Godly Play at St. Paul Lutheran Church
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian education and spiritual guidance. Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice. It is based on the idea that children learn through story, experience, and hands-on play.
You’ll notice right when you walk into a Godly Play room that it’s special. The materials are all wooden and other natural materials. The room is quiet and nurturing. All of these qualities foster a learning environment ideally suited for young children.
Additionally, our Godly Play leaders have gone through extensive training.
Who is Godly Play For?
Godly Play is for 3-5 year olds. We welcome all children of this age!
When is Godly Play?
Godly Play is Sunday mornings from 11 am to 12 noon (during the Praise service). To get the most out of this special hour, it’s important that your child is there right at the beginning. However, if you are running a little late, there will be someone at the door to help your child.
Where is Godly Play?
Godly Play takes place in the St. Paul’s Education Building in the basement in the Godly Play room. Simply take the elevator down to the basement and look for the signs.
What Happens During Godly Play?
Children wait outside the door to be let in one-by-one by the helper, called the doorkeeper.
Once in, they gather in a circle to hear the day’s story, which is lovingly presented by the teacher (called the storyteller) using Godly Play materials.
The children respond to the lesson through wondering questions, art, and play.
At closing, they are dismissed with a blessing.
Who Leads Godly Play?
Katie Cowan has been a member of St. Paul for four years, where she has assisted in the nursery, been a song leader for the Sonshine Singers (ages 3-5), taught 3-5 year old Sunday School, and has been involved in Missions. Katie has a husband and four children who also attend St. Paul.
Kathy Ferro has spent time leading a confirmation class, helping with VBS, and teaching 3-5 year old Sunday School. She has a husband and two children, and they have been members of St. Paul for the past four years.
What Can Parents and Older Kids Do During Godly Play?
Parents and other caregivers can enjoy coffee, donuts, and Bible study in St. Paul’s Christian Life Center while their children are at Godly Play.
Older kids can join in one of the many programs available for them; contact Don Busse for more information. (See below.)
How Can I Find Out More?
We’d love to talk to you more about our program. Call the church office and ask to speak with Don Busse, Children and Family Life Minister.