Open the Book

Open the Book is a series of primary school assemblies presenting Bible stories in a concise and engaging way. The Bible stories are retold using the Lion Storyteller Bible written by Bob Hartman. To add interest, they are presented by a small team, varying the voices, and using simple costumes and props and often the help of a few children..

There is a well-established Open the Book team in Reigate, working regularly at Sandcross School, and we now have a Redhill team as well. Led by Carol Harland and supported by Lindsey Hardwick from SparkFish, the team made its debut at St Matthew’s School early in 2020, and was then silenced by the pandemic. Happily, we have re-emerged this term. We recently told the story of creation as part of the school’s harvest assembly, and we will be in action again in November.

It is a joy to share stories which mean so much to us with hundreds of children for whom they are a fresh source of wonder, reflection and inspiration. It is also good to work with people from other churches.

Once established at St Matthew’s, our hope is to visit other local schools too if we gather enough enthusiastic members. If you would like to know more, email the SparkFish office in the first instance at We would love to hear from you.

Paul Taylor

SparkFish Trustee

Having been Youth Pastor at St Johns, Old Coulsdon for 6yrs, I moved to Horley Team
Ministry at the end of February 2020.

As a Pioneer Worker I was expecting to get known in the North Horley community
(particularly The Acres) through working in local schools and putting on interesting events.
I’m used to doing lessons and Assemblies every day and as a Lay Reader (Licensed Minister)
I can also take services and other roles in the Parish.

But that was not to be! I was Furloughed in the first Lockdown and then in September allowed to work
– but not doing the things I was used to doing. Thankfully there were practical jobs in the churchyard and
a few services to help with – but mostly all I could do was cycle around the area praying for
“harmony in these homes, protection from Covid19 and fields ripe for a Harvest”. I prayed that a lot!

When I was appointed, I was told about Sparkfish and that there would be a support for me
there. I met with Lyndsey then Harriet, so got a helpful overview of the Sparkfish operation.
But with schools in Horley closed to me, there didn’t seem to be much of an opportunity.
But wait! we’ve all had to adapt over this period and Boom! Sparkfish started producing
videos that could be used in schools and they invited me to be a part of them! This was
far better than anything I could have produced and the schools were grateful – so good!

Another team I work with is Walk Through the Bible – I’ve been an Old Testament and New
Testament Presenter for 15 years (aimed at Yr. 5&6 there are 5 one hour sessions that
teach a time line and overview of each Testament – kids love it, teachers love it – so good!)
and have been a ‘Presenter Trainer’ several times too. In July 2021 I had the privilege of
taking 4 Sparkfish Workers through the OT Presenter Training (pretty intense 3 days) and so
now we have 4 more great folk in the “Walk Through Team” – ready to go, as soon as we
are allowed to – may God Bless us all!

The Sparkfish Team have become my friends and we communicate a lot – I’m looking
forward to working with Sparkfish more as the momentum picks back up – who knows what
we’ll get up to – but if it brings Glory to God, I’m in!

Thanks for all the prayer and support,


Pioneer Worker & Lay Minister: Horley Team Ministry

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