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Godly Play Workshops

This spring, Christ Church will be hosting a series of three Godly Play Workshops on Saturdays March 25, April 1, and April 8. Scroll down to the end of this page for registration links.

Godly Play is a wonderful Christian education curriculum based on the Montessori approach to teaching. Godly Play training focuses on child-centered teaching that is very respectful towards children and recognizes that even very young children already have some knowledge of God. The Godly Play curriculum focuses on teaching children religious language so they can express and deepen their experience with God. Dawn Stewart will be the trainer for this series of workshops. Ms. Stewart is a remarkable storyteller and a seasoned Godly Play trainer. I attended one of her workshops in Philadelphia last year and was very impressed with her expertise and passion for teaching.

Because we are hosting these workshops, our parishioners are invited to register for free. This is a great opportunity because the class normally costs $155. Each workshop is a full day of training. I realize that this is a large commitment of time. For church school teachers and potential teachers, I assure you this is a solid investment of your time. Whether you attend 1, 2 or 3 of these workshops, you will leave knowing much more about Godly Play, early childhood development, and teaching in general. It is well worth your time. If you are able to attend all three, you will receive certification as a Godly Play instructor (if you only have time to attend one workshop, you will still come away with a solid grounding in Godly Play).

Here is the schedule of workshops:

Workshop 1: Sacred Stories

Saturday March 25: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

lunch will be included

Workshop 2: Parables

Saturday April 1: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

lunch will be included

Workshop 3: Liturgical Action

Saturday April 8: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

lunch will be included

If you would like to attend a Godly Play workshop, please register soon before slots fill up. Christ Church members may use promo code and register for free. Please contact Theresa Blackburn-Tuttle to receive the code.

Here are the registration links:

Sacred Stories: https://www.trailblz.info/godlyplay/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=43

Parables:

https://www.trailblz.info/godlyplay/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=44

Liturgical Action: https://www.trailblz.info/godlyplay/eventcomplete.aspx?eventid=45

If you decide to attend a workshop, please consider reading Teaching Godly Play by Jerome Berryman. The Godly Play organization requests that attendees read this first if they have time. Many thanks!

-Theresa Tuttle, Director of Children's Formation

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