The Bible Journey

The Bible Journey, Diocese of Durham, Lent 2011


 In Lent 2010 , 506 people journeyed to Durham Cathedral to share in the reading of the entire Bible. In Lent 2011 reflecting the vision of the publication of the King James Version and in its 400th Anniversary year, the Bible is going to journey to where the people are throughout County Durham. Each of the Archdeaconry areas with their constituent Deaneries will undertake to read seven hours of the prepared reading schedule. It is intended to be ecumenical and the Archdeaconries and Deaneries offer identifiable geographical areas.

A Supplementary reading schedule of selected text for Schools , large groups/organisations, and for the churches unable to be allocated within the 7 hour schedule has been prepared.

Guidelines for Deanery and local co-ordinators and receiving churches are included in this document, together with notes and ideas for the promotion of the project.


March 13th, 20th and 27th. April 3rd 10th, 17th(Palm Sunday) and 24th Easter Sunday

The Journey will begin on 27th March and end on Saturday 16th April .The reading weeks will be w/b 27th March, 3rd April and 10th April and will be marked by the arrival of the King James Bible at the usual Sunday service.

There will be Prayers of Thanksgiving during Evensong in Durham Cathedral on Friday 15th April at 5.15pm, and the KJ Bible will remain in the Cathedral to be included in the King James 400th Anniversary Exhibition.


One church in each Archdeaconry will be identified as the one in which the copy of the King James Bible will remain during the week in which the Deaneries are undertaking their allocated Reading. The Bible should be delivered and received using a provided litany.

The Receiving church is asked to read one hour of allocated reading from this King James Bible, sometime during the week in which the Bible is in its care.

It is hoped that there will be a small accompanying exhibition of a variety of translations together with information on the King James Bible. The churches identified for the purpose of ‘’looking after’’ the Bible should be accessible to the public during the week, so the exhibition ought to be seen by many people.

The Receiving church will be responsible for conveying the Bible to the next Receiving Church. Imaginative ways of conveying the Bible are encouraged, some ideas are,

  • children/adults/young people/mixture of all three walking for one mile towards the next destination, transport then provided to meet up with another group from the next church who will walk the mile to its destination.
  • A group of Bikers, there is a contact for this.
  • Horse and rider
  • Cyclists
  • Rambling group

It is suggested that local church leaders appoint a co-ordinator, whose responsibility will be to identify locations and allocate the readings, each location will be responsible for recruitment of readers who should be represented ecumenically wherever possible.

DEANERY CO-ORDINATORS will have 7 hours of reading to allocate to seven locations or fewer if the location is happy to undertake more than ONE HOUR of reading. Locations could include ecumenical churches, schools, community centres, youth clubs, shopping centres etc. Co-ordinators liaise with the locations and give them their Reading allocation

LOCAL CO-ORDINATORS will need to recruit a minimum of four people for each hour of reading. You are encouraged however to recruit teams of readers, they could come from the choir, youth and children’s groups, family groups, members of the congregation, local churches of other denominations, civic leaders, if it is a school then a class could share it out.

You will allocate the readings from the schedule, but please be sensitive to what you allocate to children e.g. the story in 2nd Kings ch.9 may be ‘exciting ‘and no worse than what they see on screen, but if it is their and their families first introduction to the Bible , something more positive may be a better idea.

When a group is covering the hour then each can read a chapter in rotation, or divide the hour between them and read for their time slot. Each location may choose their preferred translation of the Bible, but if they are keen to try the King James version then make it possible for them.

If a location is undertaking more than one hour of reading then you will need to appoint a time keeper , perhaps yourself, and ensure that the next readers are on hand to continue where the others have left off. You should have details of who is reading and at what time.


  • Lenten lunch either before or after the allocated time of reading
  • Children art exhibition of Bible stories
  • Book sale of Bibles suitable for adults as well as children, along with related material, eg commentaries, Bishop Tom’s Books
  • Display in local Library of Bibles with invitation to come and listen/read.
  • Hand written extract from the King James version, this could be done in the shopping centre, and then posted on the walls of the supermarket, often they display children’s art work.
  • Distribute Bookmarks of the Books of the Bible



The Bible has been divided up into one hour blocks which will enable Durham Prison to read for an hour, three Receiving Churches each to read for an hour, and the 16 Deaneries each to read for 7 hours.

Archdeacons to be present (if poss.) along with reps from the Deanery Reading locations (ecumenical) at the handing over of the King James Bible to the Receiving Church

The Area Deans to appoint a co-ordinator who will identify the location/s for the 7 hour allocation, and give them the schedule pack.

The locations each to appoint a coordinator of the allocated reading time( some locations may like to have more than one hour)

A Supplementary reading schedule of selected readings is prepared for schools, large groups/organisations, and for the churches unable to be included in the 7 hour allocation

Copyright and Credits to Pat Francis

About pmphillips

Pete Phillips Bio: I'm into the New Testament (especially John's Gospel), technology, literary theory, postmodernism, football and that kind of stuff. I am married to Theresa and we have three great kids (and a Westie called Grace). I'm a Christian and love the whole church thing, which is good because I also work for the Methodist Church in the UK. My formal job titles are: Director of Research for CODEC at St John's College, Durham University and Secretary to the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church.