Discernment of the Meeting Community
Interest in using Godly Play® and Faith & Play may come from parents, religious education committee members, or Friends in a meeting who have seen the method used in multigenerational or religious education settings. Regardless of the source of interest, the meeting community should consider how they are able to support using the method in their religious education program.
- teacher training,
- interest from meeting members in becoming trained storytellers and doorkeepers,
- creation and cost of making materials for stories, and
- how the content of the stories fits into the curricular choices of the meeting's religious education program.
Parents of children in First Day School should be provided with
- information about how the method works,
- what kind of stories will be used, and
- how they can support the program by wondering with their children at home all week long.
Depending on the size of the meeting and its children's program, the community might need to discern their commitment to Godly Play and Faith & Play as a whole meeting community, or through the work of a First Day School or religious education committee. In either case, it is helpful for the community as a whole to understand the unique "hows" and "whys" of using Godly Play and Faith & Play as storytelling approaches that invite silences, wonder and continuing revelation into the meeting's children's program.
No matter what method or curriculum is used in the meeting, it is important for the community and/or religious education committee to discern how they will nurture and support teachers, parents and children.
- Do teachers and parents have the opportunity to worship with the community as often as they would like?
- Does the meeting’s practice reflect an understanding that no one should be expected to teach simply because he or she is the parent of a child in the meeting community?
- Are there healthy communications between teachers and parents, and are both groups’ needs and concerns adequately addressed?
- Are children well-integrated into the life of the meeting?
- Are there appropriate funding and adequate physical space for the religious education program and a strong commitment to the nurture of children?