What is Godly Play
Godly Play in the beginning
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to the art of Christian spiritual direction and faith formation, serving children between 2 and 13 years old as well as adults at churches, schools, hospitals, elderly homes and prisons around the world. Its core values, especially the emphasis on and attention to the spiritual qualities of teaching, relationships, physical space and use of time, continues to influence and challenge established traditions. Godly Play has its origins in Maria Montessori's religious education principles, and was developed by US theologian and educationalist Rev. Dr. Jerome W. Berryman and his late wife, Thea, after more than 40 years of research at the Centre for the Theology of Childhood. In 1998, Godly Play made its way to the U.K. and, in 2011, Godly Play traveled to Hong Kong. In 2015, Godly Play Hong Kong was born as a registered charity and is now part of an international network of associations and other organisations linked to the Godly Play Foundation.
To learn more about Godly Play
Berryman, J.W. The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volumes 1, 2, 3&4.
Berryman, J.W. Godly Play: How to Lead Godly Play Lessons.
Berryman, J.W. Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education.
Berryman, J.W. Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children.
Berryman, J.W. The Spiritual Guidance of Children: Montessori, Godly Play, and the Future.
Nye, Rebecca. Children's Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters.