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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.

Can we help you? Can you help us?


‘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

Are you excited about the project and would like to help?

Do you have members of your congregation who would like to see children experience great Bible stories?

Are you a teacher who has struggled to find Bible-related assembly material? Would you like storytellers to take an assembly once a week?


  • One Way UK – Puppet and Creative Arts Ministry Festival 30 & 31 October 2015

    Bob Hartman is also attending! If you have not see Bob in action this is a great opportunity to do so!

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    CRE Eastbourne Pop-up 2015

    This is a one day exhibition so make the most of finding out about Open the Book. Speak to Julie and Val, they will have all the information you need to start up a team in your local primary school.

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    CRE Midlands - NEC Birmingham 2015

    Come along and visit us on the Bible Society stand. We will have free stickers for teams and we'd really like to hear your news!

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  • Envision Day - Jersey

    This is our first visit to Storytellers in Jersey. We will be sharing our news, tips and ideas on several requested subjects, plus having some fun! Don't forget to invite a friend so they too can find out all about our programme. We will be ending our day with chat, tea and cake! Looking forward to meeting you all. Val and Cathy

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    Initial Training Day - Brownhills, West Midlands

    An opportunity for anyone interested in starting Open the Book in their local primary school to find out how it works, get ideas on how to present and have a go!

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    Survey results

    Results revealed that 90% of the 165 schools who responded agreed that Open the Book raised spirituality among the children, with 29% of those going further to state that it had a positive impact on the children’s maturity, understanding and overall response to life. And 88% of the non-faith schools agreed that OtB had a positive influence on the children’s spirituality, with 23% of those agreeing most definitely.

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  • Fond farewell to Dianne

    Open the Book say a fond farewell to Dianne Brookes, who was instrumental in developing the project into a national programme, but who has now decided to leave the programme in safe hands. Dianne shares her story…

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    New team training - Upton St Leonards

    An opportunity for anyone interested in finding out about Open the Book in their local primary school how it works, ideas on how to present and have a go!

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    New team Training Day - Swindon

    An opportunity for anyone interested in finding out about Open the Book in their local primary school, how it works, ideas on how to present and have a go!

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