If you are familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint then you are going to love this! It is the fastest and simplest way I know to illustrate a story using your computer or to make a really professional-looking flip chart.
If you are not familiar with PowerPoint then the following will make no sense at all. I suggest you make friends with someone in your congregation who can teach you how to use it. Many people in business and lots of younger people know their way around this program.
Here is how I create a presentation and Flip Chart:
- Outline the Story: First, I write a basic outline of the Bible story I am teaching and decide on the main points or “scenes” I would like to illustrate. This tells me how many slides I will need and what words to put on each one.
- Words: Sometimes, I write the words directly on the slide and other times, I use the notes section at the bottom of the slide in the “normal” view.
If the Bible passage is straightforward and easy to understand for the age group I am teaching, I use the words directly out of the Bible. For this, I go to a great site at http://www.biblegateway.com and type in the Scripture reference and select an easy-to-understand version like the Contemporary English Version or the International Children’s Bible. I like to use the “printer friendly” option before cutting and pasting the words into my presentation.
- Images: I use Google Images (www.google.com) or Flickr (www.flickr.com ) to find appropriate pictures for my slides. It usually takes a number of searches to find the “perfect” pictures. When I find one I think will work well then, I cut and paste it into the PowerPoint presentation. If I want to save it for later, I download it to a folder on my computer. Hint: If a picture file is small, it will probably be fine for a PowerPoint presentation. If you plan to print the slide show and make a printed flip chart, you will need at least medium-resolution pictures. Flickr is great because you can download photos in a number of sizes.
Another idea: If you are industrious (and this is really fun to do as a family or class project), have some volunteers pose for the various “scenes” and take your own pictures.
- Tell the Story using PowerPoint: Finally, I show the presentation on a laptop or a bigger screen if available.
- Make a Flip Chart: I don’t always have a laptop at my disposal, and I still like using the basic flip chart, anyway. So, I can print out my flip chart using the various print features for slides, handouts and notes pages. Using heavier paper is helpful. I can also save the presentation to pdf if I want.
- Power Point Presentation of King Hezekiah Story using my own photos
- Printable Flip Chart of the same King Hezekiah Presentation
- Power Point Presentation of the Jesus Visiting the Temple as a Boy Story using images from Google and Flickr
- Printable Flip Chart of the same Jesus Visiting the Temple Story
- Power Point Presentation: Daniel and the King’s Food Power Point Presentation using my own photographs
- Printable Flip Chart: Daniel and the King’s Food Printable Flip Chart
- Power Point Presentation: The Stoning of Stephen Power Point
- Printable Flip Chart: The Stoning of Stephen Visual Aid