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Joan Koelle Snipes Available to Give Bible Workshops
Monday, February 21, 2005  1:16:00 PM

by Joan K. Snipes

Shepherdstown author conducts Bible workshops in England, Canada and United States. Parents and Sunday School teachers gain inspiration and learn tips for teaching the Scripture to young people.

Joan Koelle Snipes Available to Give Bible Workshops

Joan has conducted over 70 Bible workshops since 2000. She has been to 23 states, plus Canada and England.

The main objective of these Bible workshops is to enable participants to more effectively teach the Scriptures in Sunday School and at home. Joan currently offers a choice of three workshops, appropriate for teachers and non-teachers alike. The first two are filled with information about the Bible. They are titled:

Hezekiah, Godly King of Judah, and
Women Prophets.

These two talks illustrate, by example, how to make Bible history interesting. Joan demonstrates some teaching techniques while having the audience focus on specific individuals. All participants bring their Bibles, and volunteers read the stories aloud. This process provides an example of how any Bible subject might be taught.

The workshop on Hezekiah covers an historically significant period. In it, the attendees delve into all four of the "godly" kings of Judah: Asa, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah and Josiah.

The "Women Prophets" workshop focuses on Miriam, Moses' sister; Deborah, a judge; Huldah, who lived during the reign of Josiah, and Anna, from the book of Luke.

A workshop on Teaching the Bible to Children is also available. This workshop is aimed at parents, current and prospective Sunday School teachers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The purpose is to give them a wide array of ideas on how to help children become biblically literate. Joan will discuss her book, "That Ye May Teach the Children," as well as storytelling, Bible picture books, teaching tools, such as a Bible time-line and illustrations, specific ideas for working with very young children, expanding on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes, Bible related games, and Bible related music. People will leave this workshop with all kinds of ideas on how they can better understand the Bible themselves and how they can spark a love for the Scriptures in the children they know.

Joan's speaker fee for a workshop lasting up to 3 hours is $500. For two workshops on one day, the fee is $900. In addition, Joan asks sponsoring organizations to cover her travel expenses.

Each person attending the workshop entitled "Teaching the Bible to Children" receives a copy of Joan's book, as well as a handout. Thus, there is a $20 per person materials fee for this workshop only.

The Hezekiah and Women Prophets workshops each last two and a half hours. Teaching the Bible to Children takes three hours. Saturday mornings work especially well, say from 9:00 or 9:30 - 12. Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons are also good times.

Over the years, Joan has attended many talks specifically about the Bible by Genelle Austin-Lett, William P. Brown, Joseph Caldwell, Beth Carey, Richard Carlson, Olene Carroll, Alex Cavalli, Mary Jane Chaignot, Kristy Christian, Finn Clark-Brown, Cobbey Crisler, Ann Cummings, Frank Darling, Dick Davenport, Honey Dobyns, Elaine Follis, Sara Gallant, Gail Haslam, Dorothy Herfurt, Peter Hodgson, Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, Barry Huff, Caryl Krueger, Christopher Langton, Trevor Leach, Kathy Merrill, Madelon Miles, Charlie O'Gorman, and Russell Robinson. Joan has learned much from these talks and enjoys giving back some of the ideas she has gleaned from these speakers, from her own reading, and from her experience in Sunday School classes.

To schedule a workshop please contact:

Joan Snipes
1070 Willowdale Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
cell: 410-948-1055

If you'd like a copy of the workshop brochure, please send us your mailing address.

Below you may read feedback from attendees and a list of over 70 places where workshops have been held since 2000.

Comments on Joan Snipes's Bible workshops:

May 2007

I love how you organized and presented your material. You really shine while you are presenting.

Sunday School Superintendent
Denver, Colorado

September 2006

We thoroughly enjoyed your company and cheerfulness, and we thought the workshop was excellent. We have been reading through the literature from the workshop and finding it very informative and easy to digest.

Workshop participants
British Columbia, Canada

Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006

Dear Joan and Bob,

On behalf of us all we thank you for wonderful Saturday morning. We have had only positive feedback.

It was a pleasure working with two so well organized people, you obviously have had a lot of practice.

Please let us know when you will be travelling on this side of the country again, as we would love to have you back.


Church members,
Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, Canada

September 16, 2006

Dear Joan:

Your devotion to the Bible is very apparent, and also your care for the spiritual education of children, the future generation.



Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist
Vancouver, B. C.

September 2006

It was a great afternoon and I really appreciate the quality of and quantity of worthy Bible knowledge you packed into a couple of hours!

