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Captivate your church's children through storytelling

An essay by Dr. John Timmer published by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship discusses the magical effect of the words, "Once upon a time…" on children. When you invite children to hear stories of their faith, they are able to grasp the subtle meanings of the lessons in ways that little minds can understand, and they feel a part of worship and connected with their faith community. Timmer, former pastor and author who writes about sharing with children through stories, offers practical how-tos and ideas about how to initiate a story, the importance of vocabulary, how to inject humor, how to present stories, how to let children interpret the story’s meaning, and how to close the children’s story time. Stories are a great way to connect with children and bring them closer to God.

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