Godly Play

Sunday Mornings at 10:30

Godly Play is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children. The goal of Godly Play is “to teach children the art of using religious language — parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action — to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives.” Rooted in the Montessori tradition, Godly Play was developed and classroom tested for more than twenty years by Episcopal priest, author, and teacher Jerome Berryman.

The Godly Play method is currently being used in churches of many denominations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Since 1991, Godly Play has spread to nearly 1000 churches and institutions.

During a typical Godly Play session children are greeted, told a sacred story using special materials, and are engaged in a series of “I wonder” questions allowing them to explore the relationship between the story and their lives. Following this the children share a "feast" with time for more informal conversation. Every third or fourth week in place of the story there is time for the children to work with materials of their choice to express and “meditate” on the stories they have heard in an artistic and kinesthetic way. In this way, Godly Play helps children know God — not just know about God or the Bible.

Scripture and Faith Study

Sundays, 15 minutes after 10:30 Mass

Because Episcopalians/Anglicans rely on three sources of authority, our having a "Bible" study is an incomplete examination of our lives in faith.  Our Scripture and Faith Study looks at theological issues through the lens of Scripture, Sacred Tradition and Reason as have Anglicans since the very beginning.  Through these three lenses, we try to discern what God is saying to us through the Spirit and then try to figure out for ourselves as individuals and as a Faith Community how we are to respond.  

Scripture and Faith Study takes on many forms.  Sometimes we travel through a particular book of the Bible, usually the New Testament.  Sometimes we examine the readings for the upcoming Sunday.  Sometimes we tackle current issues and controversies through examining Scripture, Tradition and Reason.  And we usually find that the questions themselves are just as important as the answers.  

Scripture and Faith Study meets every Sunday, fifteen minutes after Mass so people have a chance to connect and get a beverage and a nosh.  Bring them with you to Absalom Jones House, the grey house behind the Church on 31st Street and join with the Rector and others in the discussion.