What is Open the Book?
It is an opportunity for our children to hear the major Bible stories; they are presented chronologically and thematically over a three year cycle. The stories are delivered by a team of volunteers from our local Churches during our Wednesday morning assembly.
In year 1 all the stories are taken from the Lion Storyteller Bible written by Bob Hartman, and give an overview of the Bible from Creation to the Ascension. Years 2 and 3 take a more modular approach and each module consists of five stories clustered around a theme. For these years, additional stories are provided by the Open the Book Bible Storybook, to supplement those from the Lion Storyteller Bible.
The stories are shared using a variety of storytelling methods and begin with an introduction to ensure the story is placed in context. There is also an opportunity for guided quiet reflection. This gives the children time to reflect on some aspect of the story or on something which relates directly to them or their friends. This is then followed by a short closing prayer which the children are then invited to make their own by joining with the “Amen” at the end.
We aim to present the stories in an enjoyable and imaginative way and all the children have the opportunity to participate with actions and words that they are encouraged to join in with. Class 4 also have the added opportunity of taking on various acting roles within the stories, including the chance to dress for the part too.