After nearly four years of waiting due to the Coronavirus pandemic and other delays, Baptist churches at Abertillery, with Churches Together, returned to the local junior schools with The Bible Exhibition by ‘Open Air Mission.’
This year’s exhibition was telling the story of the Book of Acts beginning with the Easter story and taking the classes through to the Apostle Paul’s house arrest in Rome. The volunteers dressed in some impressive costumes to retell the story as if they were the characters themselves. Then the youngsters tested their knowledge in a quiz. One of the questions was: ‘How do you learn all your lines.’ This created an opportunity to give the simple testimony: ‘We don’t learn them, we know them because we’ve been bought up believing them.’ Another answer was: ‘We’ve learned about Peter and Paul from the Bible but when we tell you about Jesus, we talk of someone we know because he isn’t dead but alive!’
One teacher commented:
“The Revd. Jonathan Forman and his team kindly delivered the Bible Exhibition to our Key Stage 2 learners (7 to 11-year -olds) over the course of a week, offering the opportunity to visit the local churches and to enjoy a school visit. The children were engaged throughout, enjoying the role-play and listening intently to the story that was shared. This was followed by a well-structured ‘treasure hunt’ for answers, with small groups of learners accessing the information via posters and pictures. This experience provided enrichment and interest to our Humanities sessions, and supported our work on the Easter Story, helping to make this celebration valuable and meaningful to the children.”
The Bible Exhibition ran from 27-30 March.