A team of volunteers from the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale have recently been taking Bible stories into Folly Hill School and Badshot Lea Village School using props, costumes and drama under a scheme called “Open the Book”.
Sandra Hall, who worships at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, and leads the team said:
“ ‘Open the Book’ is a project which aims to enable every child to hear the story of the Bible in their primary years. It offers a programme presenting Bible stories in a lively way that is also carefully structured to suit Collective Worship. There is a rolling programme over three years of about 100 stories based on the Lion Storyteller Bible, together with a reflection and prayer, all approved by Ofsted.”
Chris Green, the Headteacher at Folly Hill School said,
“The children really look forward to visits from the ‘Open the Book’ team. The way the stories are presented bring the Bible to life. The stories also help with other learning in the school. The Garden of Eden story lent itself to discussions about the environment and how we should look after it.”
Parish Priest The Revd. Lesley Crawley said:
“This project is great fun, the kids love it, the adults love it, there are gasps of amazement and peals of laughter. The Bible Stories are brought to life in a memorable way and we feel it is really important that this generation of children know the Bible stories, not only is our faith based upon them, but so is much of our culture. If anyone who is a Christian of any denomination would like to join our merry band then ring me on 01252 820537 or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.”