Christian Storytelling Club holds soiree

October 19, 2012
  • Attendees learned how to support stories by making the sounds of rain and thunder using a sheet of paper. Seated at far left is Fanny Crawford, a storyteller in the Hagerstown area. At left, in the row in front of Crawford, is Kyle Powderly, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown.
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Phyllis Washington drew from 40 years of children’s ministry experience in her storytelling training at the Christian Storytelling Café’s soiree.

She engaged representatives of five faith groups in various ways of putting pizzazz in Bible stories for children, including making balloon characters, face painting and paper cutting. 

Soirees as well as monthly sessions are open to adults and senior high school students. Faith Crumbly, Café executive director, facilitated the event which was held in the social hall at John Wesley United Methodist Church.

Stories were in three groups: life experience, family legacy and Bible stories.

The other cast of storytellers for the event: 

• Fanny Crawford, “Miriam,” the relevance of water in both the experiences of a Hebrew prophetess and the legacy of her mother

• Candace Devore, “Bombs Away,” lessons learned from her father’s childhood escapades

• Steve McCullum, “That’s a Lot of Bull,” a lively sharing about a 10-year-old’s encounter with a bull that he had riled

• Patty McCullum, “Brad,” sketches the influence of a Bradford pear tree on generations of her family

• Pastor Kyle Powderly, “God-fellas,” a 21st century rendition of David and Goliath in which Powderly assumed the voices of Mafia GoodFellas

• Faith Crumbly, “Naaman the Leper,” the musical telling with audience participation of a Syrian general’s encounter with a superior power

Crumbly also announced a writing contest based on the dress she wore. She said an anonymous donor of a $100 first prize suggested the contest. A photo of the dress and contest details will be posted at the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery website at

Senior high school students and adults can register for the writing contest by sending an email to with “Dress” in the subject line and providing their name, address and phone number. Contestants will be assigned a code and given more details. The story submission deadline is Nov. 10. The prize will be awarded Dec. 2.

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