Children

Open the Book

Created by the Bible Society, Open the Book is a project which offers the opportunity for primary school children to hear the major stories of the Bible by the time they reach their final year. Initially, all the stories are taken from “The Lion Story Teller Bible”, with supplementary material in later years.

Teams of adults from across the Uplands Benefice, work on a rota to deliver the stories during Collective Worship. The stories take about 10 minutes to deliver and a handbook guides the team with what to say.

What makes “Open the Book” so enjoyable is that the children have the chance to take part in the stories! Teams take in costumes and props so that children can dress up. This really brings the Bible stories alive.

We are delighted that our Uplands “Open the Book” are visiting Guilsborough Primary School, Great Creaton Primary School, Spratton Primary School and Spratton Hall School.

Open the Book fulfils Church School Inspection and OFSTED requirements for Collective Worship and has been used in a multi-faith context successfully.

If you would like to observe an Open the Book presentation, would like to join a team or help make costumes or props, please contact our Administrator.

 

Prayer Spaces in Schools

“Prayer Spaces in Schools” seeks to develop and nurture children’s’ spirituality, by providing a range of activities in which they can experiment with different forms of prayer. These activities follow the pattern of inward, outward and upward prayer. Furthermore, “Prayer Spaces in Schools” provides a secure and relaxed forum where children can explore Christian values, such as forgiveness and saying sorry; it helps them to articulate and address issues that worry them; to think about other people in the wider world; to develop a relationship with God.

So far, two sessions of “Prayer Spaces in Schools” have been successfully run in local schools. The first session of “Prayer Spaces” was based on Easter and the second was specifically designed to support Year 6 school leavers in their move to secondary school.

 

The Golden Ticket Initiative

The Golden Ticket Initiative is designed by the Peterborough Diocese to help Year 6 pupils in their transition from primary school to secondary school. Having built up a relationship between the church and the children, for example through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces in Schools”, it enables the church to keep in contact with the young people once they move on, by offering them fun activities every two months.

At the Year 6 Leavers’ Assemblies, a Golden Ticket was tucked inside a gift book for each pupil. In the first instance, the ticket invited former Year 6 pupils to a Pizza Party in September. This proved so successful that, at the young people’s request, a disco is to be offered in November. Further activities will be offered in consultation with the Year 7 pupils.

It is hoped that this initiative will be rolled out to succeeding Year 6 groups, building relationships between the church and the young people and creating a foundation for regular youth work in the future.

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