During the 10am service at St. Columba's, we offer Godly Play for ages 2 to 10 in two different classrooms, Younger Godly Play for ages 2-6, and Older Godly Play for ages 7-10.
Younger Godly Play, for PreK-1st Graders (ages 2-6), focuses on skill building and providing a developmentally appropriate environment for young children. Kids who come to this class enjoy a broader storytelling of God's movement in the world, experiencing classic bible stories and receiving basic introductions to liturgical concepts like Communion and Baptism. Your children will love to share what they learn and you might catch them retelling the stories at home!
In Older Godly Play (ages 7-10), we will be centering our studies on The Way of Love, and how individuals find where they fit, discern God's call, and use their lives to pursue God. Our 2nd thru 5th graders will hear the story of the Great Family from Sarai's perspective, explore the lives of Saints like St. Francis and Mother Teresa, and begin mapping out their journey along The Way of Love. Older Children are invited to go deeper in their faith, gaining a solid understanding of our liturgical traditions through their work in Godly Play, and monthly opportunities to serve in Worship as acolytes, ushers, choir members, and more!
Godly Play is a Montessori approach to Christian Formation where children are taught christian language through the presentation of 3-dimensional stories and open-ended work time. Children are individually welcomed into the Godly Play circle to engage in that week's story, followed by a Response Time, where children select stories they've seen before, manipulatives, or art materials to work with. Godly Play encourages people to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into the story, and allowing them to process it through personal experience.