Eastside Story Guild is a weekly program for children and youth (grades 2-12) that explores, stages and tells the Biblical story through creative performing arts. Each season, ESG produces original scripts with accompanying musical scores and presents these stories twice a year in stand-alone performances as well as in the regular worship services.
A typical Friday afternoon at ESG includes sharing a meal, participating in drama games and skills, listening to the Biblical story being shared by the Storyteller, meeting in guild family groups to share personal reflections on the story, and experimenting with drama, music, art and movement/dance to find effective ways to stage the scripted story.
We are all sent with a blessing and song at the end of our time together. As the children and youth immerse themselves in exploring the story and the script, the hope is that they will also find their own lives being shaped by God's Story. ESG was birthed out of Grandview Calvary Baptist church as a way of exploring God's Sacred Story amongst children, youth and adults in our worshipping community and in our neighbourhood.
The Eastside Story Guild (ESG) is a community of children, youth, and adults engaged in the craft of Biblical storytelling. We embody these stories in theatre, music and dance, exploring the intersection of our story and God’s story. Through fostering wonder and building creative skills, we deepen our faith and cultivate our imaginations. ESG is a ministry of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, open to all families in the neighbourhood.