Outlook Issue 26 Winter 2018
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Open the Book
Open the Book offers primary school children an opportunity to hear stories from the Bible during school assembly. It is now a national organisation, overseen by The Bible Society. Here in Woodbridge it is presented by a team from Churches Together. Our local team visits each of our three primary schools three times a term. We use the prescribed text from the Lion Storyteller Bible, and there are carefully crafted guidelines as to how we introduce the story, enact it, and then offer a prayer at the end. Most of our stories are enacted using ‘Biblical dress’, though occasionally we may use modern dress. Whenever the story allows, we ask for children to come and help us as part of the acting, something they clearly enjoy. Suitable music is sometimes played as the children walk into assembly and sometimes they sing a song for us. Occasionally we are recognised by a child in the Thoroughfare! We find that Open the Book visits are an incredibly rewarding use of time. Pictured L/R: Sue Smith-Lyte, Sarah Woolstencroft and Val English, telling the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Old Testament Book of Ruth. Val English How about joining the Guides? Our new programme has arrived, with new topics, new skills and new ways for girls to broaden their horizons. It retains fun and variety, while there are still plenty of badges to earn. We are pleased to share with you some recent glimpses of summer outdoor activities. Meeting regularly at St Mary’s Church Centre are two Rainbow Units, plus Brownies, Guides and Rangers. While we have a few vacancies for girls, we would also welcome more adult support – as Leaders, or Helpers. If you would like to find out more, including for girls (from 5-18), please go to https://www.girlguiding.org.uk and register your interest. Involvement with the movement goes down very well on CVs. We look forward to hearing from you! L/R: Bug hunting; Pioneering at Cardboard Box Camp; Tug-of-War