Biblical Storytelling Weekly for Lent offers an in-depth journey through Matthew’s death and resurrection stories (from chapters 27 and 28), with coaching for powerfully reading, or telling, the stories.
This is designed as a Lenten journey for both Biblical storytellers and those who prefer to read the Scripture in worship. It’s not an introduction to Biblical storytelling, though participants may learn parts of the story by heart, if desired. Delving into Matthew’s story together, learners will explore parts of it that are rarely read in church, experience its challenges, and develop skills for either telling or reading it “with a storytelling spirit!”
In churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary, 2023 is the year of Matthew, so it’s especially appropriate to be prepared for Easter with Matthew.
The course will begin with introductions on Ash Wednesday. Thereafter, there will be only one weekly discussion board assignment, and one-hour Zoom meetings on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. and evenings at 6 p.m. You may attend either one each week. Attendance at five of the six is required for a certificate. The series ends with a final Zoom on Monday of Holy Week.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries, and 1.0 CEUs are available.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Rev. Beth Galbreath’s “digital culture ministry” includes teaching online at BeADisciple. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to all her courses. She’s passionate about worship, spirituality and deeper connections with God through bringing Scripture to life by Telling by heart and by reading it “in a storytelling spirit.”
Beth serves on the leadership team of Compassion UMC, a new church plant near Chicago. She is an ambassador of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates her biblical storytelling guild. She’s taught biblical storytelling in Cameroon, Bolivia, Haiti, the Philippines, and India as well as the U.S.