For over 200 years Bible Society has been working to bring the Bible to life; to help people around the world engage with it, relate to it, and make sense of it.
For us, this means specifically the work of the Open The Book Team, led by the Revd Barbara Mapley, on behalf of Churches Together in Faringdon. Every fortnight, as part of a carefully designed programme, the team acts out a Bible story for over 500 children in three performances. We use a collection of Bible stories specially written for performance, with the full approval of OFSTED and SIAMS for presentation in schools across our multi-faith country. Currently, there are over 2500 schools nationwide on the programme.
For the charity, the aim of the mission to bring the Bible to life drives a huge range of activities. In some parts of the world, bringing the Bible to life focuses on translation and distribution projects. Elsewhere it focuses on leadership training, or literacy programmes, or interfaith dialogue. Closer to home, in England and Wales, it focuses on advocacy effort, schools outreach and devotional resources.
The Bible Society is doing everything it can to help individuals and communities to engage with the Bible because we believe that when they do, lives can change – for good.