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Godly Play

SUNDAYS 9:30AM

What is Godly Play?

Godly Play is a Montessori-based program designed to teach children sacred stories from scripture, help them become familiar with the rhythms of liturgy and the liturgical calendar, and to nurture the inherent spirituality of children.

 

Godly Play begins with the core stories of the Bible, such as creation and the exodus. It then builds on these central narratives by telling more stories from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament throughout the year. Since Godly Play follows its own storyline, children may hear different parts of the Bible than what their parents hear during the 9:30AM service.  However, Godly Play does mirror the lessons heard by the whole congregation during feast days and special liturgical seasons such as Advent and Easter. 

How is a Godly Play session structured?

  1. Each Sunday the children follow the children's procession (led either by an Acolyte or our Doorkeeper), to their Godly Play Classroom.

  2. They are greeted by the Doorkeeper who invites them in and announces their arrival to the Storyteller.

  3. The Storyteller welcomes each child by name as they join the story circle, and then helps calm the children by making sure they are “ready” for the story.

  4. The Storyteller tells the story, and then the children wonder about the meaning of the story together.

  5. The children break free from the circle to engage in quiet creative response, which includes playing with the story materials, reading books, and creating art, until the Storyteller tells them it’s time to form a circle again.

  6. The children come back to the circle and say a closing prayer.

  7. The children say goodbye to the Storyteller, and then they are led back to the service by their teachers to join the larger community for Communion. 

Please note our Godly Play curriculum has been modified to meet the needs of our worshipping community. Please reach out to Katya Nemec, our Associate of Children, Youth & Family, if you have any questions.

 
 

Wondering Questions

Wondering Questions

After every story, the Storyteller begins a series of "I wonder" statements also known as wondering questions. Wondering questions are open-ended and relevant to the story and a child's experience. They are not memory recall, or meant for helping children figure out the moral of the story. Wondering questions are an invitation for children to explore their imaginations, and to help them connect personally and spirituality to the story. 

If you have more questions about Wondering Questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Katya Nemec, our Associate for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. 

Wondering at Home

Many of our parents like to build on what their children learned on Sunday throughout the week. An easy way to do this is by repeating the core Wondering Questions our Storytellers ask every Sunday as part of our response time.

The core Wondering Questions are:

  1. I wonder which part of the story you like best?

  2. I wonder which part of the story is the most important?

  3. I wonder which part of the story you like the least?

  4. I wonder if there is a part of the story we could leave out and still have all of the story?

  5. I wonder which part of the story is most about you?

Another way to continue the wondering at home is to read the Bible stories each of the Godly Play stories are based on. All the Scriptural references for the Godly Play stories told in the fall can be found here

 

Stories for the Fall

The Ark and the Tent

November 17

Scripture Reference: Exodus 25-31

The Exile and the Return

November 24

Scripture Reference: 2 Kings 17; 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36; Ezra 1-10; Nehemiah 1-13

Advent 1

December 1

Advent 2

December 8 

with special visitor, St. Nicholas after the 9:30AM service

Advent 3

December 15

Advent 4

December 22