Stories of Quaker faith, practice, and witness for Friends using the Godly Play method of storytelling
Faith & Play™ is a set of stories for Friends to use as a vehicle for learning about Quaker faith and practice, and to explore our identity as Friends. Because the format is experiential, listeners can find meaning in the story drawing on their own life experience. Stories provide an opportunity to explore faith both as an individual and as part of a spiritual community.
Following the Godly Play® model, a Faith & Play story is told both verbally and visually, using simple materials, with participants gathered in a circle. It is characterized by:
- Reverently-paced storytelling
- Periods of reflective silence
- Gentle gestures and movements of story materials
- Invitations to wonder out loud together
- Affirmation of each person’s sharing
- Individual work and creative expression using art or story materials
- An ongoing rhythm of communal listening, worship, and sharing.
Faith & Play stories were originally intended for children 3-12 years old, and this remains our primary focus. At the same time, the stories are also used with older youth, multigenerational groups, and with adults new to Quakerism.
By creating space to experience our living faith, Faith & Play Stories have become a valuable resource for Quaker meetings and churches, Friends schools, multigenerational events, and home use. Read More…
Nurturing Childhood Spirituality
Deep respect for children and their spiritual lives is at the heart of Faith & Play. Each story session might be called a “meeting for worship with attention to story” and attends to the Spirit’s ongoing activity in children’s lives.
Adults do not need to give children a spiritual life; each child already has one. The method used with Faith & Play and Godly Play stories helps children access their spiritual lives and it gives them words and images for expressing what they experience of the Divine in each day. Adult mentors create and maintain an open, safe, and welcoming classroom environment that nurtures wonder and loving community.
Children are drawn deeply into their own individual experience of Spirit and corporate experience of spiritual community. Through their responses to experiential wondering questions, children have opportunities to express where they find themselves in the stories.
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Journeys to Christmas: Preparing for the Season. A Community of Practice Conversation on Thursday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 PM ET. Registration is required to join on Zoom.
THIS POWERFUL WAY OF BEING WITH CHILDREN can transform your First Day program for children, and nurture your own spiritual life. We are experimenting with hybrid trainings this Fall, which combine online sessions and a shorter in-person weekend. Interested in exploring this option for your meeting, Friends church, or a regional group of Friends?
Quakers using Godly Play® in their religious education program have stories from that curriculum and other resources to choose from during this time of the year.
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“Faith & Play” refers to Quaker stories developed, tested and approved by Faith & Play Stories, Inc.
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