This is an interactive time of fellowship, sharing our stories and learning more about each other. Each workshop will include ‘memory joggers’ and relevant Bible verses. Some of the topics we will focus on include the family and community in which we grew up, how things have changed over the years, finding God at work in our lives, our education, career, health, interests, favourite Bible verses and hymns, things we’re passionate about, and turning points in our lives.
We’ll learn various ways of sharing our stories, looking at several methods of communication and what is best for what audience. We’ll also discuss photos, memorabilia, and resources available to help us remember and share our stories.
Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
September 21 – November 30, 2023; January 4 – May 30, 2024
Gladys Thompson has volunteered to facilitate these workshops. She loves hearing life stories, especially ‘God stories,’ and has helped others publish their memoirs. Along with her sister, she developed a website to help people to know how to share their faith stories. Knowing personally the benefits of life stories, Gladys has written about some of her ancestors and family members and recently published a devotional book. She served the Lord for 25 years as a Salvation Army officer and has worked in communications for over 15 years. She has also earned a diploma as an adult teacher from Durham College and is excited about the many possibilities for these workshops.
The deadline for registering is midnight, September 25, 2023.
Here are just a few reasons:
- They help us to learn about various lifestyles, places, and experiences of others, helping us better understand them.
- They help us explain how we feel about things that have happened to us and what life was like for us. Often, we see things in a different light as we grow older.
- They help younger generations understand what life was like in your generation and why you do things as you do.
- They offer wisdom on dealing with life’s ups and downs.
- They can provide a legacy of faith as you share what God has done in your life.
- Your story is part of God’s bigger story, and He wants you to share it. What makes your story unique is the Author!
- YOUR STORY MATTERS!
The workshops are free since the costs for the materials, etc., have all been covered through a grant.
While you will be encouraged to write your stories, it is not necessary to do so. It is hoped, however, that you will share your stories through another medium or by simply telling them.
Most courses are expensive and do not include writing faith stories. You do not have the opportunity to share with one another in the same way. Most other courses expect you to write a book for publication and will provide extensive lessons in proper grammar, editing, dialogue, etc.
In our workshops, you will be encouraged to write your stories for your family, but it is not necessary to do so. We will work with you on sharing your best stories via writing, videotaping, voice recording, or having someone else write them on your behalf. We want you to feel comfortable in whichever manner you choose.
Each week will be on a different life topic, many of which will include stories about your faith and how your story is part of God’s bigger story. Notes and worksheets will be provided. We will use Scripture references to illustrate various points, talk about ‘memory joggers’ and story ideas, share our stories, and learn from one another. Each week, you will be asked to reflect on a topic and come ready to share your story the next time.
We realize that most people cannot attend every week; some may even be away for several weeks. However, we encourage you to come as often as possible and catch up on the material you missed while away.
You will be encouraged to share your story each week, but there is no pressure to do so. Some weeks will be easier topics for you than others.
I think you’ll be surprised to find that you do! Everyone has a story!
Yes, you’re welcome to write about someone else, although that may be more challenging. If possible, it might be helpful to bring that person with you.
Fill in the registration form. There is a section you can check off, and you will be contacted to see what other options may be available.