Good stories captivate the imagination and attention of a child and provide an
excellent way of getting the Gospel across to them, and in communicating
values and ideas in an easy to understand way. Stories teach about life
and persist in the memory.
Some people are born story-tellers, but others have story telling thrust upon
them. If you are suffering from lack of experience, all you need to
become a good story-teller is a suitable story told in accordance with a few
You can develop a good story-telling ability by practicing and with the
help of God!
Make It Alive!
The don't just read the story, but make it come live because the Bible is real
and true! Make your story descriptive so that the audience can visualise
the story. Know the story by heart and then rehearse it until you can
tell it with confidence. Picture it in your mind to make it real to
A monotonous delivery drains the life from the best story. Aim to know
your story well enough so that you to maximise its dramatic and emotional
appeal. Work out where atmosphere and excitement could be built up by
a pause, or by speeding up your story, or by using a louder and more excited
voice. Suspense can be created by dropping your voice to a hoarse
whisper. While you speak, use your body to act out the story with
gestures and facial expressions.
To be vivid and convincing, your characters need to speak for themselves.
Where possible, use different voices or accents for each of the various
characters. For example you could use a deep loud voice for a giant, or
a timid voice for the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment.
Create interest with historical details and the place setting of the story.
Approach your story from a fresh angle. For example, in the story
of Feeding the Five Thousand, what about telling it from the point of view of
the boy who gave his food to Jesus, or an ant who collected the crumbs!
Visual aids are important too. Today's children expect to see as well as
hear. Use pictures and props, and even dress up as the main character
in your story. Your visual aids could take the form of household objects
mentioned in the story.
For example bring a basket with five long bread rolls and a tin of sardines, and
share them out with the audience at the appropiate time!
Use the Audience!
Include in your story events, people or circumstances that children will relate
to in their lives or in their culture. Involve the children by letting
them make sound effects. For example bangs, crashes, hoof-beats,
telephones, footsteps etc.
Prepare the children beforehand if you want them to participate by letting them
rehearse the sounds or phrases when you say a key word. For example
when the huge fish swallowed Jonah .... "Gloog, Gloog, Gulp, Burp!"
This will make them feel part of your story and help them to remember it.
Pray for God's Annointing!
Story-telling skills improve with practice, so practice often! Finally,
know the story word-perfect so that you can concentrate on driving home the
Pray for God's anointing and tell it for the children's response and action!
The key for results is to be:
Prepared, Prayed-up and Empowered!
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