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What's the story?

Are you good at telling a story?

The Bible is full of people who tell God's story: Prophets like Isaiah and Jonah, the disciples, and ordinary people like Tabitha and Barnabas

Jesus was known as a good story teller. People retold his stories about God over and over before they were written down.

What's your favourite?

Could you tell it?


In the 1880's, Carlo Collodi wrote the story of Pinocchio.

Illustration from Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi It tells of a puppet magically brought to life who could be a real boy if only he's brave, truthful and unselfish.

All sorts of things go wrong, including his nose growing as he tells lies. But Pinocchio finally becomes a boy.

Sixty years later Walt Disney retold the story as a musical cartoon. It won awards for its music - 'When you wish upon a star' was the hit song.

It's 80 years since it was first screened - have you seen Pinocchio?

Ruler Why can't your nose be twelve inches long?

Because then it would be a foot!

Pancake Knock, knock

Who's there?


Juliet who?

Juliet a lot of pancakes today


Find the word in the acrostic.


  1. toss it
  2. lard or oil
  3. serve with a squeeze
  4. what or who
  5. mixture
  6. liquid ingredient
  7. from a hen

Answer below.

Look Out

East Molesey: Alight 7th February 3.30-4.30pm

Sunbury: Aloud 7th February 7.00-8.00pm

Sunbury: SundayKidzClub 9th February 3.30pm

Hanworth: Hangout Sunday 9th February 5.30-7.00pm

Hampton: Messy Church 18th February 10.30-12noon

East Molesey: Splodge 20th February 10.30-12noon

Hampton: Breakfast service 1st March 9.15am

National Story Telling Week

There are all kinds of stories from fairy tales to family stories and from ancient legends to modern myths.

Some give you goosebumps and others make you laugh.


Thousands of places, from Westminster Abbey to local libraries, clubs and halls are holding events during the first week of February for national storytelling week. It's all about telling rather than reading a story.

Everyone has at least one story in them - have you got a story to tell?

Enormous Pancake

Do you know the story of the enormous pancake?

It jumped out of the pan because it didn't want to be eaten.

It rolled out of the door and down the street chased by a woman and her family. A hen, duck and cow joined the chase, all wanting a piece of the pancake.

Eventually the pancake came to a river and made the mistake of jumping on a pig's snout when the pig offered a lift across.

The pig ate the pancake - of course!


Enjoy eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - enormous or regular size!

Puppet on a String

Puppets are a great way of telling stories. Make your puppet come alive to wave and walk and talk.

What you need

What you need for Puppet on a String
  • 8 dry pasta tubes - macaroni or penne
  • scissors
  • ruler and pencil and felt pens
  • sticky tape and glue sticks or dots
  • wool or string
  • card
  • 2 lolly sticks
  • 8 pony beads

What you do


Puppet on a String step 1

Fold an 8cm strip of card in half.

Cut to make a tapered body with the narrow end at the fold.

Tip: Draw a line with a ruler before making the cut.


Puppet on a String step 2

Cut two circles for the head.

Colour a face with felt pens on both circles.


Puppet on a String step 3

Cut 20-25cm wool. Sandwich the wool between the two heads leaving a 5cm tail. Stick the thread to the inside of the heads with tape and then stick the heads together.

Cut a small slit in the fold of the body and thread the tail through. Stick down with tape making sure there is a small piece of wool for a neck between the body and head.


Puppet on a String step 4

Tie two pony beads to the end of a piece of wool and then thread two pasta tubes.

Allow about 5cm bare thread to attach inside the card body before threading on two more pasta tubes and finishing off by tying on two more pony beads.

Stick with tape inside the body allowing the legs to dangle at the bottom.


Puppet on a String step 5

For the arms use a single pony bead for the hand. Thread up like the legs leaving a about 3cm to attach to the inside of the card body.

Tape across the inside of the body.


Puppet on a String step 6

Glue together 2 lolly sticks to make a cross.

Tie the wool from the top of the head to the centre of the cross.

Cut two threads long enough to reach from the sticks to the hands. Tie to the pony beads.


Puppet on a String step 7

Practice making your puppet move by twitching its strings.

Make one with a friend to put on a show.

Acrostic answers

The word is pancake.

Pancake acrostic answer

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