Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Stories key for spiritual growth

This is my favourite website in the area of ministry with children. I have posted this before but it is worth checking out again.

Children's story books are a great way to help children (and adults) explore spiritual themes and ideas emerging from the Bible. There is something very subversive about a really great story book. It is hard to stop listening or to take your eyes off the art. Jesus knew the power of stories and frequently used them to engage his audience.

An excellent resource in this area is a site called Storypath, that can be found at http://storypath.upsem.edu/

Storypath is a very useful resource. There are reviews of children's story books which include a summary, key literary elements explored, a link to scripture and theological ideas and a list of faith talk questions. The book is also categorised according to age, themes and biblical links. This means you have the ability to find books reviewed or suggested for particular books of the Bible. The site also provides story books that link with weekly lectionary readings.

A useful resource for worship or religious education. There is also a section with intergenerational lessons.

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