Godly Play I: 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 themselves to the presence of God. 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 Follow Up: Each week as you enter the sanctuary and get ready for the service, make it a habit to identify the color cloth on our Communion Table. Have your child remind you what those colors mean again.
Godly Play II: Falling Apart
Verse: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Summary: This is the story of how everything fell apart in the garden. Your children will hear about how Adam and Eve sinned, realized that everything was different because of sin and were banished from Eden. You can also find this account in Genesis 2:4-3:24.
Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be in the wonderful garden? I wonder what Adam and Eve thought about the serpent? I wonder what Adam and Eve felt when they hid from God? I wonder what Adam and Eve thought would bring them back to a new garden?
Family Follow-up: For Family: Read this story from the bible together. Consider together: What is sin? What are impacts of sin? This is a big concept for concrete thinking K-1st graders so you might have to give some examples.
Godly Play III: Knowing Jesus in a New Way
Verse: The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 1 John 1:2
Summary: Today we are continuing in our new story set that walks us through the days between Jesus’ resurrection to Pentecost. It’s called Knowing Jesus in a New Way. Today’s focus reviews last week’s story of the women at the empty tomb and continues with Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus.
Wondering: I wonder what the men meant when they said their hearts burned within them? I wonder why they did not recognize Jesus right away?
Family Follow-up: This story is from Luke 24:13-35. Practice looking this passage up with your children.