Godly Play is a creative way to teach the stories of the Bible to children. Before the story begins, we teach the children to be still and listen for God. We help them understand that getting ready is something only you can do; no one can help you get ready. We wait patiently until everyone is ready, then we begin the storytelling process and the children are invited to enter into the story. After the story, the children are led into a time of wondering. Wondering is a huge piece of the Godly Play puzzle. This allows the children to connect to the stories and apply them to their lives. The storyteller leads wondering questions like, "I wonder where you are in the story..." and "I wonder what your favorite part is..." to get the children actively thinking about the story.
After our time of wondering, the children enjoy a feast which gives us an opportunity to discuss the Holy Eucharist. Our feast consists of water and a small snack, usually vanilla wafers or graham crackers. Time permitting, the children are invited to create an art response. During this time, children are given water based art supplies to respond to the story in whatever way they choose.
During the announcements in church, children are escorted to join their parents and the community for communion.
Children should arrive between 8:40 and 8:45 AM in the fall. Being on time allows us to begin our worship together and preserves the peaceful, quiet environment of Godly Play.
We offer two rooms for Godly Play: M212 for three and four year olds and M213 for five year olds and up.
If you have questions about Godly Play or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Lindsay Full at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-714-6971.