In most religious education children are told what God did.
In Godly Play children discover who God is.
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a Montessori method of telling Bible stories, developed by Jerome Berryman, using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials.
It invites the listener to connect faith stories with personal experience through wondering questions and open-ended response.
Godly Play is used extensively with adults and children in many settings, from schools to hospitals, churches to aged care facilities.
Godly Play can be a way of preparing children to join the worship life of their congregations as they experience sacred stories, symbols and rites and encounter the religious language associated with worship within the context of our faith tradition.
A Godly Play session includes time to:
• get ready
• experience a story
• explore the story with questions "I wonder ...?"
• respond to the story with a free choice of creative experience
• enjoy a simple shared feast
Kerry Folland is the Godly Play Coordinator for Uniting Church SA. She is also the Children's and Family worker at Tea Tree Gully Uniting Church where she has set up a Godly Play classroom and has been using Godly Play since 2011.
Contact Kerry on 8396 3252, firstname.lastname@example.org:
- To be added to the SA Godly Play Mailing List (receive information about Godly Play events in South Australia)
- To join the Godly Play SA Facebook group
- To make an enquiry about Godly Play
To discover what’s happening nationally visit the Australian Godly Play website www.godlyplay.org.au or ‘like’ the Godly Play Australia Facebook page
If using Godly Play in a church based setting as a ‘Sunday School’ curriculum this leaflet will help parents. It includes frequently asked questions and ten best ways a parent can help their child get the most from their Godly Play experience. A Parent’s Guide to Godly Play (390 kb PDF)
To purchase Godly Play books contact Mission Resourcing SA on 8236 4243 or email@example.com
Story materials are available from the Australian Godly Play website