When Open the Book presented their work to the Durham Diocese Synod there was a great response.
WELCOME TO OPEN THE BOOK
Enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years.
Children love stories – especially Bible stories when they’re interactive, engaging and fun.
Open the Book began in 1999 and since then thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories, during assembly and collective worship.
Today, so many children could miss out on the great classic stories from the Bible – Noah, Daniel and the life of Jesus could be closed chapters if youngsters don’t get an opportunity to engage with the Bible.
That’s why Open the Book is so important. It’s a three-year rolling programme of themed and dramatised storytelling at no charge to primary schools. Teams of volunteers throughout the country use drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves – to present the Bible stories in lively and informative ways.
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‘The stories actually make us laugh – and you wouldn’t have thought Bible stories were funny. It makes you smile because of how amazing the stories are.’
Darcey, aged 10
‘I like doing the acting with Open the Book because we do different things every week. My best story was the one with the giant, where the boy throws stones at the giant. I have never heard these stories before, but they are really good.’
Isabelle, aged 7
How does the wider Bible Society movement make biblical parables relevant to children today? The Hellenic Bible Society’s response is proving extremely popular with both Greek children and adults.
Margaret Gillespie, Leader of Open the Book team at St Margaret's, Leicester, explained, ‘We recently arrived at Fosse School for our regular assembly to be told there was an Ofsted inspection – so we had an inspector sitting in on the assembly!’
Open the Book has been launched in eight schools in Bristol – and new storytellers received a free copy of The Lion Storyteller Bible thanks to a £500 grant.