Children are greeted by name before gathering in a circle to listen to one of four types of stories (Sacred, liturgical action, focal shelf, and Parables), told simply and fully, with beautifully crafted props that the storyteller unpacks from a box or basket, as if opening a gift. After, the storyteller asks “wondering” questions, pausing and affirming answers in between each. These questions often include:
I wonder which part of the story you like best?
I wonder which part is the most important?
I wonder which part of the story is about you?
I wonder if there is any part of this story we could leave out and still have all the story we need?
The children are then invited to work on something in response: to play with the props or create with the available art materials, before closing with a “feast.”
This experience allows children to see themselves in the stories we share as a faith community, immerses them in theological language, encourages them to listen for and discover God, and gives them a chance to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in their lives.
Learn more about Godly Play at goldyplayfoundation.org.