Godly Play Children ages 4 thru 6th grade
Godly Play™ is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children which uses storytelling and play to help them become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. 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.
Children are invited into a peaceful room, where adults model reflective behavior and where lessons can be explored. Religious stories are shared with the children using three dimensional materials that invite them into the stories and connect them to their personal experience. Open ended “I wonder…” questions and ample response time give the children a chance to consider their own questions and reflect on the story from their own perspective. They then choose from a range of options to respond to the story. After they clean up from their response time, they enjoy a “feast: (snack and juice). Each class parallels the experience of the Eucharist. Each session includes a period of Preparation (meeting and greeting), the Ministry of the Word (listening and responding to a story, Communion (sharing food and drink), and a blessing and Dismissal