Big Bible Week to get under way

The Five Alive Mission is to host a packed programme of events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the authorised version of the Bible.

The Five Alive Mission Community is preparing to host a mission week with a difference

A series of events has been planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the authorised version of the Bible and will focus on the gift of scripture. Big Bible Week will include a host of activities, including lunchtime Bible studies, evening events and a breakfast with the chairman of East Devon District Council, Councillor Peter Halse.

On Sunday, October 16, there will be a service with the puppeteers of Honiton Community Church, who will be looking at the themes in the ‘Parable of the Sower’, at 10.30am, in Stockland Parish Church. Following this, there will be a Evensong in Yarcombe Parish Church at 6pm - including a traditional service from the 1662 prayer book and thoughts about the King James Bible.

From Monday to Friday, all are welcome to take part in Bible studies every lunchtime at the Tuckers Arms in Dalwood. On Monday evening, at 7.30pm in Dalwood Parish Church, there will be a presentation from Reverend Alastair McCollum on how the Bible has become what it is today and its role.

Anna Norman-Walker, diocesan missioner, will be discussing the Bible and the mission and why the Bible is relevant today at Stockland Parish Church at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

The packed programme continues into Wednesday with local thespians and musicians leading the King James Celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the authorised version of the bible with an evening of readings and music at Shute Parish Church from 7.30pm.

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On Friday, join David Hopwood at 7.30pm in Yarcombe Jubilee Hall for, The Bible and Film, where he will be using films to talk about how the Bible has influenced society and how it is seen by the world.

The fun continues into Saturday with a breakfast in the Tucker’s Arms, in Dalwood, with special guest Councillor Peter Halse, who will discuss why the Bible has played an important part in his life.

The Big Bible Worship Concert at Kilmington Village Hall, which starts at 7.30pm, will bring the week to a close and will be led by Reverend Gavin Tyte and a team from Uplyme Parish Church.

To reserve a place at the breakfast with Councillor Halse, call Kate (01404) 861763 or email

Big Bible Week runs from Sunday October 16 to Saturday, October 22.