Open the Book!

the Open the Book team's nativity


Have you ever thought that children in schools might be missing out on what the Bible has to show them? They could go through their entire school life without ever learning about Adam and Eve, Noah, David, Jonah ... or even the life of Jesus and the stories of the New Testament.

Well, here in the Woodfield Team of Churches, we have an active OPEN THE BOOKgroup. In the last year, they have been visiting five schools: Measham CE Academy, Donisthorpe County Primary, Packington CE school, Newton Burgoland County Primary, Oakthorpe County Primary and  Snarestone CE school.  It has been a truly fulfilling and uplifting year for all bringing bible stories to the children. One of the group members writes:

"We have been truly overwhelmed and humbled with the response and welcome we have received.  The children look forward to our visits immensely and much progress can be seen in the questions the children ask. Our performances have included the Christmas story, Easter and Pentecost, Samuel and Eli, Abraham, Moses and the Burning Bush and Jeremiah with a new programme of bible stories each term. Currently we're dong the story of Ruth, and of David and Goliath" Take a look at the photos below to see what we get up to!

So what is OPEN THE BOOK?

OPEN THE BOOK offers a programme of themed and dramatised Bible stories at no charge to schools. Each session is around 10 minutes long and fits comfortably into assembly times.

Our team of volunteer storytellers uses drama, mime, props, and costume to present Bible stories in ways that are lively, engaging, informative ... and great fun for everyone involved!


OPEN THE BOOK began in Bedford in 1999, where a group of Christians first started presenting Bible stories in school assemblies. They were so well received that they were asked to return - again and again. Soon the word reached other schools and other areas, and OPEN THE BOOK began to grow from a local initiative into a much bigger national enterprise.

Since Open the Book became a national organisation in 2007 it has continued to grow at an encouraging rate. By 31st January 2013 there were 8,429 volunteers going into 1,473 schools.

And we are one of those teams!

OPEN THE BOOK is a favourite with everyone! Children, teachers, church leaders, parents... so many people have only good things to say about their experience of OPEN THE BOOK.






Our team rehearses for their performances on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. each week in term time at St Laurence's. Obviously they are then able to go into the schools at assembly times during the day. Would you be interested in joining in this enterprise? If so, do contact Vivien Elphick on No prior acting skills necessary, and no need to learn lines!


Scenes from David and Goliath






(Everyone in the team does have to have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Clearance, and we do have to take up references in accordance with our Safeguarding of Children Policy)








Children's activities
Webpage icon October Half term Ready Steady Stick
Webpage icon Saying thank you for food
Webpage icon School bag blessings
Webpage icon Little Fishes - the group for those of pre-school age
Webpage icon Ready Steady Stick in August - great fun was had
Webpage icon ready Steady Summer at Snarestone: the pictures
Webpage icon Discovering prayer - with your children
Webpage icon Youth event in Measham Church Hall
Webpage icon Sunday Club at Packington
Webpage icon Sunday Club at Normanton