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What is Godly Play?

  • Godly Play was developed by Jerome Berryman after his experiences meeting the founders of the Montessori approach of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
  • It is an approach that uses story telling and participation to enable spiritual growth and create space for an encounter with God.
  • It is an approach that demonstrates awe, mystery, and the presence of the Holy Spirit.




The Structure of Godly Play

  • Welcome, each child is greeted at the door by calling each by Name.  Environment is prepared ahead of time.
  • Share prayer and song, and conversation, children can begin work.
  • Tell the story.  The Storyteller – encourages wonder - be calm, using the power of language.
  • Time for wonderment - the story teller facilitates - and frames the start of wonderment with the phrase I wonder……… and encourages the children to participate by reflecting back - if there is a need of response the facilitator can reflect back a summary of the question to the individual to go deeper. E.G. - I wonder why Jesus kept on about sheep.  Response: I wonder why Jesus kept talking about people as sheep?
  • After this time of initial questions use the following questions - and explore the story:
  • I wonder which part of the story you like best?
  • I wonder what part of the story is the most important?
  • I wonder who you are in the story?  I wonder which part is about you
  • I wonder if there is any part of the story we can leave out and still have the story?  You can then go through the bits of the story and watch reaction.

Imagine someone who....

  • creates a space to think big
  • learns as well as teaches
  • doesn't always know the answer
  • builds a community
  • enables children to make connections
  • is open to the unexpected
  • slows down the pace
  • provides the tools then stands back

This is the Godly Play teacher!

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