Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story

Techniques and tools for exploring the Bible with children and families

Martyn Payne

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The Barnabas Children's Ministry Team's distinctive contribution to the development of creative storytelling in relation to Bible stories is nationally recognised and appreciated by a wide range of Christians from different traditions.

Drawing on the extensive work of the team at special events, in schools and with churches across the UK, Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story contains a wealth of tried and tested ideas designed to lift any Bible story off the page and into the hearts and minds of children and adults.

The resource offers a treasure trove of ideas for opening up a Bible story (the way in), telling the story (the way through) and exploring the meaning of the story (the way out), including suggestions for reflecting on how to apply the story to our lives today.

In addition, there is a selection of over 30 key words or phrases offering ways in which connecting threads might be explored, a suggested year's programme using the Bible stories explored in the book, and a chronological index of all the Bible stories mentioned designed to enable users to find material for a particular children's session, special event, workshop or all-age church service.

Ideal for children's groups or all-age services.

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Author info

Martyn Payne joined the Barnabas team in January 2003, having worked with CMS as National Children's Work Coordinator for several years. Martyn has wide experience of working with schools and churches to explore ways of opening up the Bible with children. Before his time with CMS, Martyn worked for 18 years as a teacher in East London, leading a modern languages department and being involved in the planning, writing and delivery of RE lessons. Martyn is an experienced workshop leader, Godly Play teacher and speaker and has collaborated with children's advisers and education officers in major school, church and family events across the UK. Based in London, he is available to lead Barnabas RE Days in schools, INSET training, churchbased training sessions and workshops, and to help run special events throughout the UK. Martyn is author of Footsteps to the Feast, The People's Bible and The Big Story, all published by Barnabas.


From Church Times - 2 August 2013

Martyn Payne is a storyteller, and brings his considerable experience to the question how to bring a Bible story to life. The first section of Creative Ways to Tell a Bible Story suggests ways to open up our innate inventiveness, using techniques from school and stage. The middle of the book gives numerous ways to tell the story visually, orally, and kinaesthetically. The final third suggests ways to explore further and reflect on the Bible. The book is fun, and Payne is enthusiastic in his promotion of interactive biblical storytelling. I recommend it as a resource for those who lead all-age worship, as well as for teachers and leaders of junior church.

Reviewed by Revd Dana Delap is Assistant Curate of St James and St Basil, Fenham, in the diocese of Newcastle.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857461131
  • Published: 22 March 2013
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
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