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Godly Play Environment

  1. 1. Unspoken Lesson: The Environment
  2. 2. The Godly Play Environment <ul><li>Speaks to what we believe; </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the Godly Play process; </li></ul><ul><li>Is always a work in progress; </li></ul><ul><li>Yet how can we begin? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Your Church’s Worship Space and Children’s Space <ul><li>What do they say about God? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they say about the people who gather here? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they say about being the church? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What we don’t say may speak the loudest!
  5. 5. Hopefully, a Godly Play Space Says <ul><li>This is a holy space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacred objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special furnishings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respectful handling and movement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This is a place for children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child sized furnishings and focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not too many adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No materials are “off-limits” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This is a place you can trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Things will remain in place from week to week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The stories are always here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s work is safe </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. A Model Godly Play Room
  7. 7. Where to Begin? <ul><li>A complete cleaning and clearing out </li></ul><ul><li>Some paint and new floor covering </li></ul><ul><li>A focal shelf </li></ul><ul><li>An art supply shelf and place to store work </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas and Easter shelves </li></ul><ul><li>Other shelves and stories as you can </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Focal Shelf Basket of World People Volume 4 page 91 The people of the world are invited and come to the Good Shepherd’s table Circle of Church Year Volume 2 page 23 Wooden model and gold cord The church tells time by colour and liturgical seasons Tray with small candles; bowl of sand; candle snuffer; (box of matches in a safe container) Volume 3 page 70 Candles for each child to remember their baptism Good Shepherd’s Table with small chalice and paten Volume 4 page 91 Stands on a wooden/ green felt circle The sacrament of Holy Communion evokes our liturgical response to ‘I am the Good Shepherd’ Tray or basket with Cloths in Liturgical colours Colours change according to the season The liturgical coloured cloths show the passage of time as they are changed according to the seasons Holy Baptism Volume 4, page Tray with bowl / jug : doll in a crib; 3 white felt circles (45cms diameter ) ; model dove; container of oil ; cloth The sacrament of baptism evokes our liturgical response to ‘I am the light’ The Good Shepherd stands on a wooden/green felt circle with sheepfold and sheep Volume 4 page 91 Christ said ‘I am the Good Shepherd’. Christ’s presence is deepened by the image of the response he made about his own identity The Holy Family & Risen Christ sits on the appropriate liturgical colour cloth figure of Risen Christ behind Holy Family Volume 2 p. 34 Christ is at the centre it evokes transformation –in -Christ The liturgical colour tells us we are in the church year The Christ Candle on a small dish. Christ said; ‘I am the light’ Christ’s presence is deepened by the image of the response he made about his own identity
  9. 10. Liturgical Shelves Christmas and Easter To the left of the Focal Shelf Stories of Christmas Stories of Christmas Supporting materials Epiphany Volume 3, page 64 Box or tray with gold, frankincense, myrrh, charcoal, fire-proof container to burn incense, and tweezers to handle charcoal. Use with Advent materials. Candles – Advent Lesson Volume 3, page 27 Basket or tray of Advent candles, the same colours used in your church. The Mystery of Christmas Volume 3, page 56 A gold box with 6 images mounted on wood or foam core, labels for each image, and related biblical texts for each image. Advent Cards & Underlay Volume 3, page 27 A tray or basket with the 5 image cards for Advent/ Christmas stories and underlay. Model of Bethlehem Volume 3, page 27 A 3-dimensional wooden model on a wooden base. Used for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany stories.
  10. 12. Liturgical Shelves: Lent and Easter To the right of the Focal Shelf Supporting Materials Books and pictures Supporting materials Easter Egg Lesson Volume 4 page 74 A basket of decorated Ukrainian Eggs with the support materials Circle of The Holy Eucharist Volume 4, page 100 A basket with plaques showing the different parts of the Eucharist. A large green felt circle, 1 metre in diameter Synagogue and Upper Room Volume 4, page 99 Wooden models of the synagogue and upper room with the bronze figure; the lectern, the scroll, and a table. Volume 4 page 99 The Faces of Easter Volume 4, page 3 A tray or basket with the 7 images of Christ and the purple underlay. The Mystery of Easter Volume 4, page 27 A purple bag with six wooden pieces that make the mystery of Easter
