Nearly 100 Open the Book storytellers from across the county gathered to celebrate two decades of Bible stories in schools recently.
For 20 years volunteer storytellers have been going into primary schools to dress up and act out the great stories of the Bible for pupils in ten minute assemblies.
Thirty children from eight local schools joined Bishop Jo and others at the Open the Book celebration held at St Andrew’s church, Goldsworth Park, Woking. The children came dressed up as their favourite Open the Book character. Many of them shared what they enjoyed about having Open the Book come into their school. “I like it when I have a different way of thinking about bible stories”, “when I get picked to take part”, “when visitors act really well and are confident enough to speak in front of the whole school” and (most importantly) “the prayers at the end”.
The national Head of Open the Book Julie Jeffries, and Bob Hartman, author of the Lion Storyteller Bible were at the session. Bob reminded the storytellers that Open the Book is all about, “sharing Bible stories with the next generation with playfulness and passion.”
Bishop Jo recommissioned the storytellers before everyone had a slice of celebration cake.
One volunteer wrote afterwards, “Our team members and school pupils had a really good time, felt very appreciated and enjoyed the delicious tea. Bob Hartman was a delight and inspirational. One team member particularly appreciated the opportunity to re-commit to the objectives of Open the Book and rededicate herself to the work.”
Here’s to the next two decades!