Organizer for "Women's Prophets" in Beaverton, Oregon

September 2006

You have done a beautiful job of organizing and presenting your material.

Participant at a workshop in Portland, Oregon

June 2006

What a treat to have Joan Snipes visit the San Diego area and share her helpful ideas and experiences in teaching the Bible to children. Joan's love for children and the Bible resonates throughout the workshop. Her exhaustive research led her to write her book, "That Ye May Teach the Children," which is a helpful, well thought out tool when sharing ideas in the Bible with both children and adults. Throughout the workshop Joan helps participants understand how to put the ideas in her book into action. She is a wealth of knowledge for other resources as well.

Joan's time in San Diego was well spent since 38 attendees from over 9 churches participated in her workshop. The Sunday School teachers at the Carlsbad/Vista Church were grateful Joan accepted their invitation to come to San Diego and would recommend other churches consider inviting Joan to their church community as well.

Sunday School teacher
Carlsbad/Vista Sunday School

May 22, 2006

Thank you, Joan and Bob, for all you did! We loved your Bible workshop, Joan, the reviews have been wonderful!!!! I think the Teaching the Children one was the favorite, because there was soooooo much we could use. We all are very excited to study the Bible in greater depth, to obtain some of the beautiful and insightful books you have on your list. I can't tell you how much this workshop meant to me in particular. I went home and read some of King James Psalms that night and more of Romans and I felt it had so much more meaning and touched me personally. I love your emphasis on the King James version as well. I refer to several versions at different times, but I always come back to King James, because it's so poetic and it's the version I want to remember, recite and recall when needed. The group attending the workshop kept saying afterwards how special and personable and warm (loving!) you both were, during the workshop.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

Love and safe travels,
Workshop organizer
Reno, Nevada

October 26, 2003

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to enthusiastically endorse Joan K. Snipes Bible workshop entitled "Women Prophets". As always, Joan brings the Bible to life. She makes the people in the Bible, the settings, and the circumstances come so alive. She puts events into a historical context that is very understandable.

This particular workshop: "Women Prophets" brought a whole new sense to me of what the word "prophet" means. Now when I read about prophets in the Bible, I feel I have a much deeper understanding of what it meant to be a prophet and what it means to us today.

It was also very interesting to learn more about the role many women played in the Bible --women that were and remain today to be incredible role models for us.

I find Joan's workshops to be extremely informative and inspirational. Her workshops feel like Sunday School for adults --- giving the Sunday School teacher many ideas for teaching but also giving the non-teacher new information and resources. Her handouts and reference materials are also very helpful.

Anyone that has an interest in the Bible will greatly benefit from Joan's workshops. Her enthusiasm for the Bible is a joy.


Sunday School Superintendent
Springfield, Virginia

An staff member at Tenacre Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey wrote:

"It is with great pleasure that I may recommend any classes that Joan Snipes would conduct. Joan presented a class here at Tenacre for the New Views Ministry on Hezekiah. Her organizational skills were wonderful and the quality of her presentation was superb. We received many appreciative responses to her class, and would invite her to return any time."

A Sunday School Superintendent, wrote:

"Our Sunday School at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Camden, Maine has been hosting workshops for our teachers and members for the past two years. During that time, we invited Joan Snipes to facilitate a workshop based on teaching the Bible in Sunday School.

"The workshop was fantastic! Joan was able to open up the Bible in new ways for us and share wonderful ideas for helping our students better explore the Bible. The response from the participants was extremely positive, and I've since been asked if we could invite her back from another workshop.

"I found her style very warm and familial, yet she was extremely professional and knowledgeable. She was comfortable fielding questions and has an obvious love for teaching.


Sunday School Superintendent
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Camden, Maine"

Dr. Russell D. Robinson, author of "Teaching the Scriptures" noted:

"An hour or a day or more with Joan Snipes will enrich your Bible knowledge and understanding. She brings to the subject careful study and research and her enthusiasm for sharing and learning more. You may be sure that your time with her will be rewarding."

A Sunday School teacher writes:

I attended Joan Snipes's Bible workshop on Hezekiah this past September and continue to feel the inspiration each week as I prepare for my fourth grade Sunday School class. Hezekiah came alive for all of us that morning, but even more important -- we came to know that the Bible is so accessible to all of us and especially the children.

Besides illuminating the story of Hezekiah with fascinating detail, she shared tips on asking questions and structuring class time. She also shared a bibliography of wonderful books on the Bible to aid in our study both with the children and on our own.

Best of all, was to be taught by a teacher who just is alight with her love of the Bible. Each week since the workshop, it has been a joy for me to delve in the Bible stories with the joy of making new discoveries and then, to look forward to sharing them with my class. Thank you, Joan!

