Bible Society says it is ‘thrilled’ that its initiative ‘Open the Book’, can now be found in 2000 registered primary schools, and that there are 11,000 volunteer Bible storytellers going into schools across the UK.
‘Open the Book’ is 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.
The volunteers use drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves. All storytellers agree to a strict code of conduct and follow the guidelines in the Open the Book handbook. Volunteers stick to the script and outline for each session and present the story simply, without addition or improvisation. They don’t teach or preach, but simply tell stories. They allow each story to speak for itself, liaise closely with schools and show respect and sensitivity to those of other faiths.
Last April was the sixth school session in which our ‘Open the Book’ teams have had the privilege of being welcomed into Kirkhill and Tomnacross Primary Schools. The ‘Open the Book’ team would echo the thoughts of Bob Hartman, author of the Storytellers Bible, who said “My hope……is that having seen God in these stories, your children will learn to trust God and to listen for God’s voice. And to love God in return.”
Bible Society concludes: “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.”