It is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in this format in the Church of England.
The aim of the ‘Bishop’s Bible Challenge’ is to encourage children to explore and respond to the Gospel of Luke.
Using a ‘Challenge Pack’ the children must complete eight activities over the next 8 months.
For each completed activity, a sticker will be awarded which will make up part of a bigger picture created especially for the initiative by artist Si Smith.
All eight activities will be available online and to download via the Diocesan Board of Education’s website and all eight need to be completed to reveal the whole illustrated image. There are also extra tasks available online to help children discover more about the Gospel stories.
The children who complete all eight activities will be presented with a special Bishop’s Bible Challenge Certificate before the end of the summer term in 2017.
Speaking about his Challenge Bishop Geoff said: “I want to encourage children to enjoy reading the greatest book in the world – The Bible. It is important for people of all ages to love the word of God if they are to grow in Christian discipleship.
“This fantastic initiative for young people in our church primary schools will help them to engage with The Bible in a brand new way and I am grateful to staff in the Diocesan Board of Education who have helped develop the challenge with me.”
Click below to hear Bishop Geoff in conversation with John Pantry and Rosie Wright on Premier’s Inspirational Breakfast Show.