What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is based on the understanding of children’s innate sense of the presence of God. Its approach helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.
Godly Play sessions follow the liturgical flow of Eucharist, with children crossing the threshold into sacred space, engaging in scripture in the form of multisensorial stories, exploring the meaning of the story in their own lives, and sharing a feast.
Godly Play is widely used in the Episcopal Church in Colorado. If you are new to Godly Play, or want to know if it’s right for you, the Office of Faith Formation can help answer your questions and connect with others across the state with established classrooms.
The Godly Play Foundation has been working on revisions and new content for its eight-volume curriculum. Currently, the expanded editions of volumes 2-4 are available. Wondering what’s new? Check out the Curriculum Updates information page. The new edition can be ordered from Godly Play Resources.
Lessons for the Home
Five lessons for the home are now being offered to help families engage in stories and find meaning together: Creation, The Story of Advent, The Parable of the Good Shepherd, The Face of Easter, and Knowing Jesus in New Way. These “minis” can be purchased through the Godly Play Resources.
Do you have response time every week? Just occasionally? Response time is children’s opportunity to continue wondering and engage the creative process beyond what words can convey. Godly Play mentors are always looking for new response materials. Response Materials that Grow with Children provides an excellent list of possibilities and also helps remind us why we do response time, what role we play, and the general principles for doing it well.
Training will significantly increase the effectiveness of classroom teachers, both storytellers and doorpersons. Last May the Office of Faith Formation hosted a Core Training class, and with enough interest, we will offer another class in 2018. Interested? Please let us know. To see a schedule of upcoming classes around the country, visit the Godly Play Foundation.