Book of the Month: June 2013

Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story: Techniques and Tools for exploring the Bible with Children and Families by Martin Payne (2013)Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story: Techniques and Tools for exploring the Bible with Children and Families by Martin Payne (2013)

Jesus chose storytelling as a way to share deep ideas with adults, children and young people; His stories prompted questions and lots of thinking. We read Bible stories to children to share the good news; this book will help you to be a better story teller.

Martin Payne, a member of the Barnabas Children’s Ministry Team, is a very experienced storyteller in both church and school settings with children and adults. His experience shows in this excellent book of ideas that bring 68 bible stories to life for all ages.

When we share a Bible story we want children to know the story, understand the message of the story and think about how it might apply to them, but most importantly we want them to engage with the story. Martin offers many ways to do this using all the senses and imagination.

The book is divided into three sections. In section one there are excellent ideas on how to engage with the story. For example: building bridges from the present back to the story to bring it out from the past and make it relevant today.

In section two Martin concentrates on making the stories from the bible as accessible as possible and whatever your personal style you will find something here that you will feel able to try.  You might have tried acting out the story, but how about walking through the story and telling it on the move?

The final section contains ways to reflect on the story, a crucial part of the process, and Martin makes it so much more than questions to check whether they listened.

This book is a fantastic tool for all storytellers whether you tell Bible stories in church, Sunday School, collective worship or messy church.

Reviewed by Barbara Meardon, Adviser for Work with Children and Families in Salisbury Diocese.

Published by the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), ‘Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story’ is normally priced at £8.99.  Mention Sarum College website to order a copy at the special price of £7.99 and POST FREE until June 30th 2013.

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