We are a people full of stories. Stories help us create meaning, make sense of our world, and develop identity. Stories are how some of the greatest teachers, including Jesus of Nazareth, shared their message and showed the path of a faithful life. This series of Godly Play and Faith & Play stories about the life and ministry of Jesus can be used during the time leading up to Easter, and are for viewing with meeting communities or sharing at home. While the style of this storytelling is often associated with programs for children, we all need and yearn for stories. These are for all of us at any age!
The videos could be shown over Zoom for adult or youth religious education, or the link shared for a discussion series. For our children, offering these stories in a way that is open to wonder and continuing revelation supports biblical literacy and nurtures exploration of Quaker faith and its Christian roots.
The six videos are offered as a way to come close to the stories in this time of year and wonder about their significance to us on our spiritual paths.
Parable of the Good Shepherd
A Godly Play telling of a parable, weaving together language in Psalm 23 and verses in John 10.
The Woman at the Well
Adapted from John 4:1-42. A story about strangers, grace, the living waters, and sharing messages.
The Parable of Great Pearl
From Matthew 13:45–46, an exploration of what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.
Living the Ways of the Spirit
A story about Friends’ testimonies and their spiritual roots in the ministry of Jesus.
The Faces of Easter
The story of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and ministry from birth to death, and the hope to know him in new ways.
An Easter Story for Friends
Written for Friends, an Easter story that explores the power of God’s love.