Godly Play is in full swing at Church of the Redeemer and there is some amazing good news regarding the program. During the last three months, registration has grown to 12 children. Another way of looking at our attendance boost is that there have been 85 classroom experiences for our children since January 2018.
How is this happening? The program was launched as a result of a grant the parish received from the Diocese of Olympia. We revised one of the areas in the undercroft (lower floor in the main building) with an interactive church seasons wall hanging, new storage units, a new rug, and interactive materials.
Thanks to our new head of Family and Children Ministry, Mary Nilsen, the program has gotten a shot in the arm. Mary is an experienced Christian education leader. She joined Church of the Redeemer in 2016 and was persuaded to take over the Godly Play program in January.
The Godly Play Foundation describes the program this way:
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 through wonder and play.
Each week the storyteller and doorkeepers assist the children in their exploration of the presence of God. There are currently nine volunteer doorkeepers and a storyteller. The education program meets between Sunday services at 9:30 am.
As the program expands, we need additional volunteers to help with the children. Training is provided for the volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Nilsen at email@example.com or speak with her during coffee hour.
Article by Sarah Phillips, Education Steering Committee Member
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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