We have been sharing Godly Play with children for more than 10 years and we’re happy to have your child come on this special journey with us. Godly Play is a unique way of teaching children about the Christian faith. Using parables, sacred stories, and liturgical lessons (baptism and Advent), your child will come to understand the Christian meaning of the Good Shepherd, the Light and the Feast or Communion, as well as other important concepts.

 Jerome Berryman developed godly Play in the United States, and it is the fourth generation of religious education that originated with Marie Montessori. In 1971, Dr. Berryman began his studies in Bergamo, Italy with Sofia Cavaletti at The Center for Advanced Montessori Studies. For more than 20 years, he worked with children to develop stories and refine this process through practice. Godly Play is used in Canada, Australia and the United States to help children and adults explore their connection to God and important faith issues.

By appealing to the natural curiosity and creativity of children, Godly Play is a meaningful way to teach children how to be with God. Carefully structured classrooms provide the freedom to explore important issues of faith while learning the ethics of respect for fellow worshippers, stewardship of material, and a love of self and God.

Each Sunday your child will begin with a time of getting ready by slowing down and preparing for worship. After lighting the candles and greeting each other, the Storyteller presents a lesson. Every effort is made to help the child “enter the story” and make it its own. A work time follows, giving the child an opportunity to create something for and with the Creator Himself. Returning to the circle, we celebrate the Feast together. Each child receives a blessing and affirmation at the end of our time together.

A trained Doorperson and Storyteller staff each classroom. They offer careful guidance and nurturing to help each child explore his or her own faith issues, as well as encourages the formation of the community of children.

Weekly lessons are from one of the three cycles of religious language: parables, sacred stories and liturgy. Sacred stories such as creation, and Abraham and Sarah, come from the Old Testament and revolve around God’s relationship with the people of God. Using six core parables, (ex. The Good Shepherd) children learn about the nature of the kingdom of God. Finally, liturgical lessons such as the circle of the church year and world communion show children the “work of the people.”

A primary goal of our time in Godly Play is to help children understand the language of the Church and to make meaning for themselves using this language.

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