Contemplative Bible Storytelling for Children
Why We Wonder?
Plenty of wonderful resources exist to teach children about the Bible. This podcast invites children into an immersive, contemplative experience of the words of Scripture. We make space for their responses and questions, and guide them in a prayerful engagement with the story. And we remember, always, that God is drawing close to us in love as we make space for the Holy Spirit to speak through our sacred text.
We want to invite children into a life of wonder, engagement, and curiosity about the Bible. Children's spiritual lives are real and vibrant: they are known and loved by God as they are right now, not just as grownups in training! That's why, on this podcast, we allow children the space to enter God's good words together, wonder about them, and talk with God about what we find.
What We Believe
We believe the Scriptures are "the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through Jesus Christ," that they are God-breathed, and that the Holy Spirit works in and through our engagement with these ancient texts to build God's people up in faith, hope, and love (2 Timothy 3:15-17). We believe they belong to all of God's people: that the people, stories, poems, and assurances of Scripture should be the furniture of a child's imagination. We also believe that children should be encouraged to wonder about, push back on, and actively engage God as they encounter these writings. God is not afraid of their questions, and is big enough for anything they could wonder! We want to come alongside parents, who are the primary spiritual caregivers to their children, and help foster a lifetime of passionate engagement with and pursuit of the God who so deeply loves them and calls out to all of us in these inspired words.
Who is this podcast for?
We Wonder is created for elementary-aged children, though children of all ages can certainly listen and enjoy! Families can also listen together, and wonder about the story together.
Who Are We?
Sarah Dahl, host
Sarah is a writer who developed the children's ministry curriculum at City Church San Francisco, and is involved in lay theological education with the Newbigin House of Studies. She attended Wheaton College and Luther Seminary, and believes deeply in imaginative formation in Scripture as a gift for spiritual growth. Her writing also appears in Comment and Christian History magazines. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children, and a very elderly cat.
Richard Clark, producer
Richard is the Director of Media Innovation at Useful Group, and the co-host of The No-Chill Enneagram.