How does Godly Play follow the service of the Holy Eucharist?
We follow the same proven pattern as the "big people". Each class follows the pattern of getting ready (the gathering), listening and responding to bible stories (the liturgy of the word), the feast (the liturgy of the table), and saying goodbye (blessing and dismissal).
What kinds of project will my children do in Godly Play?
They get to decide for themselves. After a bible story is told to the students, the storyteller and children use "wondering questions" to reflect on the story together. Then each child chooses whether to respond to the story with art materials or play.
How will I know if my child is learning anything?
You'll know. The most important thing that we teach in a worship education center is how Christian people live and work together in community. Many parents who have children in the Godly Play program find that their children will begin to re-tell bible stories -- often in the car on the way home from church. Parents also report that their children "wonder" aloud at various times during the week about the meaning of the bible stories they heard at Godly Play.
Will my child bring home projects or worksheets?
Not usually. Our worship education center holds a variety of art supplies for the children to use as they respond to the stories. But because each child my be reacting and wondering about different aspects of the story, we do not assign crafts or give out sheets as a part of the program. We are working on a series of bookmarks for you to use so you know what is happening in the class throughout the year.
What "existential" issues will the children be asked to face?
The same stuff that bothers all people. Being alone, what to do with freedom, being afraid to die, what has meaning in their lives.
Will my child have fun?
The kids seem to really look forward to it. We will create a safe place for your children where their ideas, opinions, and gifts are deeply respected. What's not to like?
What is the role of the teachers?
There are two teachers in each class. One is the lead Storyteller, while the other manages the practical issues such as greeting the children, encouraging them to collect themselves quietly, and giving the signal to begin. Both act as spiritual supporters and guides. Their job is to help each child see their unique and independent relationship with God.
What can I do as a parent?
Tell stories at home. Realize and respect that your children are people on their own distinct spiritual journeys. Avoid asking them "what did you learn in Sunday School today?", instead ask some of the "wondering questions" in the bookmarks. Respect the sacred space of the Godly Play classroom. Bring them to church regularly knowing that they are in well-trained, loving hands.