Godly Play in Middle and Late Childhood

Cheryl V. Minor, Foreword by Jerome W. Berryman and Heather Ingersoll

Jul/2022, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640655799



An internationally recognized Christian formation program.

This latest addition to the Godly Play® series focuses on methods for mentors to use with school-aged children. There are multiple ways mentors can keep older children engaged, from changes to the environment, adding more stories, adding print material to the room, adding more sophisticated materials for free-art response to the stories, and more. There are compelling reasons for doing Godly Play with this age group and this book shows you how.

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Praise for the Godly Play series:

"Jerome Berryman recognizes the inherent spirituality of childhood and his message in this book empowers parents and caregivers to nurture their children’s connection to their place of belonging in God’s ongoing story."
Christian Education Journal

"Jerome Berryman's work helps children internalize the Christian tradition, and then offers them the opportunity to use that tradition in their daily living."
—Rev. Jim Carr, Methodist Minister, San Antonio

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.

“. . . A fundamental guide to how Godly Play can grow with our children on the developmental journey through middle and late childhood. The book calls us to create spaces for older children that give them permission to play, to wonder, to allow for mystery and big questions—Godly Play spaces.”
—Melinda Wenner Bradley, Director of Communication and Training at Faith and Play Stories (the Quaker adaptation of Godly Play)

“Cheryl’s depth and breadth of experience with children of all ages and her commitment to faith formation make this book a solid addition to every Christian educator’s library.”
—The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales, Godly Play Trainer

Foreword by Jerome W. Berryman and Heather Ingersoll 

Chapter 1: The Children 
Chapter 2: The Environment 
Chapter 3: The Spiral Curriculum 
Chapter 4: Leading the Session 
Chapter 5: Response Time 
Chapter 6: The Feast 
Chapter 7: Nurturing the Nurturers 
Chapter 8: Why Do It? 

Appendix A: Maps of the Godly Play Room 
Appendix B: Chart of the Spiral Curriculum 
Appendix C: Sample Story Schedules 
Appendix D: Annotated List of Suggested Print Materials for a Godly Play Room 
Appendix E: Chart of Six Conditions Needed to Nurture Children’s Spiritual Lives 
Appendix F: Young Person’s Drawing of a Cross 

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