Enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years
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A big thank you to everyone who ran an event or spread the news about OPEN THE BOOK with churches,, friends and family. Please note this will become an annual event. The dates for 2015 are 7th -14th February 2015 – plenty of time to plan something for next year!
Bible Society was established in 1804 to encourage the wider 'circulation and use' of the Scriptures. OPEN THE BOOK began in Bedford in 1999. It exists to enable every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years. It equips 8,500 volunteers serving 1,500 schools to present a regular programme of Bible storytelling in collective worship assemblies.
The move enables OPEN THE BOOK to sustain and expand its activity.
Commenting on the development, Bible Society Group Chief Executive, James Catford, said: "Bible Society is delighted to be reaching into primary schools with such a successful and expanding programme. Since its launch, Bible Society has been very supportive of OPEN THE BOOK in a number of practical and financial ways. We are delighted by the way in which its work has expanded so rapidly. The project has played an enormously significant role in the lives of children and I have no doubt that the stories of the Bible continue to live on in their lives as adults. We look forward to growing the mission of OPEN THE BOOK as part of Bible Society's wider mission to offer the Bible to the world."
OPEN THE BOOK Chairman of Trustees, Peter Le Roy, said: "OPEN THE BOOK has been delighted to discover such a sense of common purpose with Bible Society. Our mission and vision are so closely aligned. It was Bible Society's 'OPEN THE BOOK' Millennium initiative that helped to inspire the establishment of OPEN THE BOOK nearly 15 years ago. OPEN THE BOOK will greatly benefit from Bible Society's wide range of expertise, facilities, resources, respected national profile and cross-denominational network."
The merger of OPEN THE BOOK and Bible Society took effect on 1st September 2013.
"We are almost at the end of Year 2 at Sinnington School in North Yorkshire – and still enjoying it. The children tell their parents when we meet casually in the supermarket, for instance, that we are 'God's people'. How amazing!"
PART OF MINISTRY TRAINING - HELEN MATTER, DIOCESAN SCHOOLS' ADVISER SHARES WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IPSWICH
"OPEN THE BOOK continues to steam ahead here much to our delight. This year it has become an unexpected part of ministry training for all our new trainee clergy and also the featured presentation on readers' day. Di Barker is doing a good job of training for us and others are playing great supporting roles as ever."
"The OPEN THE BOOK assemblies are one of the most popular assemblies at school and the children really look forward to them and taking part. The children's knowledge of the Bible has increased considerably. Both the school and the churches continue to build a solid relationship and the children are benefitting from an excellent grounding in the Bible and really enjoying it at the same time."
After a training day at the Education centre in Guildford Diocese Beth and Charlotte found some free patterns for knitted beards. So if you are "young at heart", female or well shaven you may want to have a look at www.ravelry.com which is a free website you can join and get the beard patterns from. Happy knitting!
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