharisees, call them the religious leaders of the day.
  6. Be yourself. Some storytellers will be more dramatic than others; don't try to be someone you aren't. Tell the story in a way that comes naturally to you and leaves children feeling like they could tell the story, too.
  7. Wrap up the story. Close your Bible or your Leader magazine and let children know the story has ended and it is time for discussion.

 

by Janet Erwin

 

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