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Bible storytelling workshops to be offered during missions conference

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Stories have long been used to teach lessons from the Bible, both in sermons and in Sunday School classes.

But sometimes the storyteller’s commentary muddles the message.

This year’s Global Mission Celebration, sponsored by the Kilpatrick and Hephzibah Baptist Associations, will feature a Bible storytelling workshop presented by retired missionaries Jack and Doris Day.

The workshops, which will be held at Reformation Retreat at Christ Baptist Church in North Augusta, will teach pastors, teachers and missionaries how to study Bible stories and tell them in a such a way that listeners can easily retell them to their family and friends.

“Sometimes we need to let the Bible speak for itself,” said John Prater, a member of Christ Baptist Church who attended one of the Days’ workshops last year.

“(Jack Day) kind of coaches you through telling the story in a relaxed way, interesting way,” he said.

The daylong workshops March 27-28 are for pastors, church staff and missionaries. Anyone else interested in learning how to tell Bible stories is invited to attend the March 29 workshop.

The celebration will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 27 and 28 and at 6 p.m. March 30 at Hillview Baptist Church in Graniteville. Area churches including Christ Baptist, Sweetwater Baptist, Eureka Baptist and Mid-Valley Baptist are participating. Other churches and denominations are also invited to participate, Prater said.

Prater is a former pastor and a local representative of Gospelink, one of several missionary organizations that will participate in Global Mission Celebration, along with Honduras Outreach International, Gospel for Asia and The International Link.

Jack Day, who was a missionary in Brazil with his wife, will speak at the celebration. Different missionary organizations will be highlighted each night with short video presentations. Organizations are also invited to set up displays in the church’s fellowship hall.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Global Mission Celebration

WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. March 27-28, 6 p.m. March 30

WHERE: Hillview Baptist Church, 1974 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Graniteville

DETAILS: Jack Day will speak and various mission organizations will be highlighted through video; informational displays will be in place in the fellowship hall

COST: Free

LEARN MORE: Call (706) 833-8574, e-mail jprater@gospelink.org or visit hbakbamissions.org.

WHAT: Preaching with Storytelling workshop

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 27-28

WHERE: Reformation Retreat at Christ Baptist Church, 770 W. Five Notch Road, North Augusta

DETAILS: Retired missionaries Jack and Doris Day will teach pastors, church staff and missionaries how to break down and engagingly tell Bible stories

COST: $40, includes the book Storytelling with Preaching, snacks and lunch; register at hbakbamissions.org

WHAT: Teaching Bible Studies workshop

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 29

WHERE: Reformation Retreat at Christ Baptist Church, 770 W. Five Notch Road, North Augusta

DETAILS: Bible storytelling workshop open to anyone interested in learning to tell Bible stories; Jack Day will facilitate a workshop for those who teach youth and adults; Doris Day will facilitate a workshop for those who teach children.

COST: $40, includes the books Guidelines for Storytelling and Mini Bible Storytelling Tract, snacks and lunch; register at hbakbamissions.org


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