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WHAT'S YOUR STORY? CHURCH

A story-sharing initiative to build understanding and a stronger sense of connectedness in your church, small group, youth group, ministry or family.

You can run What’s Your Story? in any context

For church leaders

Get ideas and resources for doing WYS in your congregation or Christian organisation.

For small groups

Find WYS resources and videos for small group leaders and members.

For youth groups

Get ideas, videos and resources to run WYS in your youth group.

For families

You can run WYS with your relatives or closest friends. Here’s how.

For individuals

Get ideas and mini resources for engaging in story-sharing in your daily life.

“… the WYS experience has produced obvious changes in the [church] group. They are no longer just a group; they have become a team.”
WYS Case Study

Courses

We have various multimedia courses to help you run What’s Your Story? in any context. Sign up or log in to get access.

8 Lessons

WYS for Christian Small Groups

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7 Lessons

Beyond the River for Youth Groups

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8 Lessons

WYS for Reconciliation

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WYS for Families - Read and Talk

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WYS for Families - Watch and Talk

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7 Lessons

Facilitator's Toolkit

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Resources

Browse our wide range of What's Your Story? resources.

Story-sharing and Grief

How story-sharing can help your church community deal with grief and emotional stress as people face a time of extraordinary pain and loss in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What's Your Story? Church Toolkit

A toolkit to promote understanding, trust and reconciliation through personal storytelling for church and small groups. Includes a DVD with powerful examples of storytelling.

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What's Your Story? for Church Youth Groups

A resource for church youth leaders on promoting understanding and trust through personal storytelling.

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Beyond the River Resource for Church Youth Groups

This hard copy resource includes scenes from the Beyond the River movie along with lessons to encourage conversations and learning about the power of diversity.

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WYS Sermon Outlines - Part 2: Diversity, inclusion & reconciliation

This resource contains one standalone sermon outline on the topic of diversity and inclusion, and five session outlines on the topic of building bridges in the context of the church.

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WYS Sermon Outlines - Part 1: The power of stories

This resource contains four sermon outlines on the topic of story-sharing. They can be used as part of a church-wide rollout of What’s Your Story?

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Share your story with us

Do you have a story that everyone needs to hear? Are you, or do you know of someone who courageously lives out values such as forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, understanding or reconciliation? Do you know of ordinary people in South Africa working together in extraordinary ways?

Then we need to hear your story!

We’re looking for stories that:

  • Help us to get to know and understand each other better.
  • Challenge us to look beyond our differences.
  • Inspire us about those who’ve overcome huge challenges.
  • Remind us that we really are better together.
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