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An imaginative way to engage in the Bible using storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue.
Echo the Story is a 12-session overview of the Bible for youth. The complete Echo the Story experience helps participants discover meaning and identity in the biblical narrative using a DVD, participant Sketch Journal, and detailed Leader Guide. See the sessions in Echo the Story in the grid below, or by downloading the full Scope and Sequence (119KB, PDF).
The Story So Far video engages participants to briefly share something with a friend. Then, the video shows a fast-paced, animated review of the previous sessions’ stories.
Participants draw a version of the story symbol in their Sketch Journals. Then, the leader helps to create a reflective environment and encourages imaginative listening.
The leader reads the Bible story aloud. A carefully crafted narrative script of the story is provided in the Leader Guide.
After a quiet moment of reflection, participants capture any aspects of the story that stood out to them in their Sketch Journals.
The story is read aloud again, by someone of an opposite gender. During this telling, participants complete an activity that helps them to retell part of the Bible story in their own creative way.
The leader encourages participants to share their observations and insights from the story. A set of intentional questions is provided in the Leader Guide.
The curriculum guides participants to explore 12 Bible stories from the beginning of the Bible all the way through the early church. Each of the one-hour sessions can be used on a weekly schedule, or combined for a youth retreat.
The Echo the Story Leader Guide is easy to follow, includes everything necessary to facilitate a session, and allows everyone (including leaders) to learn together.
Echo the Story provides a guided experience for curious teens to wonder, reflect, and seek meaning that applies to their lives. Youth explore faith and interpret scripture together.
Michael Novelli, founder of Echo the Story, facilitates educational workshops to equip leaders to lead group participants in the Echo the Story process, which includes Bible storytelling.
Youth learn in many different ways and Echo the Story embraces different learning styles. The sessions deliver an overview of the Bible and guide participants to connect the stories to their own lives.
Similar to the re:form curriculum, Echo the Story engages youth to experience and respond to the story in their unique way, and empowers them to deepen faith while finding community among peers.
The stories make you really think. Forget what you think you know. Listen like you haven’t heard it before. You will see things you have never seen before!
I loved how the stories and questions made the students think beyond just the stories they have known since childhood… Almost every time we met, the discussion would lead to some really deep thoughts and questions. The challenge was great.
Sharry, group leader
My son has been learning about the Bible at home and school his entire life. He has learned more from these stories about God than from anywhere else.