Be Still and Know That I am God.
– Psalm 46:10
Godly Play starts Sunday, September 18 at 9 a.m.
We are approaching two decades of Godly Play here at Christ Church. This curriculum is used for our Preschool through 5th graders. Our children gather to encounter the word of God and the rituals of the church in this Montessori-based, multisensory, hands-on approach to Christian formation and education.
The children are introduced to and enter into the religious language by hearing the stories of God, wondering and responding to the stories, praying together, and being surrounded in a child-friendly worship setting. The Godly Play classrooms provide a threshold of sacredness, safety, and wonder.
The children are encouraged to enter into the presence of God through discovery and play. This is one place where our children’s ideas, opinions, and gifts are deeply respected. Not only do our children learn the stories of God, but they also are encouraged to explore their spirituality through prayer and theological reflection.
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.
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.