Children's Spirituality: Story

"A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives..." (Reynolds Price)

Stories engage us in a way that explanations and facts cannot. They create images in our minds, speak to our emotions and help us to reflect on the events of our lives.

Their themes are universal: the quest for goodness and love, the willingness to risk everything in pursuit of a dream, the need to make meaning out of our daily lives.

The Biblical narrative and stories of other Christians are essential to our understanding of faith and for our spiritual nurture.

How do we pass these stories on to our children?

Story resources

An approach to the Bible: How can we share the Bible with children?