What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is an innovative Montessori-based curriculum that engages children in learning through storytelling, ritual, and hands-on activity. Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world. The Godly Play method is currently being used in churches of many denominations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Finland, Canada, Africa, and Asia.
The Center for the Theology of Childhood in Houston, Texas, provides the commuinity, research, writing and training for Godly PlayTM. In a time when spirituality has become a fad, the Center stands for depth, tradition, and a focus on the classical language by which Christian People make meaning in life and death. Our play-based approach involves people in the serious and deep play through which children and adults become more creative and mature.
For additional information about Godly Play, visit the Godly Play Website at:www.godlyplay.org.
Godly Play at St. Anne's
We invite you to bring your children ages 3 yrs. through 5th grade to Godly Play classes while you attend the 10 AM worship service. You should bring your children downstairs to the classrooms for Godly Play by 9:55am. Your children are welcomed downstairs for Godly Play by our door person. The children gather outside the classroom and as they are ready, they are invited, one-at-a-time, to go inside and build their community. They will experience the telling of a story and then have some time to respond freely through wondering or art materials or by using the story materials themselves. After that, they’ll once again come together as a group to share a feast. The Godly Play teachers will lead the children upstairs to worship during the Passing of the Peace so that they can join their parents for Holy Communion.