children's ministries -
godly play and godly science

children in church

GODLY PLAY

Godly Play is our Sunday morning teaching program for school aged children.

Children leave church early in the service and return in time for communion.

Godly Play operates in Term Time only.

During school holidays children are involved in an adapted form of the normal service.

GODLY PLAY
assists children to internalise the Christian language system through play; through carefully and respectfully mentored experience of the biblically based stories. There are six objectives that guide the trained Godly Play Mentor.

1 model - show to wonder, which helps open the children's creative process to engage in their play with God and the community of children during early, middle and late childhood.

2 shows - children how to create meaning with wondering questions arising.

3 invites - children to choose their own work from among constructive alternatives. This gives children space to confront their existential limits and ethical issues.

4 organises - the mentoring time around the deep structure of Christian worship: gathering together, listening to the scriptures, responding to the lesson, sharing a feast, and saying goodbye with mutual blessing.

5 supports - the community of children by respecting and challenging them to participate constructively.

6 clarifies - the whole Christian language system by the organisation of the teaching materials in the room. This clarity enables children to more easily internalise the four functions of the language system emphasised by Godly Play -

sacred stories
parables
liturgical action, and
contemplative silence


9.30AM Sundays

GODLY SCIENCE

Godly Science takes place during the service and is for young people in Years 4-9.

Activities include a Bible Study, prayer and a science experiment.

Children leave church early in the service and return in time for communion.

Godly Play operates in Term Time only.

During school holidays children are involved in an adapted form of the normal service.