26 April 2013

Children's Ministry - 'Godly Play'

Churches have a responsibility to provide an environment in which children are safe, are taught at an age-appropriate level, and are encouraged to develop a relationship with Jesus, to believe the gospel, to accept Jesus into their lives, and become part of the body of Christ, the church.

In our children’s ministry, we use Godly Play, a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture, based on the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God, but often lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.

Godly Play is a method of telling Bible stories using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials. It is based on the internationally recognised Montessori method of education, so it has an emphasis on experiential learning, mixed age groups, and the use of educational materials developed specifically for the program.

We have only a few children at the present time, but there is always room for more, and the beauty of Godly Play is that it speaks to a much wider audience than children alone.

In 2013, we want to increase the number of people who are trained in Godly Play practice, and buy more of the specialised materials that have been developed for use in Sunday worship.

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