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Church Army Sister

Church Army Sister, Bishop and RectorSomeone once said, "Storytelling is among the most ancient of arts. To hear a story is to be touched in heart and mind, in body and spirit. The storyteller gives the tale; the listener receives it, responding out of his or her own being. The story comes alive. It flourishes and grows." Flannelboard can be an effective way of telling a good story. A good crowd of youngsters had gathered around the flannel board, many of them in swimming gear, and after singing several rousing choruses settled down to listen to the Bible story from Sister. The flannel board and stand were set in a prominent position and the tale began to unfold. The first figure was placed on the board.

Gust of Wind

Whoosh! With a gust, the flannel figure fluttered across the stony beach to roars of laughing cheers from the children. The Sister undaunted continued while the flannel board figures were being retrieved. Hoping to restore matters she pressed the next flannel figure in place, this time smoothing it over more carefully. The children's attention was riveted on the board. Would the piece fly off, or not? Whoosh! Again, pandemonium broke out. Then, yet another glided away! This was a wonderful lesson in how to get attention but not communicate a message!

"Flannel Board Figures"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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