The magic of storytelling
In honour of National Storytelling Week, we’ve put together a list of resources for those of you hoping to share your stories of faith, the Bible and God with the children in your life, whether you’re a parent, carer, grandparent, or family minister.
Learn more about the power of storytelling in this recent Parenting for Faith update written by Becky Sedgwick, Local Parenting for Faith Coordinator.
Comfort in the Darkness features 16 stories from the Bible for you to share with children at night-time. Each story covers a different aspect of who God is in the night and what he does while we sleep and dream. As well as Bible stories and prayers, the book also features questions which encourage talking about the truths of each story.
Enjoy sharing all your favourite Bible stories with My First Bible, featuring beautiful and bold illustrations by Gillian Chapman. This book is suitable for reading aloud to very young children or for independent readers between four and six years.
The BRF Ideas Hub provides free ideas for Sunday and midweek children’s groups and material for all-age worship, including ideas and resources to incorporate storytelling into your sessions. Some of the subjects and stories covered include Palm Sunday, the story of Zacchaeus, Acts 1—12 and more.
Visit the Ideas Hub.
A well-told story rarely fails to attract and hold an audience, and stories can sometimes be more engaging than sermons in the context of all-age services. Martyn Payne’s Messy Parables offers 25 retellings of Jesus’ parables for Messy Churches or all-age services, storytelling tools and suggestions, as well as prayer ideas.