October 17, 2019

Kathy Smedley

Westminster Member

“I will open my mouth and tell a story; I will speak about things that were hidden, that happened a long time ago.” Psalm 78:2

Did you know that “learning the sacred stories of Scripture by heart and sharing them with others is both an ancient-future art and a powerful spiritual practice?” -Beth Galbreath

Did you know that for the past two years I have been immersed in a master level certification course in Biblical Storytelling through the Network of Biblical Storytellers’ Academy program? Thank you all for encouraging me as I sat under the teaching of Tracy Radosevic and many other mentors from the Network. These past two years have given me new insights into Scripture, expanded my understanding of it as well as increased my joy in telling it. Some of the things that I have learned include: what Biblical Storytelling is, how it is relevant for the church today, how to internalize stories and learn them by heart (not memorize), how to use non-verbal ways of communication, how to use technology in storytelling and how to coach others as they learn to tell stories.

Did you know that Biblical Storytelling is “a spiritual discipline that entails first committing to deep memory a narrative text of the Hebrew Scriptures or the New Testament and then engaging with it in a lively telling as a sacred event that binds teller and listener in community?" -Network of Biblical Storytellers’ Academy

Did you know that we are no longer “in the ‘print-literate’ culture of the past five hundred years but are in the digital communication culture of the twenty-first century? Digital culture is not just about technology but it includes a re-emphasis on spiritual formation practices." --Beth Galbreath

Did you know that you are also a storyteller? We all tell stories every day...think about Facebook and Instagram. In our digital culture our lives revolve around stories: television, the movies, YouTube.

Did you know that this concert is not my final big project? I will be creating an educational resource for children, parents and their teachers. It will be a vlog/YouTube channel called Off the Page...Into the Heart and will be short clips of teaching children to learn and tell biblical stories. My goal is for the children to tell and to draw other children in as they see stories being told by kids. Children are fascinated by other children especially on YouTube and children are natural storytellers.

Did you know that storytellers need an audience? I invite you to come out this Saturday afternoon at 5 pm to experience this art form and to see and hear the ancient sacred stories brought to life.

“I will open my mouth and tell a story; I will speak about things that were hidden, that happened a long time ago. Things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from our children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD and His might.” ~Psalm 78:2-4