We are a small team of volunteers who deliver dramatised stories from the Bible to children in school. Over the last 2 years we have gone into several schools in Wednesbury but, as our larger team of volunteers lost members as a result of jobs, illness etc, we have had to reduce the number of schools we visit to make it more manageable. One of our regular schools is St John's C of E Primary Academy and another is Old Park Primary School. We are always made very welcome and value the relationship we have built up over time. In addition, Marg has gone into a nursery to read short simplified Bible stories to the children.
We have a lot of fun at our rehearsals, with lots of laughter. We value the support we give to each other, too. It is a rewarding experience for all of us. If anybody is interested in joining us please contact the church via the Contact page and Father Mark will pass on a message to us.
Bible Society filming During the summer of 2017 we were privileged to be chosen to be filmed by the Bible Society. As a result of this we are featured in a training video and training materials, banners and the Open the Book newsletter. More recently we were approached by Premier Christian magazine who wanted to included the team's activities in their 'Diary of a Church' article.
Here are some Tweets from the Bible Society Twitter account about Open the Book. They feature images and what we said during the filming we did with them and a quote from one of the pupils.
When the Church had a Christmas Tree festival in 2015, Marg suggested we make our own decorations for the Open the Book's tree. Here are some of them:
Meet members of the team, past and present, including Norman our puppet.
We always have fun when delivering the stories. This is a collection of some of them:
This is not something you see every day! The residents by the school must now be used to us arriving with all sorts of props.
TRAINING AT HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, OLD HILL On Saturday 29th September, Claire and Wendy represented our Open the Book team at Holy Trinity Church in Old Hill. Alan Darby invited us to join their training morning some weeks previously and asked if we could share ideas and take some props with us. We were given a lovely welcome from Lynn Satchell (Regional Training and Development Officer for the West Midlands), Alan Darby, his wife Dianne and the other members of their teams and visitors. We took a variety of clothes, backdrops and props. Everybody appeared to be impressed by them and were pleased to see that it doesn't always require a lot of difficult work to produce them. They loved our camels (of course - we wouldn't expect anything else from our stars!) and they were very well behaved, professional as always. The attendees were impressed by the simple tabard design used in a variety of materials to produce simple and effective costumes. They liked our rain maker and storm tube and took photos, saying they were going to purchase them. To be honest, they seemed to like all of our props. It was great to see that Open the Book are still using the training backdrops and video in which we are featured. (See the photos below that I took from the video shown during the morning.) We enjoyed some delicious refreshments; thank you to Dianne Darby and the rest of the team.