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Open the Book


This is an initiative run by the Bible Society to help to bring the Bible to life for children at school in their primary years.

And in the Diss Team Ministry we have a group! Since June 2015 we have been going into assemblies at Diss Junior School and North Lopham Primary School every half term to read and act a Bible story. The stories are written for us and we have a narrator, usually Gill, and a cast of 3 or 4 including Basil, Rosemary, Richard, Angie and Mary who act out the stories. We dress up with cloaks, crowns and tunics with various props for support, the most spectacular being real bulrushes when used when we read The Secret Baby (Moses in the bulrushes).

In September 2015 we had a workshop day when made belts, hemmed cloaks and practiced the stories.

In December we performed a nativity play which was great fun and we sourced a wedding dress, from a charity shop, for the angel and also found a spectacular set of wings. David and Goliath (see pictures) was very much enjoyed by the children and when Solomon The Wise King, threatened to divide a baby in half it drew gasps from the children. But the most important thing is that children are engaging in our stories; they are listening; they are hearing the stories. This may be the only time in their childhood that they ever come across the Bible and the stories that form the backbone of our heritage.

We would very much welcome more volunteers to join the group. You don’t have to learn any lines only stand around as one of the ‘kings men’ or a ‘princess’ or maybe read the story for us. It doesn’t matter what age you are or height! Our stalwart lady at over 80 mined a convincing role as Goliath! We are also looking for people who can sew and seek our props. If you would like more information please contact Wendy tel: 01379 640073 or email revwendydisstm@gmail.com