Words to Read
People to Meet
Tools to Gather
How do I get help?
Coming Soon: Classroom Environment Photos, Teacher and Parent FAQ

Words to Read

Godly Play values the oral tradition of storytelling and the practice of learning the art as a guild craft. That being said, Jerome W. Berryman has written extensively on the art, practice and theology that supports Godly Play. (The following books are published by Church Publishing Incorporated unless otherwise noted.)

The Complete Guide to Godly Play:
Volume 1:
  Foundations of practice and theology
Volume 2: Core Sacred Story Lessons of the Old Testament
Volume 3: Core Lessons of Liturgy for Advent/Christmas and Core Parables
Volume 4: Core Lessons of Liturgy for Lent/Easter, Paul and the Church 
Volume 5: Tips from long-time Godly Play practitioners
Volume 6: Enrichment lessons of the Old Testament for older children
Volume 7: Enrichment lessons focusing on the Communion of Saints 
(New core sacred stories from the New Testament are also available from Godly Play Resources.)

For a deeper understanding and support of your practice of Godly Play read:
Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children (2009)
Children and the Theologians: Clearing the Way for Grace (2009)
Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education (1991, Harper-SanFrancisco and 1995, Augsburg)

Children's Spirituality: What it is and why it matters by Rebecca Nye (2009)

People to Meet

Godly Play is an art of becoming fluent in religious language. In order to develop this fluency, one must practice it with others. Somehow the medium of the Spirit at work in Godly Play works through the gathering of the circle. In your local worshipping community, seek out adult education, parent circles or the Godly Play Guild that will help you find your place of meaning. For practitioners, seek out the Godly Play Trainer in your area. They can help you find training circles and local or regional networks that support Godly Play in the larger community. 

The connections and relationships made possible through the internet, seem to provide endless connectivity. Even the most remote places or unique situations, can find community in the worldwide web. Godly Play has an active presence on Facebook and Twitter

Tools to Gather

Godly Play is practiced in a "prepared environment" in the tradition of the Montessori method of education. This carefully prepared environment is both an educational place and sacred space--and a necessary tool to the art and practice of Godly Play.

The stories are told using beautifully crafted objects, either by your own hand or by Godly Play Resources. They are presented in an orderly and beautiful way in the classroom, that for the most part, is consistent around the world.

Once again your trainer can be a great resource for finding or making what you need for your Godly Play environment. Check this site often for ideas and updates.