Storytelling ideas

Creative ideas to help leaders with their storytelling time in Messy Church.

The Lost Sheep website

I met Andrew the creator of Cecil the Lost Sheep when I was in Australia last and just love his stuff. Try the free download of the storytelling kit and you’ll see how well it fits into the Messy Church ethos – quirky fun for adults and for children. The books are available in the UK from Wesley Owen, Eden or your local Christian bookshop.

Flash cards telling the whole Bible story

From Richard Shrimpton, Horsley Village Church Yesterday before telling the story I used a great resource that the children loved: digital Flash Cards on a laptop. There's nothing new about the concept of flash cards but these are available to download as PowerPoint presentations from The Bible Curriculum website. The flash cards tell the whole Bible in 30 images giving a really clear overview of God's big story and helps children understand the chronology of the Bible.

Knit your own Bible

by Anne Le Bas Our local school was looking for resources to go in story bags which would help children to explore Biblical stories. It was easy to find Nativity and Noah's Ark toys and figures, but difficult to find anything else. A couple of us from our our church therefore devised knitting patterns for Bible character glove puppets, and gave out the patterns to anyone in the church who liked to knit.