What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a Montessori method of telling Bible stories, developed by Jerome Berryman, using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials.
Godly Play is used extensively with adults and children in many settings, from schools to hospitals, churches to aged care facilities.
Godly Play can be a way of preparing children to join the worship life of their congregations as they experience sacred stories, symbols and rites and encounter the religious language associated with worship within the context of our faith tradition.
It invites the listener to connect faith stories with personal experience through wondering questions and open-ended response.
Imagine someone who…
- creates space to think big
- respects children’s spirituality
- builds a safe community
- enables children to make connections
- is open to the unexpected
- listens as much as talks
- slows down the pace
- doesn’t always know the answer
Imagine a way of Christian nurture that:
- promotes Biblical knowledge, empathy, spiritual growth
- provides a multi-sensory approach to learning
- develops language and communication skills
- encourages thinking skills
- has depth and reflection in every session
The heart of Godly Play
- creating sacred space
- building and working in community
- learning religious language
- using religious language and ritual to make meaning
A Godly Play session includes time to:
Experience a story.
Explore the story with questions “I wonder …?”
Respond with a free choice of creative experience.
Enjoy a simple shared feast.
Want to know more?
Godly Play can help you see and do things differently. Experience Godly Play through an introduction session where you can become a part of a Godly Play session, reflect on the ideas and values that underpin Godly Play and explore the resources.
Who Are We?
Godly Play Australia is made up of people from around Australia who have discovered Godly Play and enjoy gathering together to share stories and extend the ways in which Godly Play is understood and used in a variety of settings.
Godly Play Australia is not ‘owned’ by anyone, but is a collaborative effort by people from a range of denominations and careers who are working together to ensure that wherever you are in Australia, you have access to information about Godly Play and resources. We are affiliated with the international Godly Play community and the Godly Play Foundation US.
The Australian College of Godly Play Trainers
There are currently eight trainers available who have been recognised by the Godly Play Foundation to provide accredited Godly Play training in Australia. This involves providing core training, ongoing enrichment training, keeping a data base and maintaining a strong relationship with the Godly Play Foundation Training Operations.
Jeanette Acland, Melbourne
Carolyn Handley, Sydney
Judyth Roberts, Central Coast (NSW)
Kathrin Koning, Sunshine Coast
Kaye Lewis, Sydney
Kerry Folland, Adelaide
Shannon Schuster, Adelaide
We are able to offer a range of training options. Contact Judyth Roberts to find out more firstname.lastname@example.org or 0434 884 625
The Godly Play Australia Advisory Board
This board is made up of representatives from around Australia who are contact people, advocates for Godly Play and able to speak into local, regional and national conversations. This group meets rarely but maintains contact through the Godly Play network and is involved in a range of activities to further Godly Play in Australia. You are welcome to contact them to talk about Godly Play in your state.