'Bible in a Day' reading raises thousands

Canon Trevor Dennis with Book of Books

Chester schools and churches come together

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: The Bible Retold’ to be read in the Cathedral Refectory.

In 2003, when he was Vice Dean at Chester Cathedral, Dennis (now Chair of Chester Christian Aid Committee) wrote The Book of Books.

It was described at the time as ‘a deceptively simple and brilliantly imaginative retelling of the stories that make up the Bible', and later translated into five other languages.

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.

John Griffith

Christian Aid Teacher

A day of storytelling

With help at the start from members of the Christian Aid Group, the cathedral congregation, and Elisabeth Forster, 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.

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 said: "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.

Canon Trevor Dennis

Chair of Chester Christian Aid Committee