The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 2

Revised and Expanded

Jerome W. Berryman, with Cheryl V. Minor and Rosemary Beales

Jun/2017, 184 Pages, PAPERBACK, 8.25 x 10.75

ISBN-13: 9780819233592



  • Incorporates the latest in Godly Play® theory and practice.
  • Revised lessons throughout, plus one brand-new lesson.

Godly Play® is an imaginative approach to working with children, an approach that supports, challenges, nourishes, and guides their spiritual quest. It is more akin to spiritual direction guidance than to what we generally think of as religious education. Revised and updated, The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 2 offers new concepts, new terminology, new illustrations, and a new structure that stem from more than 10 years of using Godly Play with children across the world. 30 to 40 percent of the text is new or revised, including a new lesson, revised Introduction, and a new full Appendix.

The Official Godly Play (R) YouTube Channel with trainers telling the stories found in The Complete Guide to Godly Play volumes in English, Spanish, and other languages.

Jerome W. Berryman is the founder of Godly Play and has wide experience working with children ages 2-18. Writer, lecturer and workshop leader, Rev. Berryman is Senior Fellow of the Center for the Theology of Childhood. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Teaching Godly Play, Children and the Theologians, and The Spiritual Guidance of Children: Montessori, Godly Play and the Future.

Cheryl V. Minor is the Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood, the academic/publishing arm of the Godly Play Foundation. For the past eighteen years she has served as co-rector at The Parish of All Saints' Church in Belmont, Massachusetts. With a degree in Music Education from Boston University, an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Minor is also a Godly Play Trainer and has been deeply involved in designing the Godly Play Foundation's training models. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Rosemary Beales is Chaplain to the Lower School at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a practitioner and trainer in the Godly Play method of religious education with a DMin from Virginia Theological Seminary. The Rev. Beales is a former journalist and currently serves as priest associate at St. Paul's in Alexandria and St. Alban's in Annandale, Virginia.

Opening Session: The Beginning of the Year
Lesson 1: Circle of the Church Year
Lesson 2: The Bible – NEW
Lesson 3: The Books of the Bible
Lesson 4: The Holy Family
Lesson 5: Creation
Lesson 6: The Flood and the Ark
Lesson 7: The Great Family
Lesson 8: The Exodus
Lesson 9: The Ten Best Ways
Lesson 10: The Ark and the Tent
Lesson 11: The Ark and the Temple
Lesson 12: The Exile and Return
Lesson 13: The Prophets
Lesson 14: The Prophet Jonah
Appendix A: The Foundational Literature for Godly Play
Appendix B: The Spiral Curriculum for Godly Play

"I am excited to see the arrival of the newly revised Volume 2 of The Complete Guide to Godly Play. This volume not only contains additional lessons and resources, but the revisions have been made by those with years of experience practicing the art of Godly Play in circles of children around the world. These updated volumes will definitely enrich our practice as biblical storytellers in the oral tradition."
––Di Pagel, Godly Play Foundation Trainer and Christian Educator, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, California

"The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Revised and Expanded: Volume 2 with its updated graphics, fonts, and formatting make it easier for the user to digest and use the material. All of the little details in storytelling, such as liturgical significance, historical background, and story prompts are not overlooked. Also, the updated "How Do You Do Godly Play" is especially helpful for planning, no matter your church size, location, or style. A new story, "The Holy Bible," answers the important and foundational question: Where do our stories come from? Finally, the language of world inclusion for all Godly Play users, no matter where in our world they call home, is a warm and beautiful addition. Worth the investment, I look forward to all the volumes being available for purchase. As a church that has loved Godly Play for fourteen years and counting, we couldn't be more excited for the improvements."
––Jessica Bejot, Director of Children's Ministry, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sun Valley, Idaho

"This revision of Godly Play® Volume 2 offers clear instructions for Godly Play teachers. The introduction is professional but not exclusionary. I feel confident offering this volume to a newcomer to Godly Play. The revision clearly sets out the theological groundwork for creating sacred space in the classroom, as well as for training teachers. What is made clear is that the end goal is not rote answers but a way of being in the world that is informed and upheld by the Godly Play model of wonder and agency in God's creation."
––Charlotte Hand Greeson, curator and editor of "Building Faith"

"These are some of the most beloved stories of faith in the Godly Play tradition. This new edition helps newcomers and long-time practitioners alike more fully experience God's closeness in the desert, river's edge, or wherever we are found."
––The Reverend Sharolyn Browning, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas

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