We use the Godly Play
curriculum for our Sunday School.
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Godly Play at St. James
When in session, our Godly Play class meets in the Couper Room at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings. Most children are between the ages of 4 and 6 but older children are also accommodated. To reach the Couper room, go through the kitchen; the room is on the left hand side.
Children need only bring themselves; coats and any other belongings should stay with the parent. If you are late, help your child to be ready and mindful of the circle of children which has already formed.
The children typically read books or color as they wait for their peers to arrive. Once everyone is present, the lesson of the day is presented. Then, the children choose their work, which can be working with the lesson materials or working with the art materials. The children return to the church for recieve Eucharist.
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a curriculum based upon Montessori principles, including self directed learning and personal responsibility. The authors stress that "[c]hildren have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play" [Godly Play website]
For parents interested in hearing a lesson, view the Godly Play Foundation YouTube channel. Note that gender neutral language is used for God, as well as for priests, Prophets, etc. The Old Testament portion of the curriculum contains repeated symbolic themes, including water, deserts, and "walking with God." The New Testament portion focuses on the Parables of Christ, which are simple stories that illustrate complex ideas.
How Can You Help?
Ideally, there are two adults in the Godly Play room each week, a Storyteller and a Doorkeeper. Currently, we are in need of Godly Play volunteers.
Acknowledgement: The Godly Play Program at St. James' gratefully acknowledges the receipt of a Legacy Grant from the Diocese of Central New York in January 2016. Grant funds will be used to purchase of a large number of lessons and room supplies.