The Complete Guide to Godly Play

Author: Jerome W. Berryman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1606741268
Format: PDF, Docs
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The eight volumes of Godly Play invite children from ages 3 to 12 (and beyond) to enter into a deeper and more spontaneous and playful relationship with God. Based on the Montessori method, Godly Play uses a purposeful telling of lessons and stories, engaging storytelling materials and the community of children themselves to encourage participants to seek and find their own answers to their faith questions. This unique approach to religious education invites children to wonder about themselves, God and the world in a way that is both playful and meaningful. Godly Play is really a practice of spiritual guidance because it respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages them to use their own curiosity and imagination to experience deeply the joy and mystery of God. Volume 8 of The Complete Guide to Godly Play includes the following new lessons: • The Greatest Parable • Jesus and Jerusalem: The Story of Holy Week • Mary, the Mother of Jesus • Knowing Jesus in a New Way • The Church • The Liturgical Synthesis It also includes a wealth of capstone insights gleaned from decades of research and practice, as well as an appendix summarizing the foundational literature and describing the entirety of the Godly Play spiral curriculum as it exists today.

Teaching Godly Play

Author: Jerome W. Berryman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1606740482
Format: PDF
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This revised and expanded version of Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman's 1995 handbook is for current and future users of Godly Play. With this revision, the book's original formatting has been redesigned to complement the eight volumes in The Complete Guide to Godly Play series. Illustrations have also been updated, and the text now better reflects the playful spirit of Godly Play. Up-to-date research in childhood development and instruction has also been incorporated in this comprehensive update.

Young Children and Worship

Author: Sonja M. Stewart
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664250409
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The authors have devised an exciting way to introduce three- to - seven year olds to the wonder of worship. Activities are developed around the order of worship commonly used in Reformed churches: assemble in God's name; proclaim, give thanks to and go in God's name.

Graceful Nurture

Author: Rebecca L. McClain
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0898699673
Format: PDF, Docs
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Graceful Nurture, written by Rebecca McClain, a long-time "Godly Player" and member of the Godly Play Foundation Board, presents the case for the use of Godly Play with adults. Rebecca lays out four creative "courses" for adults: The Heavenly Banquet -- for preparing adults for baptism, confirmation, and reaffirmation of vows (12 weeks); Dessert Only -- for preparing families who are beginning Godly Play; Slow Cooking -- a Godly Play retreat weekend; and Coffee and Cream -- using Godly Play on Sunday Mornings (12 weeks). Requiring the use of lessons from the Complete Guide to Godly Play (which are NOT included in the book), Graceful Nurture offers background on Godly Play, including why and how to use it with adults, and in depth notes and suggestions for 12 key Godly Play lessons, including how to adapt them for an adult audience. The four "courses" all build on these 12 lessons.

Children and the Theologians

Author: Jerome W. Berryman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9780819227126
Format: PDF, ePub
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The long story of children in theology is told via analysis of some twenty-five theologians, grouped according to six historical periods. Each account examines what a particular theologian thought about children and the experience it was based upon. Four themes that have shaped our attitudes about children in the church emerge from this history: ambivalence, ambiguity, indifference, and grace. The result of this study is to promote a healthier church, which will respect and utilize the distinctive gifts of children. In so doing, theologians will be better able to help clear the way for grace in the postmodern church.

Stories of God at Home

Author: Jerome Berryman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0898690498
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• A method for families to share the biblical story at home and learn the practice of sharing one another’s stories as part of God’s Story • Includes full color images of the materials described in text Using Godly Play® methods, Jerome Berryman offers families a way of nourishing faith in the home while supporting children’s spiritual growth through the practice of “storying,” our most ancient way of making meaning. This book offers “storying” rituals and techniques from Godly Play for exploring the meaning of Christmas, Easter, Creation, the Parable of the Good Shepherd, Pentecost, and the Trinity to give sustenance to the family’s flow, play, love, and spirituality. Stories of God at Home follows the rhythm of life’s cycles (birth, death, earth, life, God, and depth) in telling biblical stories and shows how parents and caretakers can grasp their role with children using classic children’s literature.

Godly Play

Author: Jerome Berryman
Publisher: Augsburg Books
ISBN: 9780806627854
Format: PDF, ePub
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Meaningful, lasting learning comes from childlike curiosity and play. The approach of this book is to make relgious instruction fun, spontaneous and deeply spiritual. Godly Play is a practical yet innovative approach to religious education--becoming childlike in order to teach children.

The Complete Guide to Godly Play

Author: Jerome W. Berryman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 193196047X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Additional Enrichment Sessions -15 new lessons with focus on stories of Jesus, created to integrate with the presentations in Volume 4. Including Lent and the Resurrection appearances of Jesus.

The Spiritual Guidance of Children

Author: Jerome W. Berryman
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0819228400
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This new book is an important "history-of-traditions" work in which Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman re-visions religious education as spiritual guidance and traces the history of Montessori religious education through four generations. Berryman then highlights the development of the Godly Play approach to spiritual guidance within this context and concludes with thoughts about the fifth generation and the future of the tradition.