Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!
As we enter 2021, we want to bring you up to date on some new resources being developed and trainings coming up.
1. Lent at Home Kits
It looks like we will all be keeping Lent at home again this year, so Godly Play Resources has been working with Dr. Cheryl Minor, the Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood for the Godly Play Foundation, to create a new resource called, “Lent at Home.” Each kit will include materials to use from Shrove Tuesday through Easter Sunday – at-home versions of our beloved Godly Play materials. We are especially excited to include the new artwork we recently had done for the series of lessons called “The Faces of Easter” Dr. Minor has developed a booklet to go along with these kits. The booklet will be a free download and can be adapted to include anything special you have planned in your congregation, e.g. Zoom Godly Play sessions. The kits will cost $25.95 each. Quantity discounts and Pre-order available . They will ship the first week in February so you have them in time for Lent. A PDF of the booklet can be found here.
This past summer the Godly Play Foundation commissioned Ann Fowler, an artist in Atlanta, to create new images for the Godly Play series of lessons for Lent called “The Faces of Easter.” These images are now available to pre-order and will ship in time for Lent. You can order a full set (images mounted on wood, tray, and underlay), or just the replacement images, mounted on wood, to go in your already existing tray.
Fowler’s images feature African Americans, children, and youth known to her from her work at the Emmaus House, an educational program for children living in low-income neighborhoods in Atlanta.
3. Training Opportunities
The Godly Play Foundation College of Training is planning to offer a myriad of online training opportunities in 2021. January offerings are already up on the website and February events such as panel discussion on VBS will be coming online very soon.
Help us meet our fundraising goal before the end of the year! There have been many changes in 2020 and Godly Play has adapted and grown in new and creative ways. Learn more about what your donations have allowed us to accomplish! We invite you to partner with us and support the work of Godly Play. Your financial gifts will allow us to expand our reach so more children and adults can access Godly Play spaces and find grounding in a deep sense of hope and faith in the midst of chaos.
We at Godly Play are in the midst of a Season of Wonder…a deep dive into the creative process, exploring ways to support those inside and outside our community in the transformation to make sense out of the chaos. You, our donors, trainers, missioners, practitioners and adult mentors, are finding beautiful and unique ways to invite more children to explore their spiritual lives and existential questions through story, wonder, and play.
The Godly Play Foundation is finding ways to support that BIG WORK.
• In the last six months, our College of Training facilitated more than 20 virtual workshops to support over 1000 Godly Players around the world with plans to double the virtual training options in 2021.
• Volume 6 Revisions are ready for printing and include 2 new stories, Esther and The Psalms as well as Parent Pages!
• Godly Play Resources continues to produce new materials to support Godly Play in homes and small spaces such as the DIY People of God and The Holy Family Set.
• Our Center for the Theology of Childhood is developing a set of new stories, People of Color Who Inspire, which will be available as a free download for a limited time. Look for the first two: Martin Luther King Jr. and Bishop Barbara Harris coming soon!
• The Foundation launched an anti-racism task force to identify how we can do the necessary work of dismantling systemic racism in our organization and communities.
Join us in this Season of Wonder; share Godly Play with family and friends and explore opportunities in Advent to wonder together.
We invite you to partner with us and support the work of Godly Play. Your financial gifts will allow us to expand our reach so more children and adults can access Godly Play spaces and find grounding in a deep sense of hope and faith in the midst of chaos.