The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 3

Revised and Expanded

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

Sep/2017, 232 Pages, PAPERBACK, 8.25 x 10.75

ISBN-13: 9780898690835



  •  Revised pages 128-130
  • Incorporates the latest in Godly Play® theory and practice.
  • Revised lessons throughout, plus one brand-new lesson.

The Godly Play® approach helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play® method services children through early, middle, and late childhood and beyond.

Revised and expanded, The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 3 offers new concepts, new terminology, new illustrations, and a new structure that stem from more than ten years of using Godly Play® with children across the world. 30 to 40 percent of the text is new or revised, including two new lessons, two radically changed lessons, a 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.

Lesson 1: Advent I
Lesson 2: Advent II
Lesson 3: Advent III
Lesson 4: Advent IV
Lesson 5: A Children’s Liturgy for Christmas Eve
Lesson 6: The Mystery of Christmas
Lesson 8: Holy Baptism
Lesson 9: Parable of the Good Shepherd
Lesson 10: Parable of the Good Samaritan
Lesson 11: Parable of the Great Pearl
Lesson 12: Parable of the Sower
Lesson 13: Parable of the Leaven
Lesson 14: Parable of the Mustard Seed
Lesson 15: Side-by-Side Parables – NEW
Lesson 16: Parable of Parables
Lesson 17: Parable of the Deep Well
Lesson 18: Parable Synthesis I: All the Parables, the “I Am” Statements, and the Parable Games – SUBSTANTIALLY UPDATED
Lesson 19: Parable Synthesis II: The “I Am” Statements in Context – SUBSTANTIALLY UPDATED
Lesson 20: Making Silence – NEW
Appendix A: The Foundational Literature for Godly Play
Appendix B: The Spiral Curriculum for Godly Play

•    Revised Introduction
•    All Lessons are revised
•    New Illustrations

“In The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 3, Revised and Expanded Jerome Berryman provides needed updates to the instructions, scripts, and illustrations for presenting Parables and Liturgical stories. This volume provides Godly Play practitioners with new resources on practicing silence and telling parables side by side. The two appendices on the Spiral Curriculum and Foundational Literature help to enhance and deepen understanding and practice. This is a must read for Godly Play storytellers, trainers, and advocates who want to strengthen their capacity to play with the metaphors of parables and intensify the practice of meaningful silence.”
––Amy Crawford, Team Leader Faith Formation and Mission, General Council of The United Church of Canada.

“This revised Complete Guide to Godly Play is a must have for all Christian educators’ shelves. Everything you love about the original books has been carefully clarified and expanded, with answers and suggestions that respond to the questions we’ve all needed in our Godly Play classrooms over the years. The introductory material and the lesson presentations alike are well written and will delight all Godly Play teachers.”
––Tina Clark, Family Minister at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Denver, Colorado

“Over and over, I have seen the power of Godly Play to bring children (and adults) to a place of deep encounter with God. The stories are filled with awe and wonder, and the use of ‘wondering questions’ allows for children to make meaning for themselves, to disagree with one another, and to share their thoughts and experiences. Godly Play takes God, children, and the Bible seriously.”
––Margaret Pritchard Houston, Children’s Mission Enabler for the Diocese of St. Albans, Church of England

“Godly Play offers children the time and space to connect with God through play. It is a treasure we offer our children to engage with stories and liturgical action in a way that honors the child where they are. The Godly Play program remains one of the best experiences my children have had with God. The quiet and thoughtful way stories are presented coupled with the independent work time, creates a sacred, reflective time that allows children to deepen their relationship with God.”
––Elise Jones, Associate for Children and Family Ministries, Trinity Church Menlo Park, California

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