Godly Play

Godly Play Old Testament story shelves

Godly Play meets during church on Sundays from 10:30-11:15 on the upper floor of the education wing three Sundays per month. (The first Sunday of each month is Youth Sunday, and children are in church).

Godly Play calendar of the church yearGodly Play offers a creative, child-centered way to enter into and experience the biblical story. In Godly Play, we play with the language of God and God’s People: our sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions, and silence. Through this powerful language, through our wondering, through the community gathered together, we hear the deepest invitation of all: an invitation to come play with God. At St. James, most children in Godly Play are between age 3 and 3rd grade. Rosemary Caspar is the storyteller.

Godly Play meets in the upstairs of the education wing. When your child arrives, the storyteller will be sitting in the story circle. The children will join the storyteller on the floor.

exodusThe storyteller slowly and deliberately brings out the story figures, arranging them as she tells the story. The children’s eyes focus where the storyteller’s eyes and hands focus” on the materials in the story.

After the story, we wonder together. The storyteller asks open-ended questions, respecting each and every answer. The wondering sinks into silence.

After the storyteller puts the materials away, she invites the children to respond to the lesson. This child might choose to create art, retell the story, read a book, or talk to the storyteller.

Godly Play concludes with a feast: a simple celebration with water and crackers.

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Adult Education

Sundays 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

The Adult Forum at St. James is an informal but focused opportunity to explore, question and better understand Christian practice today. We’re known to study Scripture, doctrine, and church history; learn from neighbors of other faiths; and struggle with questions of justice and love. We usually start with something familiar in church tradition, then poke and probe it for meaning and relevance in our daily lives. 

Coffee and treats are part of the curriculum. A discussion leader guides the always spirited conversation, but the model is to learn from each other — which will work even better if you take part!

The Forum meets from 9:30-10:25  in the Gallery on most Sunday mornings.