Open the Book began in 1999 and now regularly reaches over half a million children with classic Bible stories during Collective Worship (often referred to as assemblies). Open the Book teams are made up of members of the local church or from several churches working in partnership who go into primary schools to deliver a 10 minute Bible story assembly. Some Birmingham schools are asking for Open the Book and more volunteers are needed to meet the demand.
Birmingham City Mission is facilitating an urban pilot scheme, whereby Open the Book are making subtle changes to their original programme in order to meet the needs of schools in urban areas where school communities are drawn from a variety of faith backgrounds. A series of training opportunities are being made available. The sessions are open to anyone interested in sharing Bible stories with children in Birmingham and the surrounding area.
‘Taster’ sessions last 60-75 minutes (depending on number of questions) and provide information about Open the Book. No prior knowledge of Open the Book is necessary.
• Tues 16th January 6.30pm – 7.45pm
• Mon 29th January 6.30pm – 7.45pm
• Tues 6th March 6.30pm – 7.45pm
Initial training sessions are from 9.15am to 3.15pm (with a 30 minute lunch break). Whilst prior attendance of a taster session can be useful, it is not essential. Completion of this training is sufficient for an individual to register as an Open the Book story teller.
• Tues 16th January 9.15am – 3.15pm
• Mon 29th January 9.15am – 3.15pm
• Tues 6th March 9.15am – 3.15pm
All courses take place at BCM HQ, 2 Langdon Street, Birmingham B9 4BP
‘Open the Book is a great project and pairing it with BCM’s vast knowledge about working in Birmingham’s diverse schools is incredibly valuable. After attending the training, I feel a lot more confident and excited about being a part of this new initiative.’ Lynn Braden, Pavilion Christian Community
Courses may be cancelled if insufficient people reserve places, so please book early.
To reserve your place email: email@example.com stating your name, the church you attend, and (if appropriate) the organisation you represent. It would be helpful of you would say a little about what involvement you have with children or outreach at present. Please also name any schools you have in mind where you would like to introduce Open the Book. Confirmation of your booking and directions will be sent to you.
If you have any queries, please telephone the BCM children’s team on 0121 766 6603 (option 3).