Gospel according to Spen

GOOD BOOK: Howard Park pupil Nathan Hawkes writes a Bible verse with Judith Santry. (d10021106)
GOOD BOOK: Howard Park pupil Nathan Hawkes writes a Bible verse with Judith Santry. (d10021106)

ONE thousand Bible verses have been penned by Spen children..

The West Yorkshire Methodist Circuit launched the ‘written by hand, taken to heart’ project where children were asked to contribute a handwritten verse to the book.

By the end of the month-long project, over 1,000 verses were completed by children from a dozen schools. Most concerned St Luke’s Gospel, but the children also turned their hand to Corinthians.

Caroline Holt, who is one of the co-ordinators, said she was pleased with the response.

“The schools have been brilliant. The idea was to generate awareness amongst children about the importance of the Bible. A lot of them didn’t realise that 400 years ago people died to get this translated into their own languages,” she said.

The local branch of the Gideons has also agreed to provide 600 copies of the book for year six children in the Spen Valley.

It is also hoped that, once the project tours the region, the finished Bible will return to the valley so children can see their handiwork.”