Storytelling tips: ‘The seven steps of preparation’

You can use the following exercise to teach other children’s workers how they can prepare themselves to tell a new Bible story using the following seven steps. If you follow the seven steps you will experience the story first hand and you'll discover that the re-telling of the Bible story will be quite easy.

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Good preparation leads to great storytelling

Give all the children’s workers a hand-out of the Bible story in Mark 4: 35 - 41 


Mark 4:35-41  New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”


The seven steps of preparation
Step 1
- Ask one of the children’s workers to read the passage out loud.

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