What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to nurture children’s Christian faith. It invites children into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.
Background of Godly Play
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to faith formation that has its roots in the work of Maria Montessori. It was created by Jerome Berryman, an Anglican priest, about 30 years ago and has been used and developed over time by people around the world as a way of both teaching and being with children. Godly Play uses symbols, beautifully crafted materials, rituals, and silence as well as stories to convey biblical traditions and practices of the Christian church. Godly Play recognizes that children already know and experience God but may not have the language or opportunity to talk about and explore their experiences, thoughts, questions, and feelings. Godly Play provides children an occasion not just to learn about God’s love but to discover God’s love in the midst of a supportive community and environment. It helps children learn Bible stories and religious language and to use them to make meaning. We were pleased to have the Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew Sheldon, one of the key trainers of Godly Play, as one of the principal speakers at the 2014 Anglicans Ablaze Conference. To purchase his plenary and workshop talks (on disc 13) for only R30 (plus postage), please visit http://www.anglicansablaze.org/individual-dvds.
To find out more about Godly Play or to arrange a training, please contact Joan Truby, the Godly Play coordinator for South Africa. 011 849 8250
For more information about Godly Play, please visit the Godly Play Foundation.