What is Godly Play?

 

 Godly Play is a method of Christian education and spiritual formation designed especially for children. It presents the awe, immensity and mystery of God through three types of stories: sacred ones of the Old and New Testament, parables and liturgical stories (Easter, Baptism, Communion, etc.).

 

Stories are told using the “discovery method” which encourages children to think and wonder about God rather than be “talked to” about God. It also uses Montessori teaching methods and encourages child-directed activities.

 

Godly Play was developed by Episcopal priest, author, and teacher Jerome W. Berryman. Its methods are based on Berryman’s years of study, research and work in “laboratory” classrooms focused on how children learn and experience “God,” the “Holy” or the divine.

 

Godly Play is unique. It does not tell our children “how to do it” or what the story means or exactly what they should believe. It gives them instead a way to discover how to come close to the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. It gives them a way to understand that they are on a great journey, and it gives them a way to delight in that journey. It invites their imaginations.

 

 

Some components to our Godly Play program are the following:

 

Take–home Scripture Verse:

When you pick up your child after worship, they will be bringing home a scripture verse to learn. The verse will be related to the story they learned. We appreciate your support of this activity at home.

 

Offering:

We will be asking children to bring in a weekly offering. It will be collected each week and each room will decide on what project they will use the offering for.

 

Using Godly Play Parent Pages:

A Godly Play doorkeeper gives a “Parent Page” to each parent when they pick up their child. Using the Parent Page helps children recall--in a sense relive--the Godly Play presentation at home. Each Parent Page offers a condensed retelling of the Godly Play lesson. It includes suggestions for how to use the page at home. It also gives parents information to help them understand Godly Play’s methods and purpose.

 

 

Hospitality Room

If for some reason you need to step out of service, a large screen television is available in the Hospitality Room with a live broadcast of the worship service. The Hospitality Room is located to the left as you exit the main Sanctuary doors.

 

Due to our growing program we will be asking parents to complete a Children’s and Family Ministry Registration and Photo Permission form. On the registration form we will be asking parents for information that may help Godly Play leaders when working with your children.

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Registration Form

Feasting on the Word: Tweens (4th & 5th Grade)

Children in the 4th and 5th grade will meet in Room 8 during the 9am educational hour.  Feasting on the Word curriculum the follows the lectionary text each Sunday while providing learning experiences that encourage investigation of the many ways Christian faith can shape life choices. Engaging their expanding ability to understand abstract imagery and their love of learning by interacting with peers, tweens will explore the biblical texts in order to investigate what the church teaches, wrestle with implications of Jesus' teachings, and give voice to what they believe.

Kids Worship Service: 10:00 am

Children ages 3 - 3rd grade can participate in a kid's worship service held in Hansen Hall at 10:00 am, which takes places during our adult worship service. This service will prepare our young children to enter our regular service by 4th grade. Kid's worship is an interactive service that includes music, scripture, sermon, prayer and reflection.