Godly Play

Godly Play

Godly Play happens on most 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month.  It takes place in the back room while parents and carers attend the 10.00 am service in church.  
We usually have primary aged children attending, though it is by no means restricted to that age group, as every child is individual.  We have found that children on the autistic spectrum find the atmosphere and routine of Godly Play reassuring.
We start by greeting the children, encouraging them to sit on the cushions placed in a circle, and giving everyone time to chat if they wish.  Then the storyteller brings the materials to the circle.  the story is told with reverence, using scripts, with careful movements of the characters or props.  All the materials are handmade, and the children have access to any of them in every session.  After the story open questions are asked, often starting with the words “I wonder…”. After a time of reflection and sharing children are encouraged to do their “work”, which is entirely self-guided, and may include painting or modelling or re-telling the story to each other.  Godly Play was originally planned using the Montessori approach, and as well as using natural materials  where possible, we encourage children to be independent.  So when we sit back in the circle to share our “feast”, the drinks will have been prepared by the children, and everything handed out by them.  We finish the session with a time of prayer, after children have shared what they wish us to pray about, although we stress that prayer does not have to spoken aloud.
The children seem to find Godly Play a safe, calm oasis in their lives, not at all like school as some may fear, and a place where friendships as well as faith grow.

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