Bible Reading Raises Thousands for Christian Aid

Churches and schools from Chester and surrounding villages took part in ‘The Bible in a Day’ event at Chester Cathedral, raising £6,553.07 for the work of Christian Aid.

Teams of volunteers from each church and school prepared a section of Canon Trevor Dennis’s book, The Book of Books’ to be read in the Cathedral Refectory.  In 2003, when he was Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral, Trevor wrote The Book of Books: The Bible Retold, described at the time as ‘A deceptively simple and brilliantly imaginative retelling of the stories that make up the Bible.’  It was subsequently translated into five other languages.

With help at the start from members of the Christian Aid Group and the Cathedral congregation, and Elisabeth Forster, the wife of the Bishop of Chester, pupils from sixteen schools and members of eighteen churches read right through The Book of Books, from Genesis to Revelation, beginning at 8:00am and finishing at 8:45pm.

John Griffith, a Christian Aid Teacher says, ‘Having visited the schools to talk about the work of Christian Aid before the event, I thought it was great to see them engaging with the stories with such enthusiasm.’  Each of the schools and churches made a commitment to raise funds for Christian Aid, and with coffee mornings to Noah’s Ark dress-up days they really got into the fundraising.

Canon Trevor Dennis says, ‘We were all engaged together in a great task, to convey the spirit, the energy, the humour, pathos, excitement and challenge of some of the finest storytelling and poetry the Bible has to offer, and to raise funds, so desperately needed in this troubled world, for Christian Aid.  The day itself was a very moving experience, and the pupils and church members raised more than any of us expected. Thank you so much to all who made it happen.’

If you would like further information please contact Trevor Dennis, Chair of Chester Christian Aid Group – 01244 638 441 or Becky Hurst, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator – Cheshire – 07956 072188

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