Open The Book

Open the Book here in Westoning

In 1999, a small group of church volunteers started going into 30 primary schools in Bedford to read and act out stories using the Lion Storyteller Bible. After being inspired by this, the project spread further into Bedfordshire, then Gloucestershire in 2001. Later, in 2007 a national charity was formed. In 2000 OTB started in Westoning thanks to Rev Margaret Bettis and church volunteers.

Now, OTB is celebrating its 20th year anniversary nationally and 19th year here in Westoning. We are blessed to have strong links with the school so that the OTB team from Church can provide the children the opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible. We present the stories during assemblies, as well as welcoming school to church for Harvest, Christmas, Easter and a Special Leavers Service for year 4s. There is a 3 year rolling programme of 30 stories each with additional stories based on Christian Values. Every Wednesday we are greeted by very excited children, especially the year 4 pupils, as they often take part in playing various characters. We start with a song, perform the story with various brightly coloured costumes and props and conclude with a short prayer. We hopefully make the stories fun and exciting and the children take in the learning from each story. We are often amazed and pleased to hear what children remember and are impressed by their willingness to take part.

The team at the moment includes:

Diane Barnes

Linda Little

Peter Little

Paul Lovett

Chris Dewey

Eileen Scott

Fern Bailey

Nigel Washington

Joyce Bonner

Phil Bonner


If you would be interested in joining the team, please contact Diane Barnes 07703192211.


Bible Story/Event

Wed 1 May

The Helpful Servant

Wed 8 May

Snatched to Safety

Wed 15 May

Small King, Big Task

Wed 22 May

The Two Sons

Wed 29 May

Half Term

Wed 5 June

Be like me

Wed 12 June

The Bad Brother

Wed 19 June

The Runaway

Thurs 20 June

Trip to Wintershall – The Life of Christ with Year 4s

Wed 26 June

Spies in Canaan

Wed 3 July

Across the River

Wed 10 July

A brave and mighty man

Sun 7 July

OTB Church Service

Wed 17 July


Year 4 Leavers Service in church