Godly Play I: Introduction to Godly Play
Verse: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Summary: Since our 3-4-year-olds are new to Godly Play, we are starting slowly! Tonight we will practice “getting ready” and learn what our work can be. We will also have our weekly feast.
Wondering: I wonder what you liked about Godly Play? I wonder what you did not like? I wonder what these stories are?
Family Followup: Memorize the short Psalm above as a family!
Godly Play II: Circle of the Church Year
Verse: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Summary: This lesson sets the context for the whole year. Each year, the Church moves through a circle of memory and expectation to open their awareness to the presence of God in every day and in every season. In the Godly Play classroom, we pay attention to this circle of movement each week to help orient our focus firstly to the Lord, rather than all of the things we have on our calendars. The calendar is meant for rest and reflection.
Wondering: I wonder which color you like best? I wonder what happens during green? I wonder which color is the most important time? I wonder why we tell Church time?
Family Followup: Make a calendar at home! HERE and HERE are some examples. Each week as you enter the sanctuary at church and get ready for the service, make it a part of your rhythm to identify the color cloth on our Communion Table. Have your child remind you what those colors mean again.
Godly Play III: Books of the Bible
Verse: All Scripture is God-breathed and useful in teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Summary: This lesson is an overview of the books of the Bible. The storyteller will describe how the books are ordered and encourage children to learn them so they can know how to look up passages and stories in God’s Word.
Wondering: I wonder which book you like best? I wonder what all of these books are about? I wonder if we left out one, if we’d have everything we need? I wonder what God wants us to get from these books?
Family Followup: How about some books of the bible memorization? If it helps, break down the sections (e.g., memorize the major prophets this week, next week, the minors!). If you need help look HERE or HERE. There are also MANY songs out there to help you with memorization. Some are very cheesy. I thought THIS ONE was pretty good. It has a happy ukulele.