Favorite Godly Play Links

‘Tis the season to begin thinking about the Sunday School year. I often recommend these links to parents and prospective storytellers and doorkeepers, so I will collect them here tidily in one spot.

First, the consummate video introduction to Godly Play, done by St. John’s Parish in Stamford, Connecticut:

Then, the story of “The Great Family” beautifully told by Tami Burks in “The Great Family: Father Matthew Presents.” Gather the children around to watch this with you! (Oh, and by the way, I’m a great fan of Father Matthew. Be sure to check out all his videos.):

The mother ship is, of course, located here at the Godly Play Foundation.

I am partial to beautifully made materials that come from within the congregation, but sometimes time and talent don’t come together at the same time. During those circumstances we use our treasure to buy the beautifully made materials from Godly Play Resources.

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2 Responses to Favorite Godly Play Links

  1. stf says:

    she presents it very very well
    but because there were no children or adults present (except the cameraman) there wasn’t any eye contact etc which is a pity

    I wonder how young children would react to this story 🙂

    • admin says:

      We tell this story just as she tells it in both of our classrooms – ages 3 through 2nd grade, and 3rd – 5th grades. It is our experience that even the very young children sit attentively (because they know that afterwards it can be their time to “work” with the story).

      The lack of eye contact is a Godly Play technique. To quote Jerome Berryman,
      “Similarly, when the storyteller presents a lesson, his or her eyes are kept focused on the materials of the lesson, placed in the middle of the circle, not the children. Instead of being encouraged to respond to a teacher, the children are invited, by the storyteller’s eyes, to enter the story and respond to its deep meaning with God. When the wondering begins, eye contact with the children is restored, because the community of the circle has begun interpreting together what they have just experienced in the presentation for the day.”

      It seems counter-intuitive, but it really works!

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