Epic Telling 2023

The Acts of the Apostles

What will we experience together?

The Festival Gathering reaches a high point in the performance of the "Epic Telling.” This is an energizing team telling that gives us a chance to experience a large portion of scripture together, as told by a variety of tellers. It is such a gripping event that it has come to be known as Epic.

Tellers who have signed up here to learn a small portion of scripture by heart come together to tell their part in sequence, tag-team style.

This year we will team-tell portions of the book of The Acts of the Apostles

You won’t want to miss this!

How do I take part in the telling?

In October, check the chart which will appear below in October, and decide which part you would like to learn and tell by heart.

Fill out and submit the form with your top three choices. We’ll let you know your assigned part.

Learn your part by heart and video-record yourself telling it. Video Guidelines will be available.

The actual performance of the Epic will be a broadcast of our fully edited Epic Telling video. Invite your friends and family!

How do I prepare?

Learn the passage by heart and be ready to tell it live/on video without prompts or reading off the page.

Our practice is to use the NRSV or the Common English Bible, so please make sure to learn from one of those translations.

A special note about telling with sensitivity. To avoid antisemitism you are encouraged to use the terms "the Judaeans" or "the religious leaders" (as appropriate) rather than the term "the Jews." (The language in the text is more about the diversity of early Judaism, part of an internal debate, than about inter-religious conflict as we might now hear it.)


Likewise, feel free to adjust the text and use non-gendered language for God and for people: Human One (instead of son of man), humankind (instead of mankind), God (instead of He), etc.

As a general rule when learning the passage by-heart, aim for about 95% story content accuracy and 70% word accuracy. It’s not a competition to get all the words perfect!

You can find many inspiring examples of scripture telling in the Biblical Storytelling Library.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Epic Convener Catherine Stuart

FYI: Last year's Epic Telling:
Personal Encounters in the Gospel of John

John 1:1-14

The Word Became Flesh
Bev, Michele, Jan

John 1:35-42

The First Disciples
John Biro

John 1:43-51

Jesus and Nathaniel
Ivana Liju

John 2:1-11

Jesus and his Mother at Cana
Fay Lundin

John 3:1-21

John Epp

John 4:1-26

Woman of Samaria (part 1)
Janice Kim

John 4:27-30, 39-42

Woman of Samaria (part 2)
Harry Disher

John 4:46-54

The Official's son
Darla Sherman

John 5:1-15

The man with the mat
Stephanie McClellan

John 6:1-15

A boy with bread and fish
Jean Bubba

John 8:1-11

The woman accused of adultery
Heather Seargeant

John 9:1-38

The man born blind
Ken Quiring

John 11:1-37

Death of Lazarus
Jean Bubba

John 11:38-54

Resurrection of Lazarus
Doreen Martens

John 12:1-8

Mary Anoints Jesus
Linnea Good

John 13:1-17

Jesus washes disciples feet
Jeff Lawrence

John 13:21b-30

Judas identified as betrayer
Beth Mattison

John 13:33-38

Peter's denial foretold
Elizabeth Green

John 18:1-12

Jesus betrayed in the garden
Kate Jones

John 18:15-19, 25-27

Peter denies Jesus
Keith Metzger


(Non scriptural narrative)
Michele Rizoli

John 20:1-10

Mary Magdalene at the tomb (part 1)
Jan Bihl

John 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene at the tomb (part 2)
Ruth Nickel

John 20:19-28

Jesus appears to the disciples
Pegi Ridout

John 21:1-14

Jesus makes breakfast
Linda Adamson

John 21:15-20

Jesus and Peter
Gerhard Bihl

John 21:24,25

Michele Rizoli