This companion volume to An Idle Tale Becomes Good News provides twenty lessons for young people based on the same texts. Each message tells a brief story that children can easily identify with, then relates that story to the scriptural narrative. Concise talking points and questions are included to help presenters clearly make the connection for their young listeners.
Elaine Ward passionately believes that it is vital for children to hear the good news of God's love through the Lenten stories of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In this companion volume to "An Idle Tale Becomes Good News" (also available from CSS Publishing Company), Ward shares her gift for communicating with young people through twenty stories based on specific phrases or objects related to Jesus' ministry in his final days or in his resurrection appearances. Each message tells a captivating tale in easily understood language, then invites children to enter the sacred story by connecting it with the scriptural narrative. Brief talking points and questions are included to help presenters clearly make the link for their young listeners.
- The Wasted Ointment
- The Warning Dream
- The Misdirected Tears
- The Torn Curtain
- The Idle Tale
... and many more
Elaine M. Ward is a storyteller/writer/preacher who has spent a lifetime as a lover of literature, "good news," and children. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and Lancaster Theological Seminary, and served for twenty years as Minister of Children at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Now a resident of Austin, Texas, Ward is the author of "Asking For Wonder," "And The Sea Lay Down," and "Story Time At The Altar" (CSS), as well as "Love In A Lunchbox: Poems And Parables For Children's Worship "(Abingdon).