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Norfolk: Open the Book trains hundreds to tell Bible stories in schools

A celebration day in Norwich next month is planned to highlight the work of Open the Book ...

Hundreds of volunteers have been trained in Norfolk to go into local schools to tell Bible stories in classrooms and assemblies. A celebration day will be held on March 6 in Norwich to acknowledge the work of Open the Book.

Open the Book is an inspired way of enabling every child to hear the story of the Bible at school in their primary years. Teams of volunteers from local churches are trained and provided with three years’ worth of resources to present Bible stories in school assembles and classrooms. 

Irene Nickerson, the Open the Book co-ordinator for the Diocese of Norwich, has now trained more than 100 volunteers who regularly visit their local school to tell Bible stories.

All Open the Book teams are invited to a special celebration event at St Luke’s Church, New Catton on Thursday 6 March, when the national Open the Book ( team will be leading workshops on theatre skills, using puppets and being creative with scrap box props.

Bishop of Lynn the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick will lead a special commissioning service for all those involved in Open the Book. The day includes a two-course hot lunch and is also open to anyone interested in finding out about Open the Book.

"If a church asks me how they might best reach children, Open the Book is top of my list of activities that I recommend," says Mark Heybourne, Children, Youth and Families Development Manager in the Diocese of Norwich. "Children learn the Bible stores in a wonderfully inclusive and creative way and because of the quality of the storytelling, I believe they will remember and return to the stories for the rest of their lives."

The day costs £6 for one person, or two can come for £10. Book at

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