At Mountainside, we use Godly Play as our pattern for engaging with our kids. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple. It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained. It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them. It’s about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, the Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. To achieve this goal is to help children become deeply rooted as Christians and yet at the same time use this powerful language and community to be open and creative.
- Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture.
- Godly Play is based on long established, tried and tested approaches.
- Godly Play encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience.
- Godly Play is a non-coercive way to encourage people to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering questions and open-ended response time.
- Godly Play values process, openness and discovery.
- Godly Play is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites.
Website Links: Godly Play Homepage http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org/newsite/Main.php
Godly Play Video: www.godlyplayfoundation.org/newsite/images/gp_mv3.wmv
For more information, please contact Tiffany or Missy at email@example.com.
During the Green Growing Season, Young Children & Worship and Godly Play children will be invited into a new prayer practice which will help us to slow down and notice God’s Spirit, faithfully at work among us. We will continue to worship together each Sunday with prayer and storytelling as we consider the question, “What is growing in you this season?”
Contact Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or check out the Kids & Families email.