Reffley Community Primary School on the northern edge of Kings Lynn have requested fortnightly assemblies using ‘Open the Book’ materials.
However there is currently a lack of volunteer storytellers and costume makers. A training day on Saturday 26th May is being hosted so that people can find out more.
Rev Heather Berry of St Faith’s Church, Kings Lynn said: “At the moment there is no team available! I believe it is possible to provide one if Christians work together.
“For two years a team of volunteers, largely from St Faith's Church, has been going to Fairstead Primary School with Open the Book. Any new team could build on their experience.”
The ‘Open the Book’ Project began in 1999 as an initiative of Churches Together in Bedford. It aims to present the Bible in an accessible, enjoyable way to enable children to hear the story of the Bible during their primary years. It also seeks to encourage positive links between schools and churches. Around 1.600 ‘Open the Book’ teams operate nationally including a number in East Anglia.
The training event on Saturday 26th May, 9.30am – 3pm in the Gaywood Church Rooms, is free for people from Kings Lynn churches thanks to a grant made available from Churches Together in Kings Lynn. The training will be provided by the regional ‘Open the Book’ organiser.
‘Open the Book’ volunteers are provided with a “how-to-do-it” booklet written by an experienced teacher to reflect the nature of school assemblies with a simple code of conduct.
The stories are based on the Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman, a Bible story book recommended for use in RE in primary schools across Norfolk. The stories last about 8-10 minutes and give a 'snapshot' of the Bible from Genesis to Acts. There is material for a 3 year programme.
Many stories use high impact visual aids and simple drama. Props and costumes are made locally, often by older church members, and in some areas stored centrally and shared by several teams.
To book your place on the training course or to find out more contact Irene Nickerson on 01502 731066 or email Irene.Nickerson@rjt.co.uk.