Epic Telling 2022
Personal Encounters in the Gospel of John
Make sure to catch this event! April 22 at 4 pm (Pacific time)

How do I take part in the telling?

As soon as possible, check the chart below 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 be ready; we’re counting on you!

We are offering a couple of orientation sessions to answer any questions and share insights while you prepare for the epic. We'll record them, in case you are not free at one of the times we offer this. There will also be a technical rehearsal session during the Festival which you are required to attend.

For the actual performance of the Epic, we will “queue up”, speak when it’s our turn and share in the telling of this Epic Story!

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 savour the Gospel of John to hear some of the people who interact with Jesus.

You won’t want to miss this!

How do I prepare?

Learn the passage by heart and be ready to tell it live without prompts.

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 Judeans" 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 Michele Rizoli at michriz@gmail.com

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