Godly Play

Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
Godly Play has a Montessori foundation with 40+ years of research and practice.
Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.
Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.

– The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, creator of The Godly Play Foundation

Godly Play at Good Sam

Our church offers Godly Play every Sunday morning. Godly Play does more than tell a Bible story and teach a moral. Godly Play introduces young children (even very young) to the stories that form the history of the Christian church, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Gospels, and does so while reinforcing the rhythm of the church year. The stories themselves are the focus.

Stories are told using simple visual aids (fabric, wooden figures, and/or small models). The children have time to reflect, retell, ask questions, and ponder open-ended questions after the storyteller finishes. We end each session with time for everyone to choose their “work” (drawing, coloring, writing, examining the story materials, etc.)

Godly Play is ideal for kids ages 2-7, but we welcome kids of any age! (Very young children may feel most comfortable with a family member to keep them company.) Older children, young adults, and members of the congregation are invited to participate, visit, or volunteer! We meet every Sunday from 9:45 – 10:25am in room 4 of the Education Wing. For more information, feel free to email Ella Jones at email, or call the church office and leave a message.

About Ella Jones

I grew up attending Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend, Oregon. I attended both U of O and OSU, studying Music Education and English Literature. My husband Kyle and I have been attending Good Sam since we were in college. In addition to leading the Godly Play program, I have the pleasure of staying at home with our two kids, Autumn (3) and Tristan (2). I also have a small studio of violin students and teach lessons a few afternoons per week. If we haven’t met yet, please feel free to introduce yourself!