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Lent Story Slam

March 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 4, 2017

Tuesdays @ 6:30PM
March 7 – April 4

During the Season of Lent we’ve often offered a midweek study of some kind.  However, this year we are trying something a bit different to encourage greater participation from our church and community.  If you’re not familiar with the concept of a story slam, it’s essentially a live, open-mic storytelling venue.  Those attending are invited to come prepared to share a five-minute story on the evening’s theme.  You do not have to tell a story; you can just come to listen.  But those willing to tell a story will put their names in a basket, and we will draw 5 names; and those 5 people will be our storytellers.  Here are some helpful guidelines for would-be storytellers adapted from Story Slamm Dayton (www.facebook.com/StorySlammDayton/):

  • It must be TRUE – Our story slam is strictly non-fiction.
  • It must be on TOPIC – The story you’ve prepared should be related to the evening’s theme.
  • It must have STAKES – A story needs action and the action must have consequences.  What is gained or lost?  What is the urgency?  What is the conflict?  What is the goal and who or what is blocking it?  How did the trip from point A to point B change or shape you?
  • It must be YOUR Story to Tell – Were you there?  Are you one of the main characters?  No journalism.  Eyewitness accounts only.
  • Finally, it must be ON TIME – Slam stories should be 5 minutes long plus 1 grace minute.

What we are not looking for: Stand-up routines. Rants. Essays. How-tos. Lectures. Fictions.  Gratuitous anything.
What we are looking for:  Hook us in.  Make us care about you.  Paint the scene.  Clearly state your fears, desires, and dilemma.  Make us worried for you, impress us with your observations that are uniquely yours.  Rope us into the moment when it all goes down.  Conclude as a different person.  Triumphant?  Defeated?  Befuddled?  Enlightened? …CHANGED.

The hope of doing these story slams is that we’ll get to know something of one another as we journey through Lent, and experience the goodness of gathering together to share and listen to each others’ stories.  So join us!  Here are the themes for each week to help you prepare your story:

March 5:       Wilderness Experience
March 12:     A Change of Heart
March 19:     Journey
March 26:     Last Words
April 4:         To Be Continued…


March 28, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm