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Echo the Story 12

Experience the Bible in a new way

An imaginative way to engage in the Bible using storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue.

Echo the Story 12

Scope and Sequence

Echo the Story 12 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 12 in the grid below, or by downloading the full Scope and Sequence (119KB, PDF).

Genesis 1–3
Genesis 3–9
The Promise
Genesis 12–13; 15–18; 21
Exodus 1–5; 7–15
Exodus 19–20; 24–25; 31–32; 34; 40
Judges & Kings
Numbers 14; 22; Joshua 11; Judges 2–3; 17; 21;
1 Samuel 8–9; 13–18; 22–23; 26; 31;
2 Samuel 5; 7–8; 11–12;
1 Kings 14
1 Kings 3–5; 8–14;
2 Kings 17; 24–25;
2 Chronicles 7; 36; Amos 3–5; 7;
Jeremiah 18; 23; 29; 31;
Ezekiel 36; Ezra 1–2; Nehemiah 4; 6
Luke 1–3; Matthew 1–3; Mark 1; John 1
Matthew 8–9; Mark 2; 4; Luke 4–5; John 5
God’s Kingdom
Matthew 5; 12–13; 18; 20; 22; Mark 2;10;
Luke 11; 13–14; 17
Matthew 26–28; Luke 19; 22–24; John 11; 15
The Church
Acts 1–2

How it works

Each session follows a six-part sequence for participants
to encounter the Bible in a variety of ways:

1. Rewind

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.

2. Prepare

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.

3. Imagine

The leader reads the Bible story aloud. A carefully crafted narrative script of the story is provided in the Leader Guide.

4. Capture

After a quiet moment of reflection, participants capture any aspects of the story that stood out to them in their Sketch Journals.

5. Remix

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.

6. Connect

The leader encourages participants to share their observations and insights from the story. A set of intentional questions is provided in the Leader Guide.

Why choose Echo the Story 12?

Twelve key Bible stories that connect with savvy youth

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.

Quick lesson preparation

The Echo the Story 12 Leader Guide is easy to follow, includes everything necessary to facilitate a session, and allows everyone (including leaders) to learn together.

Honest dialogue and collaborative interpretation

Echo the Story 12 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.

Experiential biblical overview

Youth learn in many different ways and Echo the Story 12 embraces different learning styles. The sessions deliver an overview of the Bible and guide participants to connect the stories to their own lives.

Youth sit up and take notice

Similar to the re:form curriculum, Echo the Story 12 engages youth to experience and respond to the story in their unique way, and empowers them to deepen faith while finding community among peers.

View samples, purchase Echo the Story 12 resources, or learn more about Bible storying
in Echo creator Michael Novelli's book Shaped by the Story.

What people say about Echo the Story 12

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!

Bryan, student

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.

Jessica, parent

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