Godly Play Kids

Godly Play Vol

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From the Godly Play Foundation: “Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.” Friends will find the lessons on Bible stories to be a rich resource. Those about church structure, tradition and liturgy are less applicable.*

  • Volume 1: Introduces the Godly Play approach with detailed information on creating a special space for children and techniques for presenting each lesson.
  • Volume 2: Lessons on the Bible, the Holy Family and Old Testament stories
  • Volume 3: Lessons on Advent, Christmas and the parables
  • Volume 4: Lessons on Easter and Pentacost
  • Volume 5: Practical information for religious educators
  • Volume 6: Lessons on key people in the Old Testament
  • Volume 7: Lessons on saints
  • Volume 8: Lessons on Jesus, Mary, the church and the liturgy.

* See Faith and Play for a comparable curriculum on Quaker faith and practice and the work of early Friends.

Godly Play Training is available around the US and Canada, usually an intensive weekend training. The prerequisite text is: Teaching Godly Play: How to mentor the spiritual development of children by Jerome W. Berryman

All manuals can be purchased in English or Spanish from the Godly Play Foundation

Author: Jerome W. Berryman


Publisher: Church Publishing Incorporated

Age Group: 4 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years

Preparation Time2.00

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TopicsAge Level Variations, Bible, Meditation & Centering, Teacher Training, Theology

An Introduction

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. We formed in April 2014 and now serve more than 300 Friends in our network. We actively engage and support each other across languages and continents. We gather for regional and annual conferences and offer monthly Conversation Circles via an online conferencing platform. 

Steering Circle

We share leadership as part of our collaborative mission, making decisions using the Quaker ‘sense of the meeting’ process, sitting in expectant, worshipful waiting for the emergence of shared truth. Read more…

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The Resource Library

Finders Guide, a sampling of the collection

The QREC Resource Library is a place to share lessons and other educational information in support of our work as Quaker religious educators. This library is a forum for curricula, articles, videos and other educational materials on Quaker themes. You will also find principles, policies and procedures to strengthen operation of your child, youth and adult religious education programs.

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Find renewal, companionship, and help for nitty gritty issues in Quaker religious education, all the while opening spaces for Spirit to work and listening together for God’s way forward.

QREC holds an annual conference and retreat. In addition we hold online Conversation Circles and post other religious education events as we learn about them.

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Online conferences for Quaker religious educators to share about their work. Conversations are scheduled for two sessions per topic to encourage international participation.  Join the conversation…

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Faith at Home

Home is the heart of faith formation for all families. This is especially true for Friends. As an experiential religion, Quakerism is best learned through living in loving community. Indeed, the vast majority of faith formation for our young Friends happens at home in the busy swirl of daily life.

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