The Gospels portray Jesus drawing close to children with deep affection. "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14). In this passage, all the little children brought to Jesus received from him the laying on of hands with prayer (v. 13). Children can know Jesus profoundly! Peter proclaimed on the day of Pentecost that the promise of the Holy Spirit is for the entire family, adults, children and for all who are far away from God (Acts 2: 39).
We all play a role in their godly formation. While parents have the primary oversight of this task, it takes an extended family to provide a wider pool of nurturing relationships.
During worship, our children remain through all the Scripture readings and then are blessed and sent to participate in Godly Play, our children's church curriculum. They return to be with their families during the Eucharist (Communion).
Godly Play is rooted in story, wonder, liturgy, discovery and joy as children seek and find the mystery of God's presence. It is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.
The curriculum follows the liturgical year and imparts the richness of Holy Time.
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice.
Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols, sacraments and observations of the Christian calendar.
Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
Godly Play nurtures children to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.
Little Lambs involves toddlers to age 3
Godly Play involves ages 3 to 8