We offer the Godly Play program on Sunday mornings
Godly Play is Jerome Berryman’s interpretation of Montessori religious education. It is an imaginative approach to working with children. This approach supports, challenges, nourishes and helps guide their spiritual quest.
It was carefully developed over years. Stories are told using three dimensional objects that focus our attention on the words we are hearing. It doesn’t include all the details as they appear in the Bible, but it does include all that is essential to convey the meaning of the story more as a spiritual than a historical lesson.
Godly Play assumes that children have some experience of the mystery of the presence of God in their lives, but lack the language, the permission and the understanding to express and enjoy that spiritual experience in our secular culture.
In Godly Play, we enter in to our parables, sacred stories, silence and liturgy in order to discover God, ourselves, one another and the world around us.
What happens in our Classrooms?
There are two trained teachers in each class—the door keeper and the story teller. We sit in a circle to hear the story and wonder about it together. There follows time for activities using the many materials provided: painting, drawing, creating or just interacting with the storytelling objects used to tell the stories. Children use the process of creating to help explore their understanding, not to just produce work. (Examples of their work will not come home every week.) Last there is a simple feast with a prayer. Class is over on or about 11:10.
When and Where Do We Meet?
St. Peter’s holds two classes of Godly Play on every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. (On these, our Youth Sundays, we all stay in church with our families to experience the entire worship service together—with students taking a larger part in the service.) The Beginning Class is for children in Preschool through Second Grade. It meets in the classroom down the hall from the church office in the main building. Upper Grades Third through Fifth meet in Room 6 upstairs in the Education Building adjacent to the rear parking lot. Classes begin at 10:15 and move to join our families for communion during the service being held at the same time.