We offer “Godly Play,” a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children. The goal of Godly Play is “to teach children the art of using religious language — parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action — to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives.” Rooted in the Montessori tradition, Godly Play was developed and classroom tested for more than twenty years by Episcopal priest, author, and teacher Jerome Berryman.
The Godly Play method is currently being used in churches of many denominations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Since 1991, Godly Play has spread to nearly 1000 churches and institutions.
During a typical Godly Play session children are greeted, told a sacred story using special materials, and are engaged in a series of “I wonder” questions allowing them to explore the relationship between the story and their lives. Following this the children share a "feast" with time for more informal conversation. Every third or fourth week in place of the story there is time for the children to work with materials of their choice to express and “meditate” on the stories they have heard in an artistic and kinesthetic way. In this way, Godly Play helps children know God — not just know about God or the Bible.
While Godly Play is very disciplined in its format (the same way that liturgy is), it encourages children to explore their questions throu
gh work with art materials. In this way, the program gives children both the kind of structure they need and the freedom they need to work based on their own different personalities and interests. We believe that this approach is uniquely suited to forming children within an Anglican or Episcopal spiritual tradition — one that values both a way of doing things that has flow and grace and cultivates a spirit of experimentation and freedom.
Godly Play is offered for children ages 3- 11 at 10:00am on Sundays. The children join the adults in the Eucharist at the time of the Offertory. For more information contact Mary Ann Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.