What is Godly Play?
Godly play is designed to engage the hands, the heart, the mind and the senses. It involves the telling of scared stories, parables and liturgical actions. Godly play is invitational (Rymarz & Hyde, 2013).
Godly Play invites students to:
– Experience and use Christian language
– Depth their understandings
According to Hyde (2019) Godly Play comprises three elements—
(1) making connections between stories and lived experiences.
(2) placing one’s self in the shoes of the Other.
(3) considering one’s own story within a Universal Story (p. 1).
“Through conversations, learning stimuli, inspirations and other interpretive acts, students are able to assign meaning to the phenomena of lived life. For Berryman, the notion of lived experience is important since it is through lived experience that a person encounters and confronts existential mysteries” (Hyde, 2019, p. 5).
Hyde, B. (2019). Connecting to Life: a new, emerging learning disposition within a Godly Play educational framework. Journal of Religious Education. Online: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40839-019-00080-8
Rymarz, R. & Hyde, B. (2013). Taking the next step: Teaching religious education in Catholic schools. Australia: David Barlow Publishing.
Some Godly Play scripts from the Catholic Education Office Ballarat
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Feeding the Five Thousand