Reply to "Creative Ways to Read and Discuss the Bible with Children"

In the later weeks of a Rotation, as the regular attenders get more familiar with the scripture, we begin to change up how we read and retell the story.

Here are some ideas that have been gleaned from lessons written by the folks at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church. 

  • Have the kids tell you the story. (This is a great way to see how much they really know.) Have them check their Bibles.
  • Begin the story and let each person in the circle add one line to the story until it is complete. Help them tell the COMPLETE story. (Carol's thought: Or have them each say one word. This is actually hard to do so maybe just try this with older students.)
  • Tell the story back to them with inaccuracies and let them correct you. (especially fun for the younger ones -- but definitely don’t do this until the later part of the Rotation).
  • Have them roughly sketch the story out and then tell it.
  • Have them pantomime the story after hearing it. This can also be turned into a game of "charades."  This helps break down the verses, and remember them.
  • Photocopy the passage (remove verse numbers), cut it up and see if they can put it back together correctly. Let them work in pairs so that less skilled readers are not put on the spot.
  • Hand out slips of paper with key words from the story and ask the kids what they have to do with the story. (Or if appropriate, hand out objects that have something to do with the story.)


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