Are you a Bible Storyteller in your preschool ministry? Do you know just how important you are? You are the one sharing God’s Word with your kids. God’s Word! Words from God!
That’s a pretty big deal if you ask me. I’m not trying to scare you off. I just want you to realize the significance of what you do each Sunday when you stand in front of those preschoolers. We tend to give the most time and effort to things that we place in high significance. Telling the Bible story should be one of them.
Okay, so now that I’ve got your attention (because you now realize what a huge responsibility you have), let’s talk about best practices of a Storyteller. Let’s talk about preparation. In my opinion, the two main keys to preparation are prayer and memorization.
Pray: Pray for the kids’ hearts that will be hearing the Bible story. Pray for their Small Group Leaders. Pray for their parents who will continue the conversation at home. Pray that God will help you as you prepare. Pray that He’ll teach YOU something. Pray that He’ll be honored and glorified.
Memorize: Some of you hate this word. You know why? Either you are not good at it, or you do not think it’s necessary. Let’s tackle the latter excuse first. Memorizing the script is absolutely necessary. Even though you may not think holding an 8.5 by 11-inch sheet of paper in your hands while telling the story is a big deal, it’s actually a pretty big barrier. You never see characters on TV or in a play tell a story with a script in their hand. Mr. Rogers always talked to us like we were right there in the room with him. I doubt he would have had as many friends if we could see him reading his lines.
Tips for memorizing:
- Give yourself more than an hour on Saturday night. Give yourself a few days—a week maybe.
- Read the script over and over again. Take one paragraph at a time. Memorize each one before going on to the next one.
- Are you an auditory learner? Record yourself reading the script and replay it over and over again throughout the week.
- Practice at home in front of the mirror.
- Tell the story to your spouse, kids, roommate, dog, mailman—anyone! Your brain will get it. Remember all those boy band songs from the 90s you’re ashamed you know all the words to? See? You CAN memorize.
You, Bible Storyteller, have a very important role and responsibility. I have no doubt, with a little extra time and effort, you will help make the Bible come alive to your kids. Mr. Rogers would be proud.