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The Hethersett Bible

Christians in Hethersett will be celebrating the Year of the Bible by producing their own handwritten edition.  The picture above was taken at the launch in Hethersett Methodist Church on July 9th, 2011.

The Hethersett Bible is being organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together and is a project that will involve local people either working in groups or at home on their own. 

“This year has been named as the Year of the Bible with the main aim to bring the Bible back into the centre of people’s lives. This year also marks the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible and the Churches Together group is undertaking the Hethersett Bible not just to bring the Bible back into the centre of people’s lives, but in an effort to do something worthwhile to draw the community together and achieve something that will last into the future as a landmark of this year,” said Methodist Minister The Rev Derek Grimshaw. 

“In our modern world of word processing and mass produced books, we can easily forget that for hundreds of years the Bible was handed down by people writing it for future generations, often by candle light and without our modern writing implements. This exercise has something to do with re-living the traditions of those who have gone before, “ he added. 

It is hoped to involve as many people as possible in the project and also to include illustrations of favourite Bible stories. People are being asked to write as much or as little as they wish: 

“To get the project launched we would like people who feel that they can discipline themselves to write a whole book over a period of time, a little each day to contact us. We are hoping people will not only write out their favourite passage but also do a different part of the Bible which may help them to better understand the text,” Rev Grimsahw added. 

Members of the Methodist Church, Parish Church and Hethersett Catholic Community are all getting involved. Volunteers can contact Rev Grimshaw on 01603 811999 or by e-mailing

There will be a meeting at Hethersett Methodist Church on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m to midday for people to take part in the project.