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.
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
The Word Became Flesh
Bev, Michele, Jan
The First Disciples
Jesus and Nathaniel
Jesus and his Mother at Cana
Woman of Samaria (part 1)
John 4:27-30, 39-42
Woman of Samaria (part 2)
The Official's son
The man with the mat
A boy with bread and fish
The woman accused of adultery
The man born blind
Death of Lazarus
Resurrection of Lazarus
Mary Anoints Jesus
Jesus washes disciples feet
Judas identified as betrayer
Peter's denial foretold
Jesus betrayed in the garden
John 18:15-19, 25-27
Peter denies Jesus
(Non scriptural narrative)
Mary Magdalene at the tomb (part 1)
Mary Magdalene at the tomb (part 2)
Jesus appears to the disciples
Jesus makes breakfast
Jesus and Peter