Early Bird Registration for Godly Play Core Training Open Through July 27

July 12, 2012

Godly Play Core Training will be offered in August at First United Methodist Church of Loomis. Dates and times are:   

Friday, August 24, 4:30-9 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
 
Save $65 by taking advantage of early bird registration: Cost is $295 through July 27 and $360 thereafter.
 
First UMC of Loomis is located at 6414 Brace Road, Loomis, CA 95650.
 
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian 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.
 
When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to see the meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple. It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained. It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them. It's about understanding how each of the stories of God's people connects with the child's own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
 
The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, the Creator, and the Redeemer all at once, and all the time in every place. This helps children become deeply rooted as Christians, yet at the same time helps them use powerful language and community to be open and creative.
 
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture, based on long established, tried and tested approaches. It encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience.
 
Godly Play is a non-coercive way to encourage people to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith, through wondering questions and open-ended response time. It values process, openness and discovery.
 
Godly Play is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols, and rites.
 
Although originally developed as a resource for children, Godly Play now is being used with a wide range of age groups in a diversity of settings.
 
What is Godly Play Core Training?
Many things can be learned from a lecture, but Godly Play is best learned from the inside out. And this is what is done at Godly Play Foundation Core Training.
 
Blurring the lines between teacher and student, you will experience and learn Godly Play stories in a collegial, prayerful setting. Godly Play Foundation's talented trainers will deepen your understanding of children's spirituality while guiding you on a personal journey of wonder. By exploring the fundamental foundations of a Godly Play classroom at an accredited training event, you will improve your teaching skills, learn how to build a classroom of your own, and will leave spiritually refreshed.
 
Prior experience with Godly Play is helpful, but not necessary. Participants are asked to read Teaching Godly Play, How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children by Jerome W. Berryman before attending the training. A Godly Play Foundation "Godly Play Teacher Certificate" will be awarded upon completion of the training.
 
Dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, is included in your registration. Free housing is available. Participants are required to be present for the entire training.
 
For more information, contact Becca Cramer at Becca@LoomisFUMC.org or 916.652.0469.
 
Click here to register. And remember: You'll save $65 if you sign up by July 27!