  11. 13. Sacred Story Shelves Old Testament Jonah Volume 2 p 107 Bible atlas Concordance Story books Pictures Reference books Books Puzzles Daniel Volume 6, page 116 Isaiah Volume 6, page 86 David Volume 6, page 76 Joseph Volume 6, page 51 Jacob Volume 6, page 44 Jeremiah Volume 6, page 103 Elijah Volume 6, page 86 Samuel Volume 6, page 72 Ruth Volume 6, page 66 Moses Volume 6, page 58 See Volume 6 Sarah Volume 6, page 38 the above Abraham Volume 6, page 32 that develop Other stories Second Creation The Falling Apart Volume 6 p 25 Exile and Return Volume 2, page 103 Tray with baskets; people of God; Chain and two wooden blocks; two pieces of blue wool Ark and Temple Volume 2, Page 87 Model of temple; basket of furniture; small person; and scroll Ark and the Tent Volume 2, Page 81 Tray with baskets of People of God, tent furniture; the ark model and four cloth coverings 10 Best Ways Volume 2, page 73 Tray with basket of People of God; heart shaped box; Mt Sinai Exodus Volume 2, page 65 Tray with basket of People of God; two blue felt pieces, basket of matzo People of God Tray with baskets holding people of God. Used with many stories Great Family Volume 2, page 57 Stones, two wooden blocks, two lengths of blue wool. Ark and Flood Volume 2, page 49 Ark model, baskets with people and animals, stones, prism, dove brown underlay Creation Volume 2 page 41 Tray or holder with the 7 creation plaques and a black underlay
  12. 15. Sacred Story Shelves, continued Reference books Pictures Puzzles Stories Desert Box A transitional shelf separating OT and NT Job Volume 6, page 126 Container with wooden camel, sheep, cow, whirlwind A Bible Opened at the day’s lesson Ezekiel Volume 6, page 110 Tray or box; image of prophet’s dream, prophet’s scroll, bones, image of Jerusalem, brick Unwritten Lesson Volume 4, Page 143 A beautiful blank book for children to write their story. Paul Volume 4, Page 126 7 plaques telling the story of Paul; red underlay; basket or container with scrolls of Paul’s letters. Pentecost Volume 4, Page 120 Red wooden box with wooden blocks; red underlay; strips of brown felt; basket of apostle shields Jesus and the 12 Volume 4, page 81 Picture of Last Supper; tray or basket with apostle shields and cue cards also small last supper cue card. Books of Bible Volume 2, page 114 Shelf model with individual books of the Bible; also cue cards Prophets Volume 2, page 126 Tray with basket for prophet’s scrolls; Chain; two wooden blocks; two pieces of blue wool
  13. 16. Parable Shelves Pictures, etc Puzzles Stories Parable Game Cards Volume 3 page 148 A basket or tray with different games and activities written on separate cards. ‘ I Am’ Statements Volume 3 page 139 A basket or tray with all the ‘I am’ statements from John’s gospel – written out on triangular cards- with references. All the Parables Volume 3 page 132 A basket or tray with every gospel parable written out on separate cards with references. Parable of the Deep Well Volume 3 page 127 Wooden box; oatmeal felt underlay, model well, small bucket, strips of gold cord Parable of Parables Volume 3 page 121 A series of various coloured boxes of graduating sizes The Leaven Volume 3 page 109 Gold box; oatmeal felt underlay, box with measures of flour etc., box with leaven, figure of woman. The Great Pearl Volume 3 page 95 Gold box; inside white underlay, felt outline houses, furniture, figures of seller and merchant, box of pearls . The Sower Volume 3 page 102 Gold box; brown underlay, basket of birds, plaques of soils, 3 harvest bags, figure of sower. The Mustard Seed Volume 3 page 115 Gold box; inside a yellow underlay, green felt tree, basket of birds and nests, figure of person, box, plaque with person and tree. Good Samaritan Volume 3 page 87 Gold box; brown underlay, light brown felt strip, Jerusalem and Jericho, figures of traveller, priest, Levite, robbers, Samaritan, donkey plaque. Good Shepherd Volume 3, page 77 Gold box; green underlay, blue felt, dark felt, brown felt strips, 5 sheep, wolf Good Shepherd, ordinary shepherd.
  14. 18. Response Materials Collection of newspapers magazines for collage, etc. Construction materials Wooden blocks, wood scraps, tiles, nuts, bolts, hammers, screwdrivers, etc. Clay/Modelling material Traditional clay, plasticine, Femo, modelling tools and some small boards to work on… Containers of Beads/Sequins Wooden sticks Pipe cleaners etc. Scrap Box Fabric pieces, natural objects, ribbons, different textures and shapes Trays for work Or pieces of hardboard cut into rectangles of approximately 45cm x 60 cm Cardstock A different selection of sizes and colours Tissue paper Crepe paper Foil Papers Coloured pencils Watercolour pencils, coloured drawing pencils Crayons Thick and thin wax crayons. Artist’s oil pastels and chalk pastels- these have really strong colours; Willow charcoal… Sewing Wool, thread, large plastic needles; canvas or burlap; embroidery hoops Wool and thread in small jars with holes in lids, saves tangles. Colour-code the lids for the colour of wool or thread Pots/ Containers For water, glue, beads, etc. Water bottle or jug if your room does not have a tap Variety of Paints Washable water colour paint and poster paint Specialist Papers Watercolour paper , pastel paper; wall paper, etc. in varying patterns and types Paper Wide selection of different sizes, colours, and weights, Drawing and writing A variety of different pencils and pens; felt markers and pens in different sizes and colours; calligraphy pens Variety of Scissors Good quality in a variety of sizes and blades; be sure to include left handed Variety of Glue Liquid and sticks; glitter glue is less messy than glitter Sticky Tape Different colours and sizes, double sided; masking tape Variety of Brushes Thick and thin brushes, household paint brushes, pieces of sponge etc. Wet-wipes/ Paper Towels
  15. 20. Imagine Your Space <ul><li>Draw a rough sketch of your space </li></ul><ul><li>Outline where you would put the focal table, story shelves, response materials, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>What needs to happen to create a space for children that is holy, a place of trust? </li></ul><ul><li>What conversations do you need to have in order to make this a reality? </li></ul>
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