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This Story and Stretch lesson is the first in a new series that takes participants on a journey through the Lectionary Text using Children's Literature.  


"Work It Out" uses Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse to align Matthew 18:15-20 with the healing practice of yoga, in order to guide people of all ages to experience a deeper embodiment of Christ's teachings.


Each element of the session is uniquely crafted to help participants use their breath, brain, and whole body to interact with the main idea of Matthew 18:15-20 - that the way to resolve a dispute is by talking directing to the person you are in a dispute with.


Session Outline

Energetic Warm-Up: Breath Practice

Spiritual Warm-Up: Christian Meditation

Mental Warm-Up: Mindfulness Practice

Physical Warm-Up: Son Salutations

Story: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Recreating the Story Using Yoga Poses





Story and Stretch was created by Michel Le Gribble-Dates, mother, certified yoga instructor, and former Director of Children's Ministries.


Story and Stretch has been transformative in our church. The practice of integrating yoga with Biblical storytelling has engaged children of all ages in new ways while cultivating healthy practices for mindfulness and prayer.

- Jami Vandock, Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth



Our children today are bombarded with noise and stimulation.  Story and Stretch equips them with strategies to find an inner quiet, to combat the chaos of the world, and to be embraced by the truth of God’s love for them.

- Elizabeth Snelbake, Director of Christian Education



The best Storytellers use their bodies to tell the story.  Story & Stretch is our resource to gather the children and tell the Bible lesson each day of VBS.  It is also on our schedule as the resource for Sunday morning faith formation and intergenerational gatherings!

- Charlotte Allbright, Director of Christian Formation and Education



I liked learning a lot of new yoga poses. It was fun.

- Camden, 2nd grader



Story and Stretch is a very modern approach to teaching classic Bible stories incorporating movement and mindfulness to children. Myself and the participating children at the church enjoyed it immensely.

- Meredith, Parent

"Work It Out": A Story & Stretch Lesson for Matthew 18:15-20

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