Libby Steckler
Greenwich, CT
October 2003

Arden Wood would heartily recommend one of Joan Snipes's Bible programs at
your location. She presented two topics for us as a part of our Focus
on the Bible series--Four Godly Kings of Judah and Women Prophets.

Then at the end of the day, she took extra time to lead a small group
discussion and sharing of favorite Bible study books and Sunday School
teaching techniques in our Bible Research Library.

Joan's style of presentation is comfortable and engaging. She
generously shares her inspiration and teaching experiences. Her
enthusiasm in teaching the Bible to children all ages is phenomenal!

Valerie Fitzsimmons
Arden Wood, Inc.

November 2003

"Solid historic context of Old Testament people and events combined with conveying contemporary teaching methods, plus humor and joy."
Rick Byquist, Sunday School Superintendent, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Montclair, NJ and Jr. High School teacher in South Bronx, NY.

As Clerk and a sometimes Sunday School teacher and a retired public high school teacher, I attended the workshop Joan Snipes presented to First Church of Christ, Scientist, Reston, Virginia. I was absolutely delighted at the joyous manner she displayed in presenting ideas and materials on teaching the Bible to children of various ages. In addition to 'book knowledge' she added some personal insights gathered during a tour of the Holy Land. I have a copy of her book, and it contains teaching hints that parallel the style currently used in public schools. It does appear to me that such an approach enables the student to realize that the Bible is indeed 'up-to-date' and modern for the challenges of today's life. I cannot imagine any one not benefiting from her style and knowledge given in a workshop.

Sincerely, Mary Helen Hillman

Joan Snipes is a joyous and captivating speaker! Her method of using Bible research and history to illustrate larger spiritual points was very practical and helped our Sunday School teachers rethink the importance of Biblical research and its relevancy to teaching. After our workshop, we all came away more inspired.

Lu Kuhlmann
West Dundee IL

Comments taken from evaluation forms regarding Joan's Bible workshops:

"Joan [has] excitement and...[a] gracious teaching style. I loved the sense of getting to BE in Sunday School!"

"Joan has a great presentation style: mannerisms, voice, poise -- everything. And love!"

"Reignited love of hearing and telling the stories (accounts) of the Bible!"

"Joan's enthusiasm spurs continued study of Bible."

"The presentation NEVER left me uninterested."

"[Joan] acquaint[ed] us with valuable Bible reference books."

"I thought your workshop was fabulous. Learned so much."

Bible workshops given include:

In 2000:
Camden, Maine;
St. Charles, MO;
Reston, VA;
Tenacre Foundation - Princeton, NJ -

In 2001:
Shepherdstown, WV;
Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA;
Glendora, CA;
Springfield, IL;
Elgin, IL;
Springdale, Arkansas;

In 2002:
Arden Wood in San Francisco, CA;
Lynn House in Alexandria, VA;

In 2003:
Lynn House in Alexandria, VA;
Glenmont in Hilliard, Ohio;
Lynn House in Alexandria, VA;
Washington, DC;
Portland, Maine;
Towson, Maryland;
St. Louis, MO;
Mystic, CT;
Greenwich, CT;
Springfield, VA;
Montclair, NJ;
London, England.

In 2004:
Lake Oswego, OR;
Berwyn, PA;
State College, PA;
Lynn House in Alexandria, VA;
Scottsdale, AZ;
Mt. Lebanon, PA;
Haddonfield, NJ;
Arden Wood in San Francisco;
Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA;
Mystic, CT;
Harrisburg, PA;
Calgary, Canada;
Concord, NH;
Dover, NH;
Woking, Surrey, England;
Poole, Dorset, England;
Newcastle upon Tyne, England;
Altrincham, England;
Birmingham, England.

In 2005:
New Orleans;
Fayetteville, AR;
Elyria, OH;
Lansing, MI;
South Bend, IN;
Hill Top Center in Illinois;
Lake Oswego, Oregon.

In 2006:
Tampa Bay, Florida;
St. Petersburg, Florida;
Lake Wales, Florida;
Jacksonville, Florida;
Austin, Texas;
New Braunsfel, Texas;
Bakersfield, California;
Laguna Niguel, California;
Vista, California;
Los Angeles, California;
Reno, Nevada;

In 2007:
Jacksonville, Florida;
Shepherdstown, West Virginia;
Reston, Virginia;
Denver, Colorado;
Bothel, Washington;
Crystal Lake Camps in Pennsylvania;
Camps Owatonna and Newfound in Maine;
Raleigh, North Carolina.
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