Godly Play is a class for K-3 children based on Montessori principles located upstairs in the Education Building. Each week the teachers and children sit on the floor in a semi-circle, and listen to Bible stories that are told using wonderful, handmade visual aids. Following the story, the children are asked “wondering questions.” For example, “I wonder what the most important part of the story was,” or “I wonder what part of the story we could leave out and still have enough of our story.” This gives the children a chance to process the story in their own way and you’d be amazed at what they pull out of each story and what they remember year to year.
Following the wondering questions, the children are invited to respond to the story thru artwork, and working more with this story or any other story they’ve heard previously.
The class is laid out cyclically. We cover the same stories during the same time each year so that the children potentially hear it three times. During the summer months, we currently alternate through two groups of characters – Old Testament and Prophets.
The children meet upstairs in the south end of Fellowship Hall, in the Children’s Library, at 9:45, or whenever early service lets out. At approximately 9:50, we move next door to the Godly Play room for class, where they will also be picked up promptly when the bell rings.
Due to the nature of the class, we ask that anyone arriving late quietly join the circle to cause as little interruption to the class as possible.
We also like to bring in our Jewish history as much as possible and celebrate the main holidays like Passover, Rosh Shoshana, Yom Kippur and Hanukah with music and food, so please let us know if your child has a food allergy.