Godly Play’s Montessori-inspired method for teaching worship education uses storytelling, reflection, art, writing, singing and/or creative play to invite children into the story of God’s people… our story!
Created by Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal Priest, in 1972 and honed through years of interaction with children in diverse settings, the goal of Godly Play is to teach children to use faith language—parables, sacred stories, and liturgical action—to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
Godly Play is a way of worshipping with young children. While full of developmentally appropriate interactive learning, Godly Play is first and foremost a way for both adults and children to grow in love for God and one another. It provides a way for young children to bring their lived experiences into conversation with God. They do this by experiencing God in the Biblical stories and in the natural creative work of children, play.
Godly Play is based on the understanding that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the language of faith to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.
Godly Play will take place during the 11:00 worship service beginning Sunday, September 9, 2018 and will include children entering kindergarten and first grade. Following the Children’s Message, this group will go to the Godly Play Room located on the lower level of the Mission Building.
We will hold an informational gathering on August 26, 8:30 am for parents of rising kindergarteners and first graders. Childcare will be available beginning at 8:15 am.