Open the Book reaches 2000 schools

Two thousand registered primary schools are now taking part in Open the Book and over 400 schools have registered for the scheme since October 2014. There are now over 11,000 volunteer Bible storytellers going into schools across the UK.

Open the Book began in Bedford in 1999. It’s a three-year rolling programme of themed and dramatised Bible stories, which are presented by teams of volunteers free of charge to primary schools. Volunteers present Bible stories in primary schools in an accessible and enjoyable way and provide a resource that assists schools in meeting their statutory collective worship obligations.

In 2013 Open the Book became part of Bible Society in a bid to expand the project to more schools. James Catford, Group CEO of Bible Society said: ‘This is an amazing achievement and Bible Society is thrilled that 2000 primary schools are now taking part in Open the Book.

'The Bible’s contribution to our culture – language, literature, the visual arts and music – is immense. The Bible enriches life, and every child should have the opportunity to experience it.'

Open the Book programme coordinator, Dianne Brookes, said the 2000 school target had been achieved much faster than expected. She said: ‘Good news travels fast. Open the Book is exactly the type of good news that people like to tell others about. It’s easy to get involved and great fun to do.’

Open the Book is one way Bible Scoiety is working to Pass on Bible stories to children who otherwise might never hear them. Find out more about how you can get involved with Open the Book. 

The latest addition to our Pass it On Campaign is a collection of Bible stories retold by five of Britain’s greatest storytellers. The book has been created to answer the call from parents and children alike to know more about Bible stories and keep them alive for future generations.  

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