Meet the Stone Storytellers

Scott Leonard – Our Commissioned Lay Pastor and leader of the storytellers at Stone Presbyterian Church has been telling Biblical stories in worship and in Epic tellings since 2007. He has attended a three of the National Biblical Storytelling Festival Gatherings both in Canada and the USA. Pastor Scott became enamored with Biblical storytelling through his mentor and former minister, as well as professional storyteller, Dennis Dewey.

Donna Goodfriend – An Elder and storyteller at Stone Presbyterian Church has been telling Biblical stories in worship and in Epic tellings since 2008. She has attended a three of the National Biblical Storytelling Festival Gatherings both in Canada and the USA. Donna hesitantly joined the storytellers at the gentle nudging of her former minister and professional storyteller Dennis Dewey. She has since come to love the telling of Biblical stories and the meanings behind them.

Elizabeth Smith – A former Elder of Stone Presbyterian Church and Commissioned Lay Pastor at Forest Presbyterian Church in Lyons Falls has been telling Biblical stories in worship and in Epic tellings since 2012. She has attended a National Biblical Storytelling Festival Gathering in Canada. Elizabeth felt called to tell in preparation for preaching. Master storyteller Reverend Dennis Dewey was influential in helping Elizabeth begin her storytelling journey. She now tells in her church in Lyons Falls and hopes others come to learn more about God’s Word and His love for us through these tellings.

Anne Dunne – She is one of the storytellers at Stone Presbyterian Church and has been telling Biblical stories in worship and in Epic tellings since 2013. She enjoys the preparation of and the learning of the stories she tells. Anne also likes knowing the stories and hopes that future generations come to know and appreciate them too.

 

             
Sherry Robinson  (2007), Peter Massi (2013), and Dave Forbes (2012) who are both Elders at Stone Presbyterian Church have joined us on numerous occasions for telling Biblical stories in worship and at the Epic tellings.

Keven Baily is a Commissioned Lay Pastor at the Three Voices Presbyterian Church and is joining us this year for his first Epic telling at Stone Presbyterian Church. He has attended numerous National Biblical Storytelling Festival Gatherings over the years.

Recent Epic Tellings

2018

The Gospel of John is different. Matthew, Mark and Luke are called “synoptic,” a word which means essentially “seeing things in the same way.” John tells a completely different story from the synoptic. The timeline is different. In the other gospels Jesus overturns the tables of the money changers during his last week; in fact, this precipitates his arrest in the synoptic accounts. In John’s gospel, the ruckus in the temple happens at the beginning of his ministry! In the synoptic, Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples on the Thursday before his execution. In John’s gospel he is executed at the same time that the Passover begins with the slaughter of the Passover lambs. Many of the key stories found in John (the Wedding at Cana, the Samaritan Woman at the Well, Nicodemus, the Raising of Lazarus) are not even mentioned in the other gospels, and many of the parables of the synoptic are missing from John. Probably the latest of all the gospels, John tells a unique story that must be held in tension with those of the other gospels to get a fuller picture of who Jesus was and how the early church came to understand him. Stories were told by Scott Leonard, Donna Goodfriend, Elizabeth Smith, Anne Dunn, Dave Forbes, with master storyteller Dennis Dewey.

2017

The Stone Storytellers will once again perform their annual ―Epic Telling. This year it will be stories from the Gospel of Matthew. This performance will have stories unique to Matthew such as the Visit by the Wise Men, the Sermon on the Mount, and parables like the Laborers in the Vineyard and Parable of the Talents. Stories were told by Scott Leonard, Donna Goodfriend, Elizabeth Smith, Anne Dunn, Sherry Robinson, Peter Massi, Dave Forbes, and Annie Grove.

2016

The Stone Storytellers will once again perform their annual ―Epic Telling.‖  This year it will be stories from the Gospel of Luke.  It is a bit of a reprise from 2007 when the first Epic Telling was done by the Stone Storytellers and it was stories from Luke, but now with some new faces as well as some original performers. This one-hour performance will feature stories unique to Luke such as the birth of Jesus and parables like the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son.  Come and experience the scriptures in the oral tradition they were created! Stories were told by Scott Leonard, Donna Goodfriend, Elizabeth Smith, Anne Dunn, Sherry Robinson, Peter Massi.

2015

The Stone Storytellers are presenting their annual spring ―Epic Telling. The presentation was called ―Love Stories of the Bible and includes such familiar stories of Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Rachel, David and Bathsheba, Ruth and Boaz. The program will conclude with a group performance of excerpts from the Bible‘s steamy love poem, ―The Song of Songs. Stories were told by Scott Leonard, Donna Goodfriend, Elizabeth Smith, Anne Dunn, Sherry Robinson, Peter Massi, and David Blanks.

Epic telling on April 14, 2019

The Stone Storytellers will once again perform their annual “Epic Telling” at 2:30pm on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at Stone Presbyterian Church, 8 So. Park Row, Clinton, “The Church on the Green”. We will be joined by our founder, Master Storyteller Dennis Dewey! This year it will be the story of Joseph and his Brothers from the first book of the Torah, Genesis. Joseph was the second youngest son of Jacob, the last of the patriarchs whom God renamed Israel. Come hear this marvelous story of jealousy, betrayal, love, and forgiveness-the human story. Hear the story again for the first time! Come and experience the scriptures in the oral tradition in which they were created-told live and from the heart! Plan to join us and bring a friend. A free will offering will be held to benefit the Country Pantry. Refreshments will be served following the performance.