Big Bible event 2013


undefinedFollowing the success of the 'Big Bible Event' last year at Chester Cathedral, an all-new day event is now being developed to help children with their families or church groups take a journey through Luke's Gospel.

The cathedral was alive last March as children and adults together heard stories from the very beginning of the Bible, had their photos taken with the giant Goliath, created virtual graffiti, broke down walls, hunted for treasure and brought crowns to heaven’s throne. A scene from last year's event is pictured.

The Wood family from Upton, Wirral said: “We had great fun and came away feeling motivated to grow in our faith not just as individuals but also as a family. The wonderfully spiritual atmosphere of Chester Cathedral was complemented by people of all ages happily and caringly sharing their knowledge and understanding from Genesis through to Revelation.”

Parents and leaders from children’s groups and 'Messy Churches' (family events involving creativity, worship and eating together) also appreciated the day. “We learnt lots of activities and skills that we will be able to use in our own church”, said one.

And this coming April will see 'Big Bible Event: Luke'  build on last year’s experiences. Eight all-new activity zones will help children and their families explore this much-loved Gospel. There will be lots going on, including storytelling, drama, puppets, music, creative activities, and costumed characters. The activities run all through the day with a brief all-together worship time at noon. There is no age limit. The activities will be great for children aged 5-11 but with lots for the rest of the family to join in too. 

There are extra tickets available for this year’s event, but numbers are still limited so the planners are encouraging churches to publicise the event and get people booked in early.

Nicola Preston, the cathedral’s Education Officer, said: “It was a pleasure at the Big Bible Event 2012 to welcome families from across the diocese and see the cathedral full of happy faces. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better. The cathedral community and I are pleased to be hosting this special day."

David Bell, our diocesan Children’s Ministry Adviser, is also on the planning group. He said: “It’s exciting that the team will bring together such an amazing set of children’s leaders from all round the diocese. Working together in this way seems specially honouring to God.”

‘Big Bible Event: Luke’ will take place at Chester Cathedral on 20 April, 9.45am to 2.30pm.Tickets cost £2 per child (aged five and over). Please note: there is also a booking fee of 75p whether you book one child or several. Adults are admitted free but they also need to book.

Booking opens on 1 February, so on or after that date phone the cathedral box office on 01244 500959 (9.30am to 4.30pm Mon to Sat; 10am to 3.30pm on Sun) or visit