Drawing on the art of telling Bible stories to children

Bible stories for kids are worth telling! They are important as they are the living word of the eternal God and therefore important so we know what God has to say to us and the lessons we need to learn. As you read the Bible, you read a message from God Himself.

Often these truths are presented in the form of stories about characters and how they acted in certain circumstances with subsequent consequences such as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Joseph, David and Goliath, Daniel, Jonah, the rich man and Lazarus, Mary and Martha, etc. This allows the listener to connect on a deeper level with the story and consequently think more about the implication of its teaching.

Jesus taught primarily in the form of parables that were short allegorical stories, taking examples from nature or modern social life. One of the reasons Jesus did this was that a specific and colorful story based on the details of everyday life would remain impressed with the memory for many years, and through contemplating it the person would come to an understanding of the wisdom Jesus conveyed. Well-known parables include the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son, the wise and bad builders, and the rich farmer. All of these include the elements of a good story – an environment, interesting characters, a challenge and a resolution.

Children love Bible stories. Teachers are aware of this and often receive catalogs of resources and books containing titles of Bible stories for children. Instead of always reading from books, the story of the Bible stories is changed.

Storytelling has been around for as long as people have been doing it, not just as a way to entertain, but to pass on information to teach the young and change their minds, because a good story changes the people who hear it. Many people do not perform to the extent that stories influence our behavior and shape our culture. Our own lives are made up of stories. Stories are especially effective in influencing the way children think and behave because they like to hear them over and over again. Stories create an emotional connection, and they provide a wealth of concrete examples of behaviors that help children make sense of their lives. Children’s imagination is stimulated and through it they build a mental image that quotes the story in their minds.

As teachers and Sunday school teachers, we can benefit from this through good storytelling about the plethora of stories we have in the Bible, which brings young minds the meaning of their teachings. There are advanced Bible pictures available to help with this, which will greatly improve your storytelling and capture your audience.