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Getting acquainted with the Bible’s stories

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28 March 2014

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From the Revd Jenny Francis

Sir, - Your report "Bible story 'could be lost'" (News, 14 February) sadly confirmed what many of us ancients suspected: that a significant proportion of children and parents are ignorant of the much-loved Bible stories with which we were brought up.

Your report referred to the Bible Society's new campaign, "Pass It On", which encourages parents to read such Bible stories to their children, clearlysomething to be encouraged. It did not mention, however, the very successful Open the Book project, begun in 1999 by parents who, recognising the same phenomenon, decided to act.

It is now a national project that aims to "enable every child to hear the story of the Bible at schoolin their primary years". It relies on teams of volunteers from local churchesto present the stories in an attractive and engaging way. Because of its clear structure and inbuilt safeguards, it has been approved as an acceptable form of worship for use in school assemblies, thus helping head teachers to carry out their statutory duty.

Last September the trustees announced a new and welcome partnership with the Bible Society, as their shared vision and resources will bring mutual benefits.

"Open the Book" and "Pass It On" are imaginative and timely initiatives that deserve the support and prayers of us all.

JENNY FRANCIS
East Forches, Alexandra Road
Crediton, Devon EX17 2DH

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