Biblical Storytelling Weekly for Advent offers an in-depth journey through Matthew’s exploration of the incarnation, Matthew 1-3, along with suggestions for learning and telling (or reading) the stories.
This is designed as an Advent journey for both biblical storytellers and liturgists who prefer to read! It’s not an introduction to biblical storytelling as such, though we’ll encourage one another to learn parts of the story by heart, as desired. As we delve into Matthew’s Incarnation story together, we’ll explore parts of it which are rarely read in church, and develop skills for either telling or reading it.
In churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary, Advent 2022 begins the year of Matthew, so it’s especially appropriate to explore more of Matthew’s story, the story of the wise men, than usually appears at Epiphany Sunday services.
There will be six discussion board assignments spread over the five weeks, and one-hour Zoom meetings on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. and evenings at 6 p.m. Central time. You may attend either one each week. Attendance at five of the six is required for a certificate. The last event of the course will be the Zooms on Dec. 19.
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 is a United Methodist deacon whose specialty is “digital culture ministry.” Part of her ministry is over a decade of teaching online at BeADisciple. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to all her courses.
Beth serves on the pastoral leadership team of Compassion UMC in Brookfield, IL, a new church plant. Her ministry includes consulting, teaching, and small group leadership; she’s passionate about worship, spirituality and deeper connections with God through the sacraments, Baptism and Holy Communion. She is also an activist for solar energy, interfaith understanding, and eco-sustainability. She shares her passion for all these topics through her classes at BeADisciple.
Digital culture ministry is also about ancient-future worship arts and education styles, especially an emphasis on story; she is an ambassador of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates the NBSI-related Chicago-area biblical storytelling guild. She’s taught biblical storytelling in Cameroon, Bolivia, Haiti, the Philippines, and India as well as across the United States.