Opening the Word across the generations

Published on: 22 August 2022

“Retirement was looming, and I needed a project with purpose and a sense of mission,” explains Irene Nicholson.

A flyer about Open the Book appeared at Hopton Primary school. This lively act of collective worship with a script and Bible stories, with quiet time for reflection and all-inclusive prayer is taken into school by groups of people from any local church. “That was 13 years ago!” reflects Irene. “Now two of us form the team together with the children who create the picture for the story and help to lead the worship.

“One light-bulb moment was when I monitored the worship as a foundation governor and asked a little boy what he thought about our telling of the story of The Good Shepherd. He said: ‘I was the shepherd in that Open the Book story. It made me feel protected because Jesus will look after all of his sheep.’ What a privilege!”

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