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Opening up the Bible to Barrow's children

An ambitious project has been launched to take dramatised Bible stories into all of Barrow’s primary schools.


Volunteers from the town’s St Paul’s Church in Abbey Road have joined together to form an ‘Open the Book’ group.

They use drama, mime, props and costumes to help act out stories from the Bible.

The idea was first sparked after St Paul’s members Maureen Aubrey and Elaine Bates and vicar Rev Derek Price went to a story-telling training day.

They then set up the local group, with help from the national charity ‘Open the Book’.

Maureen Aubrey said: “Three years on, we have gained confidence. I still can’t sing. I still mix up the actions to the songs, but the enthusiasm is still there.

“I still enjoy the Storyteller Bible and the way God challenges me personally, through the simplicity of the presentations.

“Our group is still very small, people join us and others leave, but this allows us to involve more children in acting out the stories.”

Each session includes 10 minutes of drama followed by a question and answer session and fits within school assembly time. There is no charge to schools.

Dane Ghyll Primary School is one that the team visits regularly.

Headteacher Garry Schofield said: “In terms of educational benefit for our children it’s been great.

“It’s given our pupils the ability to learn about the Bible, the history of the Bible and the prophets and everything to do with Christianity.

“All our pupils, including Hindu, Muslim, Christian and non-Christian children, have enjoyed the sessions.”

Now the plan is for the scheme to be rolled out to primary schools across the whole of the Deanery of Barrow.

Maureen Aubrey added: “As a Deanery we are working towards building enough teams in Barrow to be able to offer ‘Open the Book’ to all the primary schools in the town.

“The St. Paul’s team have also been asked to take the ‘Jesus stories’ into one of our retirement homes. We plan to visit this home on a monthly basis in 2013.”

Rev Gary Cregeen, Rural Dean of Barrow, said: “Many of the primary schools in Barrow are keen to build links with the wider community and by creating a number of ‘Open The Book’ Teams, made up of people from churches across Barrow, we hope to develop these links.

“This is a simple and enjoyable way to tell stories from the Bible in a meaningful and fun manner. I heartily support this venture. It’s good news for our local schools and churches.”


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.


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