With less than 5% of children attending church regularly, over four million children are missing out on hearing Bible stories every week.
Open the Book was founded in 2006 (with help from Scripture Union) to meet that need. It’s a Bible storytelling programme that facilitates teams of volunteers from individual or groups of churches to go into their local primary school and deliver a ten-minute act of collective worship/assembly to support teachers and pupils. Currently, the programme helps over 2,600 primary schools across the country to act out Bible stories – from Genesis to the Ascension – with the children.
St Mary’s Church of England primary school in Cheltenham hosts Open the Book on a regular basis. Matt Fletcher, the school’s executive head teacher, says it is something that plays a vital role in the life of the school.
‘Open the Book supports our Christian values as a whole school. The stories come to life.’
‘The children love the storytelling. They love it as a performance and they love seeing their friends involved. Children like a story and these are great stories. It’s been a great success.’
Julie Jefferies, Open the Book’s Development Manager, says ‘Every day, we get new enquiries from primary schools wanting to set up Open the Book. So we’re urgently looking for more church-based groups to help meet this need in their local communities.’
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