Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Singing Time Ideas

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Children love learning the stories of Jesus found in the scriptures!  Teach those stories by singing the Primary song Tell Me the Stories of Jesus using these Primary singing time ideas.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Singing Time Ideas using a story book format and more

If you are going to sing a song about the stories of Jesus, do so by using a storybook format!  Children LOVE a good story!

But any of these Tell Me the Stories of Jesus singing time ideas are bound to accommodate your Primary’s learning style and needs!  Click on the link to quickly jump to that section:

  1. Storybook (1st verse)
  2. Interactive Storybook (2nd verse)
  3. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  4. Handbells
  5. Crack the Code
  6. ASL
  7. Singing Testimonies

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Sheet Music and Lyrics

Find the sheet music for Tell Me the Stories of Jesus on the Church’s website.  And did you know the lyrics to Tell Me the Stories of Jesus originate from a poem?  Too bad the entire poem is included in The Children’s Songbook:

Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear; Things I would ask Him to tell me if He were here; Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

First let me hear how the children stood round His knee, And I shall fancy His blessing resting on me; Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace, All in the love light of Jesus’ face.

Tell me, in accents of wonder, how rolled the sea, Tossing the boat in a tempest on Galilee; And how the Maker, ready and kind, Chided the billows, and hushed the wind.

Into the city I’d follow the children’s band, Waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand. One of His heralds, yes, I would sing Loudest hosannas, “Jesus is King!”

Show me that scene in the garden, of bitter pain. Show me the cross where my Savior for me was slain. Sad ones or bright ones, so that they be Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

The Tabernacle Choir sang the second to last verse in the October 2023 General Conference:

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus History

This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham.

William Henry Parker [the author] apprenticed in machine-construction in a lace-making plant, and was later head of an insurance company. In 1885, he wrote a text with six stanzas for the anniversary of the Chelsea Street Baptist Church in Nottingham, England. As an active member, he wrote many hymns for Sunday School anniversaries. Fifteen of his hymns appear in the National Sunday School Union’s Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.

In 1903, Frederic A  Challinor [the composer] composed music for the six stanzas of W. H. Parker, and the song was the prize-winning rime in a competition sponsored by the National Sunday School Union, London. Challinor had labored in a brickyard and worked as a coal miner and in a china factory prior to earning degrees from the Royal College of Music and an English university. He published over 1,000 compositions and wrote his own verses to many hymns and songs. Some of his work is published in a Methodist hymnal and in the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Singing Time Ideas

1. Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Storybook

Camille's Primary Ideas: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Singing Time Ideas using a story book format

The title of this song longs to tell a good story!  Teach Tell Me the Stories of Jesus by creating a simple storybook!

2. Interactive Storybook

Camille's Primary Ideas: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Singing Time Ideas using a story book format

Continue on with the storybook idea for teaching the 2nd and 3rd verses as well!  Only this time, it’s an interactive storybook!

3. A Children's Songbook Companion

A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Singing Time Ideas using a story book format

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4. Teach Tell Tell Me the Stories of Jesus with Handbells

Check out more details for using handbells on this Primary song!  It utilizes simple chording.  This post explains everything you need to know about using handbells in Primary.

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Merry Bells

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Or another handbell option for Tell Me the Stories of Jesus is Merry Bells.  There are several options for Merry Bells bell charts:

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5. Crack the Code

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Primary singing time ideas crack the code

6. ASL

ASL is always a great option as well!  Check out this simplified ASL demonstration video for teaching Tell Me the Stories of Jesus here:

Then make sure to check out my post HERE for more helpful tips for teaching sign language in singing time!

7. Singing Testimonies

The March 2024 Friend magazine has a simple activity for teaching younger children.  It states:

Sing “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, 57) together. Have your child hold up a picture of Jesus each time He’s mentioned in the song.

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