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‘I liked the story of Jonah and the whale… I remember Jonah was stuck in the whale and was shouting for help. It’s funner and more interesting to watch than just having people read the stories. You get more of a picture in your head, and it helps you understand the story. I want to bring my mum to see Open the Book, because I keep telling her about it and I wish she could come. I think other schools should have Open the Book, it would be really good to introduce it to other children. Maybe we could make Open the Book go into more schools?’

Grace, aged 8


If you’re excited about sharing Bible stories with school children, perhaps you’d like to be one of our storytellers?

You’ll be given all necessary promotional material, training and help – you just need to be able to commit to around one hour a week during term time. It doesn’t matter how old you are or which Christian church you belong to – you just need enthusiasm and a willingness to share the Bible.

Sounds fun? Read on.

Storyteller role description
Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader role description
How to start a team
Handbook 1 Sample
Christian Values Sample

As a volunteer you’ll be part of a team formed from one or more local churches, which will present Bible stories in school regularly, ideally weekly. The assembly/act of collective worship takes only 10 minutes but extra time is needed for rehearsing, planning and prayer. Don’t worry if you can’t give an hour every week as lots of teams operate rota systems, where you give us as much time as you are able.

The books used are:

  • The Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman
  • Open the Book Handbooks and Storybooks.

For copyright reasons each team member needs to buy their own copy of The Lion Storyteller Bible and the relevant Open the Book Handbook and Storybook.

DBS checked

It is essential that volunteers are DBS-checked, through their own churches. This will need to be confirmed to the team leader and directly to the school, if requested.

All Open the Book storytellers must agree to our Code of Practice.

Like to find out more? Get in touch and ask for a volunteer information pack or register a team today.

If you’d like to get involved but feel you can’t commit the time or energy to go into school, could you become a prayer supporter, or even support us financially?

New roles being recognised for Open the Book volunteers

We are currently developing a stronger network of volunteers who are supporting Open the Book in ways other than being Storytellers or Team Leaders. Download the New Role Summaries for Volunteers to see if you would like to be registered in one of these volunteer roles which you may already be doing.

The role summaries included are:

  • Area Co-ordinator (in a town, county or island - you may be heading up several teams already)
  • Volunteer Trainer (an experienced OtB person who delivers training to new teams)
  • Ambassador (maybe you already visit churches, events or workshops as a speaker)

Once we have formed the new structure with those of you who feel you are already doing one or more of these roles we will upload more detailed role descriptions for recruiting new people in 2017-18.

Please email us at with ‘New Roles’ as the subject title stating which role you would like to be registered for and why.


Open the Book Awareness Resources for 2017

Share the fun with other churches in 2017, to raise the profile of Open the Book (OtB) and encourage more people to get involved. If your team gives a demonstration in church or at a meeting people will see how easy it is and what fun it is. All we need are people to join us and spread the word. The following resources have been produced to help you create a whole service with extra children’s talk and activities, or use what you can for a short slot.

What can you do?

Think – How can you spread the OtB story to other churches or get new people to join your team?
Act – Save the Date and talk to your church leader – could you demonstrate a story, hold an exhibition to show photos or write an article for the church magazine/weekly sheet? Why not have a commissioning service for Storytellers?
Pray – ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’ Matthew 9.37–38 (ESV)

Download the following resources for your events:

Service Resources:

Sermon outline
Prayer of Thanksgiving
List of Potential Hymns
Commissioning words
Commissioning certificate
Children’s talk
Powerpoint for children’s talk

Children’s Activities:

Activity ideas for children
Answer Sheet 1 answers
Answer Sheet 1
Answer Sheet 2 answers
Answer Sheet 2
Answer Sheet 3 answers
Answer Sheet 3
Bible Bingo Template
Books in the Bible Bingo
Finger Puppets first Christmas
Finger Puppets Jesus special friends
Finger Puppets sad day
New Testament Bookmark
Old Testament Bookmark
Welsh Bookmark
Where in the Bible characters


Adnoddau Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth 12-19 Chwefror 2017

Mae'r Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth ar 12-19 Chwefror 2017 a rydym yn gofyn os byddech yn fodlon rhannu'r hwyl gyda eglwysi arall er mwyn codi proffil Agor y Llyfr (AyLl) ac i annog mwy o bobl i gymryd rhan.  Os bydd eich tÎm yn cyflwyno stori yn yr eglwys neu mewn cyfarfod bydd pobl yn gweld pa mor hawdd a faint o hwyl ydyw. Y cyfan sydd angen arnom yw i bobl ymuno gyda ni ac i ledaenu'r gair.  Mae'r adnoddau sy'n dilyn wedi eu cynhyrchu i'ch helpu i greu gwasanaeth cyfan gyda chyflwyniad a gweithgareddau i blant,  neu defnyddiwch beth chi'n medru am sesiwn byr.

Lawrlwythwch yr adnoddau sy'n dilyn i'ch digwyddiadau:

Ffeindio’r parau - Ble yn y Beibl
Mae’r gweithwyr yn brin  (i blant)
Pwerbwynt ar gyfer y sgwrs gyda'r plant
Syniadau gweithgaredd plant
Tystysgrif comisiynu
Llyfrnod Cymraeg
Taflen ateb 1
Taflen ateb 2
Taflen ateb 3
Y Comisiynu
stori pypedau bys 1
stori pypedau bys 2
stori pypedau bys 3


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