Godly Play

Godly Play

godlyplayGodly Play teaches the art of using religious language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping people become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives in deeply spiritual and highly creative ways.

Developed by author, teacher and Episcopal priest, Jerome W. Berryman, Godly Play is offered throughout the United States within denominations as diverse and varied as Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian. Originally designed for children aged two to twelve, Godly Play is now used with people of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and retirement centers. Internationally, Godly Play classrooms are found in the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Canada, Tanzania, Australia, and in Spanish speaking countries.

The Godly Play Foundation serves children and families directly through training and education of teachers in the Godly Play method.  We in the Diocese of Oregon are fortunate that Caryl Menkhus, the national Director of Training, lives in Portland and offers training at Trinity Cathedral on a regular basis.  Members of our own Ministry of Lifelong Christian Formation are also available to consult with congregations who want to learn more about Godly Play.

To learn more about Godly Play, go to www.godlyplay.org

Godly Play teaching materials are available at Church Publishing www.churchpublishing.org

Godly Play resources available to check-out

Each resource may be checked out for one month with a limit of two checked out to a congregation at one time, unless special arrangements have been made. For further information, contact the Rev. Canon Carol Sedlacek, Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation, at 971-204-4124, or carols@diocese-oregon.org.

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play: 14 Presentations for Fall (Volume 2)

  • Lesson 1: The Circle of the Church Year
  • Enrichment Lesson: The Holy Family
  • Lesson 2: Creation
  • Lesson 3: The Flood and the Ark
  • Lesson 4: The Great Family
  • Lesson 5: The Exodus
  • Lesson 6: The Ten Best Ways
  • Lesson 7: The Ark and the Tent
  • Lesson 8: The Ark and the Temple
  • Lesson 9: The Exile and Return
  • Enrichment Lesson: The Prophets
  • Enrichment Lesson: Jonah, the Backward Prophet
  • Enrichment Lesson: The Books of the Bible

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play: 20 Presentations for Winter (Volume 3)

  • Lessons 1-4: Advent I-IV
  • Enrichment Lesson: The Mystery of Christmas
  • Lesson 5: Epiphany
  • Lesson 6: Holy Baptism
  • Lesson 7: Parable of the Good Shepherd
  • Lesson 8: Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • Lesson 9: Parable of the Great Pearl
  • Lesson 10: Parable of the Sower
  • Lesson 11: Parable of the Leaven
  • Lesson 12: Parable of the Mustard Seed
  • Enrichment Lesson: Parable of Parables
  • Enrichment Lesson: Parable of the Deep Well
  • Enrichment Lesson: Parable Synthesis

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play: 20 Presentations for Spring (Volume 4)

  • Enrichment Lesson: The Holy Family
  • Lesson 1: The Mystery of Easter
  • Lessons 2-8: The Faces of Easter I-VII
  • Enrichment Lesson: The Crosses
  • Enrichment Lesson: Easter Eggs
  • Lesson 9: Jesus and the Twelve
  • Lesson 10: The Good Shepherd and World Communion
  • Lesson 11: The Synagogue and the Upper Room
  • Lesson 12: Circle of the Holy Eucharist
  • Lesson 13: The Mystery of Pentecost
  • Lesson 14: Paul’s Discovery
  • Lesson 15: The Holy Trinity

From the Complete Guide to Godly Play (Volume 8)

Lessons 7-13: Knowing Jesus in a New Way