Stories will be told in the Godly Play style on a Sunday Morning in our Godly Play Room during the 10.30am service (except on AAW Sundays). Godly Play was developed for mainly primary school children but its use now extends to all ages and we regularly use it during our Youth Bible Study Programme. If you would like to come and wonder with us, all are most welcome.
Young people who currently are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, have agreed to support this programme and to restore the Godly Play Room as part of their voluntary service.
Please come and chat to me if you would like to know more.
Godly Play is a well-established way of exploring and encountering God through stories and play. Unlike traditional Sunday School, the presentation of stories from the Old and New Testament allows young people the opportunity to explore and discover meanings for themselves. Originally based on the work of Maria Montessori and developed by Jerome Berryman, Godly Play is accepted and used by all the major Christian denominations and fits well with the national curriculum for RE.
At Stokesley Methodist Church, we have a Godly Play room just off our main church hall, where all our stories, toys and other resources are laid out as they appear in the Bible. We are pleased to host Godly Play sessions for Stokesley Primary School when they explore the Christian faith as part of their curriculum. Teachers have given very positive feedback of these sessions as they cater for all abilities and even those children who lack confidence in a classroom setting feel included and welcome within the Godly Play setting. They also report an improvement in children’s ability to keep still and listen, take turns and respect each other’s opinions. Any school wishing to enquire about our Godly Play facilities should contact the minister for further details.
Visit the website to learn more about Godly Play: www.godlyplay.org.uk