Godly Play Maritimes

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Welcome

What is Godly Play?

… is a creative and imaginative approach to faith formation and spiritual development
… uses symbols, objects, silence, and words to explore biblical stories and Christian practices
… encourages people to make meaning for themselves
… values process, openness, and discovery
… is based on long-established, tried and tested approaches
… invites participants into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience

Although it was originally developed as a resource for children, Godly Play is now being used with a wide range of age groups in diverse settings.

Godly Play is one of several variations of the Montessori tradition of religious education; it has been developed in the United States by the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman and is now used around the world by many denominations.

Please visit the Godly Play Canada site for more information.  Godly Play Canada.

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Godly Play Introductory Day

WonderONE-DAY INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

Sat. October 15 from 9:45am- 3:30pm

at Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, Amherst NS 

  • Godly Play is a creative approach to nurturing children’s faith.
  • It values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
  • It supports children in being more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

In this Introductory Workshop Participants will:

  • experience a full Godly Play session and explore the Godly Play method.
  • hear stories
  • look at the pattern of a Godly Play session and the key elements of Godly Play
  • discuss how to adapt Godly Play principles for use with Sunday School, in children’s stories, worship, and pastoral care.

This day is open to all whether you are a leader or parent or you just love hearing stories.

Leadership: Anne Pirie and Nigel Weaver Godly Play Trainers

Please register by sending your name and email to Fay, Registrar for Godly Play Maritimes: Email here.

Cost is $10 and please bring your lunch.

 


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Refugees – A Godly Play Inspired Story

Love is Stronger than Fear
by Mora MacDonald
DSC_6240Mora is an elementary School Counselor and  Godly Play Canada Storyteller at Sackville United Church, Sackville New Brunswick. She wrote this story when her church decided to sponsor a Refugee family to help children understand who a refugee is and consider how God might want us to live with refugees.

Script is written. Movements are in brackets.

Watch where I go to get this story so you will know where to go to find it. (Talk lower, but clear enough so the children can hear you as you find the pieces you need around the room.) I need that last card of creation, the Holy Family card from our Christmas story, a candle, some people of God, the 10 best ways heart. Hmmm… anything else?? Of course, the desert box. And I brought some things I had at home in this basket. Continue reading


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New Core Training Dates

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Presently there are no Core Training Modules scheduled. Please contact the Registrar and you will be notified when the next training is scheduled. Email Registrar

ABOUT GODLY PLAY TRAINING

Registration is limited – a minimum of 12 participants is required for the program. Applications will be received on a “first come, first serve” basis. Your space is not confirmed until FULL payment is received.

Please READ MORE about Module Training or use the online registration form.  Godly Play Module Training.


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Practicing Spirituality in Everyday Activities

Eating mindfully                                                 Kathy & Circle

Kathy Carr recently led a couple of sessions on mindfulness in the sacred circle in the Sunday School of Sackville United Church. She explored mindful eating – the practice of slowing down and being aware of what we are eating.

Kathy writes:“ In the first gathering, the children were asked about the five senses we all have – these are some of the sacred gifts of our body, that help us be aware of what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste.”
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