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.
Prairie Wind Guild members' calendars are filling up fast. If your church would like to host an epic telling of The Gospel of Mark, Stories from Mark, or Elijah, stories of Elijah and John the Baptist, now is the time to email Beth Galbreath to set a date. At this point we're talking about after-Christmas dates, which will be here before we know it!
Remember, it costs your church nothing up front to arrange a delightful evening or afternoon of experiencing Scripture as it was originally told! We ask only for an offering at the event to support the work of PWG.
The Gospel of Mark runs about 2 hours 15 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission. Stories from Mark can be shorter, and Elijah runs 90 minutes.
For a shorter, individual telling in worship or a special event, or for a workshop or story-based retreat, contact a PWG teller directly for information about dates and costs (Click Connect with PWG or Find a Teller at right.)
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Three PWG tellers, Linda Braggs, Sharon Davis and Beth Galbreath, traveled to the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill in October to participate in the NBS Canada Festival. What a great time that was! Watch for it next year.
Beth, Sharon and Linda participate in the epic telling from Luke at the Canada NBS festival.
Winter online biblical storytelling classes
Biblical Storytelling 1 , a two-week online basic class in biblical storytelling, begins February 3, 2014. In this class there is a daily assignment, but you log in and post your work when it's convenient for you.
Cameroon, the Philippines and Bolivia
PWG member Sharon Davis, who organized the NBS (Network of Biblical Storytellers International) Institute in Cameroon last February is returning there in 2014. Want to go with her?
She writes: Ordinary people needed! We are looking for teachers, strong bodies, youth workers, florists, quilters, musicians, dancers, farmers, veterinarians, storytellers...email her to learn more.
PWG Coordinator Beth Galbreath is planning to be in Manila over Christmas to teach biblical storytelling to teens and young adults in a 5-day Christmas Institute, and to meet with the head of Wycliffe Philippines to plan an NBS Institute for October 2014. And in February 2014 she will be traveling to Bolivia to teach biblical storytelling at a pastors' and educators' institute of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Bolivia.
Please pray for the success of these missions. (And if you are moved to contribute to either person, they would welcome your support; contact them through the email links above.)
NBS TOGether: The Online Guild
Too busy or too far away to come to PWG meetings - when we can schedule them? Join NBS TOGether, The Online Guild! Folks from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and
ALBANIA have been gathering every third Sunday or so via Google+ hangout to share ideas and encourage one another in our telling. Email Joyce Orr for information on how to join.
The Albanian (Anglican) member of the group is excited about her new opportunity to share biblical storytelling with a group of women from the Roman Catholic church in her town with whom she worships. And we love the inspiring international connection. Join us! And we love the inspiring international connection. Join us!
So far meetings have been on Sunday afternoons, but we're now going to alternate between Sundays and Mondays so more clergy can participate.
January 11 Meeting
Prairie Wind Guild folks will meet on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst , at 2 p.m. til 4 or five-ish.
We'll share news and stories and set plans for the spring, and plan for scholarships and participation in the August trip to NBS Festival Gathering. (Watch the enews for news about applying for a scholarship to Festival Gathering,)
Everyone is invited! If you're a new teller, come and receive gentle coaching, if you wish!
And If you're planning to invite a team for an epic telling, try to have some plans for that by January 11.
Elisha and the Shunammite Woman
PWG Teller Patricia Lind tells the latest in our series, Stories of Healing, Hope and Resurrection.