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How to set up to film a video on your phone

March 2022

Over the last few years, video has become a popular and engaging way to communicate with our online communities.

On average, 78 percent of us watch online videos every week (Hub Spot),

and for good reason, as they are personal, memorable and engaging. As churches, including video in our online content, is a sensible move if we want to grow our online communities and reach more people with a message of faith and hope.

When it comes to how you create a video – what do you need to know? What’s the correct way to set them up? Where should you put the light source? What do you need to know about sound? Read on to find out what you need to know to set up and record your video straight to your smartphone.


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - New mental health resources for Further Education Colleges

March 2022

Around one in six 17 to 22 year olds has an identifiable mental health condition, and college staff report significant increases in students with both diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions.

Further education is a unique educational environment with its own challenges.

Staff may spend less time with students, making it more difficult to notice or raise concerns. Students may have additional pressures, like money or housing, which can contribute to mental health concerns.

This section of the website will support college staff with some of the most common mental health issues they see in their students.


Jubilee competition - Resources from The Bible Society

March 2022

Platinum Jubilee competition

To celebrate 70 years of service of Her Majesty the Queen, Open the Book would like to invite you to take part in our Platinum Jubilee competition.

Any primary age schoolchild can take part.

We would like you to use any Bible verse or story that talks about the importance of service as your inspiration to send us your best drawing, poem, comic or short story of no more than 500 words.

Here are a few ideas:

‘Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God’ (1 Peter 4.10).

‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving’ (Acts 20.35).

‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to to serve’ (Mark 10.45).

‘And my Father will honour anyone who serves me’ (John 12.26).
How to enter

Submit entries by 5 pm on 29 April by emailing attachments to

Please include the name of the school, adult contact name and a phone number, and confirm that parental permission has been given.


From Easter to Pentecost - Resources from the Bible Society.

March 2022

Journey with us through Lent, Easter and Pentecost

This Easter season, journey with Jesus on his path to the cross and celebrate his resurrection. We have a host of resources to help you reflect and celebrate, including our new children’s Easter booklet The Greatest Miracle of All. This year you can choose resources that cover Lent, Easter and The In-between Time until Pentecost.


Little Liturgy for EYFS and Key Stage One

March 2022

The Mark 10 Mission want all children to experience the joy of the Gospel and know Jesus’ love for them. They have created ‘Little Liturgies’ for children in EYFS, KS1 and Children’s Liturgy at church. Each liturgy presents a simplified Gospel reading, a quick reflection, a prayer and a worship song.