How We Tell the Story Makes a Difference

August 19, 2014
Lifelong Formation

Today’s guest blogger is Cindy Spencer, Faith Formation Hub: Children and Family Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. She also serves on the Lifelong Formation Advisory Council.

Story is a Defining Aspect of Our Humanity

storytimeMost days I love the stage of life my children are in right now – independent (mostly), thriving, learning to live with their own choices, able to feed themselves when necessary and operate the washing machine!

But on rainy days like today, I really miss younger days, when we would curl up with a good book, and lose ourselves together in story. Or we would light a fire in the fireplace, and sit near it with hot cocoa and take turns telling our own stories – stories we made up, stories we loved, stories about our day, family stories, Bible and faith stories.

To me, story is a defining aspect of our humanity. The ways in which we share our stories and interpret and reinterpret them over time shapes the person we become. Stories help our children become resilient – through story they learn how to handle hardship, loss, setbacks. They learn in story that new endings are always being added – that how we tell the story makes a difference in where we end up.

For the past year or so, the Children’s Chapel team at Saint Mark’s has been using a wonderful online resource called “Storypath,” which helps us connect the themes from the Sunday scripture readings to contemporary children’s literature. We often (although not always) choose one of these books to share in Children’s Chapel, and send these book recommendations home for families. I commend it to your good use in your parish or your home!

What resources do you use in your community to share the Christian story?