The room was packed. Every seat was occupied and the carpeted floor in front of the stage was filled with eager children. It was time for the Children's Storybook Theater to begin!
This year, during the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival, we traveled back in time to 1505AD to the land of knights and maidens, castles and sword-fighting. And a pivotal moment in church history as the Reformation began to sweep across Europe.
Our theme concept was focused around the power of God's Word. This is not just an ordinary book. This is God's inspired and timeless truth. What a treasure! What great sacrifices men and women have made through the ages to stand firm on that truth! How important it is to earnestly -- and daily -- read, study, and be grounded in the Word.
Matthias and Hannah led the singing.
Elizabeth and Susanna taught the memory verse.
And our friend, Anna, jumped in to teach, too.
Meanwhile, as singing was in full swing, the actors in the drama were outside going over their lines one last time in preparation for the highlight of the Storybook Theater.
After all... what's a Storybook Theater without a good story?!
Charissa and Naomi all ready for their scene.
As you may have noticed by our backdrop, the story this year was set in Germany. We followed the life of Martin Luther as he searched the Scriptures for truth and then boldly stood against the corruption of the day.
Luther prepares to leave his home for the university.
Ruth narrated the story.
Just some... shall we say... colorful characters?!
What's a medieval drama without a sword fight?!
(Thanks to our friends, Emerson and Niles for this exciting addition!)
They captured Martin Luther and escorted him to a castle of safety.
More of the colorful characters.
You're never quite sure the face expressions a snapshot in time will capture!
What a wonderful opportunity we had in these two, one-hour sessions. What a joy it was to share the truth of Scripture and learn more about the great men and women in history who sought after truth and stood in it -- with a surrendered heart!
“He who has My commandments and keeps them,
it is he who loves Me.
And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father,
and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”