Starting on September 11th Godly Play classes will be available each Sunday. This is for children of preschool and elementary school ages. Lessons about Creation, The Exodus, The Ark of the Covenant are all being planned in way that engages children and directs their attention to God.
There will be a lot of wonderful art projects to create and some lessons that involve baking delicious breads. Check out this liturgical calendar that the Godly Play classes created last year. It was created over many weeks as the children responded to the stories they heard.
From Teacher Sharyn Curtis
The children learned that the Church records time not as a straight line, but as a circle. Seasons, holidays and weekly worship repeat in an annual cycle. The different church seasons are assigned liturgical colors, as are special holidays. Every ending is a beginning, every beginning marks an ending.
Around the outside of this particular calendar, the Sundays of each season are marked by color and adorned with reminders of the stories of God’s people. They are stories of creation and floods, enslavement and deliverance, love and loss. There are stories about kings and shepherds, seeds and burning bushes, donkeys, birds and sheep. These are our stories.
Inside the circle of Sundays there are quadrants that remind us that some of God’s stories reveal mysteries that are puzzling. We learn that each of us is unique and special, and everyone is welcome at the Shepherd’s table. And at the center of all these stories, we find the cross.
The Purpose of Godly Play
Spiritual formation for children looks like meeting them where they are. The stories are told and children are invited to share their questions and observations. The invitation to both listen and talk is an important value of the Godly Play classroom. Children after the lessons, the children return to the sanctuary to participate in the Eucharist with their families.