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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Story materials are available from the Australian Godly Play website