Faith & Play in Friends schools
Faith & Play can be used in Friends schools, particularly for Kindergarten-8th grade, as another resource for learning about Quaker faith and practice. Since 2010, several Friends schools have invited FGC trainers to lead "Learning in the Light" trainings where teachers and administrators explore how Faith & Play can support their curriculum.
"The teachers told the story this morning and honestly it was just the best thing ever. First, the school was the quietest I have ever experienced, even though we have worship sharing every month. The kids were truly rapt. In a big group of kids practically every one spoke to the wondering questions thoughtfully, even the Kindergarteners. Many could see George Fox in themselves, including a child who said he was like George "because I don't want to be a fighter." When we got to Meeting for Singing, Teacher J. asked what we knew about George Fox, and their answers came straight from the story: 'He had a lot of questions' . . . 'He didn't give up'. . . 'He found the answers inside himself.' Amazing! Thank you!" – Friends school administrator (Five teachers told George Fox’s Big Discovery to mixed-grade worship sharing groups.)
“I told the [Faith & Play] Prayer and Friends Meeting for Worship story to three classes of 19 sixth graders at school last Friday, and their listening and wondering were deep.”
- a teacher in a Friends school
The experiential method might be appealing to teachers who are teaching about Quakerism and need resources beyond history or reading-based lessons. Storytelling in the method of Godly Play® and Faith & Play is in itself worship, and schools might find it useful to use storytelling as a basis for meeting for worship in their community. The Faith & Play stories on Meeting for Worship, Meeting for Business, Queries, listening (Listening for God), George Fox, Mary Fisher and John Woolman, as well as Let Your Life Speak and Love's Way about Quaker testimonies, may be particularly useful for school settings, and connect to curriculum goals about Meeting for Worship and teaching about Friends' testimonies.
Friends schools interested in using Faith & Play should be in touch with us for information about training and storytellers available to visit classes: firstname.lastname@example.org.