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.