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Knitted Bible Outreach Event at Ramsey Methodist Church

A big thank you to everyone who was involved in the event in any way.

Ramsey Methodist Church and the schoolroom were open every day of the Knitted Bible event to welcome visitors and provide refreshments. A valuable opportunity to talk to visitors.

Thank you too to the circuit for support.

Over 800 visitors viewed the Knitted Bible including over 300 children visiting in groups from 3 local primary schools and 1 local play group. A group of 8 people also travelled from Northampton.

All local churches agreed to their service details being included in the hand out leaflet given to visitors to the Knitted Bible.

Quiz books were given out to all visiting children, and "spot the knitted fish" and "fish for a knitted fish keyring" were popular activities, with the keyrings being an ongoing reminder of the Knitted Bible.

A "Find the Knitted Fish in Shop Windows" competition involved local shops and children — not a great uptake by children, but the prizes that had been prepared and weren't used are going to be donated to one of the local primary schools for a fundraising event in December.

We were able to sell books and gifts for March Christian Bookshop and they have gifted Ramsey Methodist Church 10% of the sales.

The outreach continues as Bury School has invited the Open the Book team into Bury school every 2 weeks.

Photos have been put on the circuit website and information about the Knitted Bible has been sent to South Africa, America and to visitors/volunteers friends and families in the UK — i.e. Holy trinity Church in Woodford Green.

Photos of the Knitted Bible are to also to be shown at a service for those who weren't able to visit.

A member of one of the local churches has asked to purchase a set of photos of the Knitted Bible to keep and share with family and friends. Another is going to use a photo of Zacchaeus in a Restorative Justice programme in prisons and one of the local churches is now hoping to use their Christmas Nativity Scene as an outreach tool to local organisations.

Ramsey Methodist Church also has ideas about how a local Knitted Bible could be used as an ongoing outreach tool.

Comments from Hilton Church
"Wonderful display" " Such a wonderful way to illustrate God's word" " A uniquely memorable experience, and a real faith enhancer!"

These were just some of the comments written in our visitor book when we hosted the Knitted Bible here in Hilton.

We had more than 250 visitors over the weekend many of whom stayed on for tea, coffee and cakes in the schoolroom and also bought FAIRTRADE goods from our stall.

From donations in the church we were able to send £455 to Christian Aid and from donations for teas we sent £240 to EACH( childrens' hospice).

Two final comments:
Very well done! The essential details are all included. May the visual reach the hearts of all who attend. Great vision on the part of the creators."
" I couldn't imagine what a Knitted Bible would be — I now know, I am glad I came!"

I think we all agreed with the last comment.

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