Welcome to Prairie Wind Guild, a group of folks in the Chicago-Northern Illinois-Lake Michigan area who are passionate about learning by heart and telling sacred stories. Prairie Wind Guild is associated with the Network of Biblical Storytellers International.
Come experience the Story!
Prairie Wind Guild tellers will present epic tellings of
Stories from Mark at three churches during Lent.
March 16: Heritage Presbyterian Church in Carol Stream, 4:00 p.m.
March 23: St. Paul Lutheran in Villa Park, 3:00 p.m.
March 30: Wheaton Christian Reformed Church in Wheaton, 5:00 p.m.
The Festival Gathering is four days (August 6-9) of engaging, thought-provoking keynote programs, storytelling workshops for all levels of experience (from beginners to master storytellers), networking and the spontaneous joy that just seems to happen naturally when storytellers get together!
Our keynote speaker for 2014 is Vicki Garvey, a marvelous Christian Educator from Chicago. Vicki will help us explore new and exciting ways to teach the greatest story ever told in an increasingly complex era.
Stories from Mark runs about 90 minutes or so. Admission is free; an offering will be received to support the guild and scholarships for the Network of Biblical Storytellers Festival Gathering - see next story at right>>>
The Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int'l. is an ecumenical community that is accepting, joyful, and committed to the Bible and its stories. Prairie Wind Guild is an associated guild of the network.
Scholarships for Festival Gathering
OK, we admit it - it costs money to go to FG. Prairie Wind Guild folks help keep the price down by carpooling where possible, and sharing rooms. There is also help available. NBS itself offers scholarships for young adults (18-35) and folks with an international connection. That leaves most of us out!
So this year PWG is offering several $200 scholarships for anyone who wants to attend. This is one thing we raise money for with our epic tellings! The registration form is here.
New this year: A special track for children and young teens - activities, fun and a chance for their folks to participate in the rest of FG! A few spaces are still available. Email Ellen at NBS HQ to inquire.
Our featured storyteller for 2014 is Vanora Franklin Legaux, a long time, story loving, storytelling native of New Orleans. Vanora is Past President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.
Don't give up something for Lent - take up Biblical Storytelling!
Lent is a great time to start or continue a spiritual discipline, and PWG coordinator Rev. Beth Galbreath will be teaching biblical storytelling every Sunday afternoon of Lent, March 9 - April 6, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., at Hinsdale United Methodist Church.
We'll be learning the basic techniques of learning and telling by heart, using four biblical stories. On March 30, we'll be taking a "field trip" to the epic telling in Wheaton (see story above). This format is especially good for helping you form a team at your church, since it will demonstrate a model you can use for teaching others. Come by yourself, or bring your whole team. Only $35/person.