Godly Play: kids do theology
Godly Play program
Godly Play is rooted in the spiritual tradition that teaches that God is a gracious God who is real and accessible in all of life, both joyful and sad. Godly Play teaches kindness and mutuality by its routine and how it organzes space. It offers a rhythm for living modeled in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. It teaches respect for other children and adults as well as for materials and space. The “wondering” and responding to the stories is a way for children to KNOW God and not just learn about God.
Children already know something about God even before they have words to express it. Godly Play provides the language and an open door for children to enter the stories about our Hebrew and Christian heritage. Children learn from seeing and then moving the lesson pieces. The language of Godly Play, simple and consistent, helps children discover a rich and personal meaning that helps them confront the questions we all must face: aloneness, freedom, responsibility, purpose, and death.
Children, and really people of all ages, play a game of “hide and seek” with God their whole lives. Seeking and finding God in all places and in all times is a life long task. Godly Play lessons are presented in a way that allows children to discover the hide and seek presence of God, community, and personal meaning. Lessons are repeated over time giving children the opportunity to enter the story in a new way each time and from a different developmental level.
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