TheStoryVoice Project Bible Videos

2021
Contact Elsie for permission to obtain these story videos.

Over 30 years ago, commissioned by her church in Winnipeg to find a curriculum for the children that would nurture faith formation, Elsie attended a training event with Sonja M. Stewart. During that week, Bible stories came to life for her as they were told with wooden figures on a felt underlay or in the desert box. She received a gift so precious she couldn’t keep it to herself. And so, in 1989, she set out to create a children’s worship centre based on Young Children and Worship by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.

In 1996 her family moved to Calgary and, in time, she began creating another worship centre for the children there. For the past 10 years she has told stories to the preschool class at Foothills Mennonite Church almost every Sunday. She says that there was "such an emptiness" last fall due to COVID-19. "The joyful weekly connection of young children and loving adults, talking, touching, singing, laughing, praying and exploring Bible stories together was gone. Our Sunday morning experience had disappeared. How would we stay connected? A new idea started percolating and I began recording Bible stories and sharing them with the whole congregation through our weekly community connection email."

Then she was asked if she would share the stories more widely. She received conditional permission from the publisher to share her videos. If you would like to find out how to access these stories, please contact Elsie directly.

Examples of her biblical stories told with the technique using small wooden figures and simple backdrop (of fabric or sand):
  • Jesus the Light
  • The Good Shepherd
  • On the Way to Bethlehem – a five part Christmas story
  • The Boy Jesus in the Temple
  • Jesus is Baptized
  • Jesus in the Wilderness
  • Jesus is Risen
  • Pentecost
  • Abram and Sarai

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