Open The Book in Bristol Awareness week 12th-19th february 2017

There are teams from local churches going into schools across the Bristol region. They present the bible in an accessible way that is enjoyable for the pupils to participate in.

Its been a privilege for us at Müller's to see Open the Book used in schools across Bristol. We sent 4 questions to our local church partner teams to find out more about what they do and what they find exciting about delivering the stories in schools.

Open the Book is part of the Bible society. Background photos throughout the blog are from Open the Book National website

Mustard Tree Community Church

1) When did your Open the Book team first go into schools?

We went into the local school in September 2015. Fortnightly. KS1, and then immediately followed by KS2 on Thursday mornings.

2) What has been your favourite Bible story/best moment in school?

One highlight was when the school children who came early to be part of the drama, had memorised their lines, and were even testing to hear how loudly they'd need to speak to be heard at the back of the hall. They took the role so seriously and were an inspiration. Generally the stories work really well and are fun to enact, and to do that with children volunteers as well as getting the 'audience' to participate.

3) What was the best prop you've created/used?

Somebody made the front of a boat for us.

4) What would your top tip be for any local churches who may be considering taking Open the Book into their local school?

Try and get the school to: Have KS1 and KS2 back to back so you only gather and deliver once. After your assembly, prep the next one so that you don't have a separate meeting. Ask the school for volunteers to help you deliver the story. Work hard at really understanding what the message of the story is - and deliver this well both in the top and tail.

Pendennis Good News Church

1) When did your Open the Book team first go into schools?

We've been going in since April 2016. The school love having our assemblies, they even invited us in to do an extra one for their Harvest Assembly in the Autumn.

2) What has been your favourite Bible story/best moment in school?

Our favourite story so far has been Joseph the dreamer! The children love being involved. 11 brothers wearing tea towels on their heads and we borrowed 2 camel costumes for the traders.

Pendennis Good News Team telling the story of Joseph

3) What was the best prop you've created/used?

We laugh a lot during rehearsal, and we know the kids are remembering the stories, because they tell us. At Christmas we had a photo booth at the community parade 'Christmas on the Hill ' and some kids recognised us and told us how much they enjoy the Open the Book stories.

4) What would your top tip be for any local churches who may be considering taking Open the Book into their local school?

My top tip for people considering going into school is....Don't worry that your acting skills aren't good enough. We have got less nervous, more creative and braver. We all bring different skills and abilities, and some teachers are often keen to join if we need them.

Pendennis Good News Team sharing the Nativity Story

Ebenezer Church

1) When did your Open the Book team first go into schools?

We first went into the local school in September 2014.

2) What has been your favourite Bible story/best moment in school?

Seeing the children punch the air with joy when they realised we were back to give an assembly.

3) What was the best prop you've created/used?

The most useful has been a ginormous piece of brown sheeting that is used from everything from a boat to a screen. The most impact has been a painted scene of a crowd watching Jesus - as the children love to spot different expressions on the faces.

4) What would your top tip be for any local churches who may be considering taking Open the Book into their local school?

Invest time and energy into the presentations – the more lively and funny we have been able to make the stories, the more the children enjoy and remember them. It may seem like a lot of work for a short assembly, but if done well, the children will remember it always, so it’s worth the investment!

St. Stephens

1) When did your Open the Book team first go into schools?

We first went in 18 months or so ago first termly and as trust built between us we are now visiting monthly and about to set up a Prayer Space.

2) What has been your favourite Bible story/best moment in school?

Our best Story so far has been David and Goliath.

3) What was the best prop you've created/used?

The best prop was a boat for Peter walking on water.

4) What would your top tip be for any local churches who may be considering taking Open the Book into their local school?

Top Tip, DO IT! Don’t be afraid about minimal props the children are transfixed whatever you offer and always keen to get involved. We have been cheered across the playground as we arrive with Props and you feel like you have achieved something really important by 9.30 in the morning!

Open the Book is part of the Bible society. Background photos throughout the blog are from Open the Book National website

www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/open-the-book/

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