Open the Book training day
Friday February 28th
St Mark’s Church
?Interested in a highly-successful project designed to pass on Bible stories to the next generation?
?Want to be involved in your local primary school in a practical and useful way?
?Enjoy working in a team, reading stories out loud or maybe creating costumes and props?
‘Open the Book’ could be for YOU!
Join us for one of our training days
Come and investigate on your own, pay £6
Bring a friend and pay £10
Time: Registration 09:30 - Training 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bring a packed lunch
Questions about the day to: Irene Nickerson Tel. 01502 731066
The ‘Open the Book’ Project aims to:
• present the Bible in an accessible, enjoyable way
• enable every child to hear the story of the Bible during their primary years
• encourage links between schools and churches in a local context
• equip, encourage and enable adults to work with children in schools in an appropriate way
"Open the Book" began as a series of 30 Bible stories presented weekly in school assemblies. It was an initiative developed first in 1999 with the support of Churches Together in Bedford and offered free of charge to the local primary schools. Thousands of children across the country now hear Bible stories from ‘Open the Book’ teams. Around 1600 teams are in place nationally, including a number in East Anglia
The storyteller team for each school is made up of volunteers from local churches which are encouraged to work together. The storytellers have a “how-to-do-it” booklet written by an experienced teacher to reflect the nature of school assemblies and also a simple code of conduct which states that they agree to:
The stories are based on the Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman, a Bible story book recommended for use in RE in primary schools across Norfolk and Suffolk. The stories last about 8-10 minutes and give a 'snapshot' of the Bible from Genesis to Acts. There is now material for a 3 year programme
Many stories use high impact visual aids and simple drama. Props and costumes are made locally, often by older church members, and in some areas stored centrally and shared by several teams
You can find out more by visiting the Gloucester Diocese website or www.openthebook.net
• use the structure form of words given in the handbook
• liaise closely with their local school, for example, over timing
• prepare the stories to the best of their ability
• show respect & sensitivity to those of other faiths, and of none