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Retelling the Story of Holy Week

One of the best ways to help children learn our faith stories is to encourage them to retell the stories in their own way. They might act them out, use puppets and/or small toy figures, draw a cartoon strip, or even produce a video. Whatever method you use it is important to encourage the children to use their own words as this makes the story come alive for them. I have also found that I can learn a lot from the children’s retelling. They might emphasize some detail that I have missed, or provide some humorous observation that invites me to look at the story differently. It also helps me recognize any gaps in the children’s knowledge.

Listed below are links to some videos of children retelling the story of Holy Week. Take some time to listen to the children’s version of what happened to Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Do they help you see the story differently?

Children retelling the story in their own words.

Using drama

With drawings

With Lego (very funny in places)

It is obvious that some of these videos were scripted and produced with the help of adults, but they still provide a lively retelling. I would encourage you ask the children in your church to retell the story of Holy Week and Easter in their own way. Perhaps older children might enjoy producing a video that can be shared with others.

Wishing you every blessing in this Holy Week.

Sharon Harding

About Sharon Harding

I was born in England and immigrated to Canada almost 30 years ago. A graduate of Gloucestershire University (B.Ed.), I have been involved in children’s ministry since I was 16. Over the past 12 years I have written for a variety of Christian Education curriculum resources. I also write a blog at encouraging parents to build strong connections with their children. When I am not working I enjoy painting, reading, and pottering around the Internet.

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2 Responses to Retelling the Story of Holy Week

  1. Sharon, these videos make me wish I were a kid in your Sunday School class! I find the Lego especially helpful. Another Lego-based resource worth sharing is The Brick Testament. Don’t ask me how Smith had the time to do it, but he has retold many Bible stories using Lego (with a helpful rating system to help you judge the suitability of the pictorial stories).

    I notice, too, that he has now published a book. Both could be quite useful (and time-saving) in your story telling!

  2. Sharon Harding

    Ohh I had totally forgotten about the Brick Testament- thanks for the reminder. Perhaps you could incorporate story telling into your adult Bible studies. Why should the kids have all the fun 🙂

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