The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language-parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. It’s about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God. Participants are encouraged to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience.
Developed by Episcopalian priest, author and teacher, Jerome W. Berryman, Godly Play is designed for children aged two to twelve and has been classroom tested since 1972. Deeply spiritual and highly creative, Godly Play is also used in schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and retirement centers. Internationally, Godly Play classrooms are found in the UK, Finland, Germany, Canada, Tanzania, Australia, and in Spanish speaking countries. Godly Play Classic is for children ages 4 through 1st Grade, while Godly Play Extreme is for children 2nd through 5th Grade, #Jesus Squad is for 6th-9th graders and The Den is for 10th - 12th graders.