For the 2014-2015 program year, Stories & Rituals will focus on the narrative of the Bible. This new resource, "The Bible in Broad Strokes," will have the same components of our spring 2014 lessons, but will explore the big ideas and themes of faith through specific stories in Scripture. During the fall semester, groups will explore the Old Testament and the Gospels, starting with the story of Creation and leading up to the birth of Jesus.
Each lesson will have the following components:
- Opening Activity
- Community Builder (a game or other team-building activity tied to the lesson)
- A re-telling of the assigned Scripture text through storytelling
- Guided discussion on the "big ideas" of the story
- Ritual that connects the themes of the story to the participants' life
- Additional Activity and time-filler ideas
- Closing Activity and Prayer
Each lesson will also include comprehensive materials lists, instructions for setting up activities, and background for leaders on the big ideas and themes in each text.
The Scope & Sequence for Fall 2014 is now available for you to download and view. Our goal is to have the first eighteen lessons ready for release by mid-June. The final half of the lessons (for spring 2015) will be released in mid-November for use beginning in January. We should have the second Scope & Sequence for you early in the fall semester.
As with our lesson plans before, each one will be designed so that groups can either do the whole lesson together, or pick and choose certain parts of the lesson to do at different times. The lessons will not be dated, so groups have the freedom to cover the lessons that they wish, although we suggest going through the lessons in order so participants see how individual stories are connected in the Biblical narrative over the course of the year.
You can download the Scope & Sequence for Fall 2014 below. For more information and to look at our spring lesson archives, visit the Stories & Rituals page. You can also contact Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We look forward to sharing this resource with you in the upcoming weeks!
Has your group used Stories & Rituals this spring? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!