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Jackie Macadam learns about Godly Play, a different ap p roach to working with children in the Church.
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AMONG the new expressions of Church there now seems to be something of a myriad of choices for the parents of young children.

Where once, church simply involved Sunday School for youngsters and perhaps a Bible Class for older children, now there are options such as Messy Church and Godly Play.

Whereas Messy Church speaks for itself, what is Godly Play and what does play have to do with Church?

Alex Mackenzie, a Godly Play trainer, who works with a small team of Godly Play advocates from the manse of Duddingston Kirk in Edinburgh, explains: “Godly Play is an approach to Church based on Montessori principles and the understanding that children discover and develop their own relationship with God for themselves. I’ve used Godly Play for longer than I’ve used any other single methodology for working with children and young people.

She adds: “The Godly Play teacher’s role is to support or help guide the person on that journey.”

“There are also elements of the ‘traditional’ church service about a Godly Play session, and like many activities aimed at children, it is fairly structured.”

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In this month's issue we learn about Godly Play, a different approach to working with children in the Church and we meet writer and storyteller Irene Howat.
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