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Godly Play Introductory Workshop

June 1st, 2013

9:00 a.m. registration and coffee
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.workshop

Parish of the?Good Shepherd
2190 Hwy 592 Emsdale, Ontario

What is Godly Play?

Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to faith formation that has its roots in the work of Maria Montessori.? It was created by Jerome Berryman, an Anglican priest, about 30 years ago and has been used and developed over time by people around the world as a way of both teaching and being with children.? Godly Play uses symbols, beautifully crafted materials, rituals, and silence as well as stories to convey biblical traditions and practices of the Christian church.

Godly Play recognizes that children already know and experience God but may not have the language or opportunity to talk about and explore their experiences, thoughts, questions, and feelings.? Godly Play provides children an occasion not just to learn about God?s love, but to discover God?s love in the midst of a supportive community and environment.? It helps children learn Bible stories and religious language and to use them to make meaning.

What will happen at the workshop?

  • You will experience Godly Play stories and wondering questions.
  • You will learn about the values inherent in Godly Play.
  • You will discover how Godly Play is used with children.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with the story materials and practice storytelling.


Who is leading the workshop?

Amy Crawford is accredited as a teacher and trainer of Godly Play.? She has been using Godly Play in church settings for 15 years.? Amy lives in Toronto and works as the Program Minister for Children, Young Teens, and Youth at the General Council Office of The United Church of Canada.

How do I register?

Contact: Rev. Jeffery Hooper (705) 636-7038 or

Cost:? $10 (or as you are able). ? Lunch provided

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