Faith & Play
Faith & Play™ is a Montessori-inspired storytelling resource that helps children find words and images for expressing their experiences of holy mystery and wonder in their lives. Play is children’s practice, hence the name Faith & Play, deriving from Faith and Practice.
Faith & Play includes stories of Quaker faith, practice and witness, told in the manner of Godly Play® (a resource to teach stories from the Bible in an open-ended way that invites children to experientially find themselves in the stories). Godly Play and Faith & Play acknowledge that God is active in children’s lives long before they enter the religious education classroom, and at the core of this method is a deep respect for children’s spiritual lives. Participants hear and respond to the stories in age appropriate ways, making the method ideal for meetings with grade-level classrooms as well as for small meetings where few children are in diverse places developmentally.
Faith & Play was created by Friends as a Quaker supplement to Godly Play and is intended for the teacher trained in the Godly Play method. Trainings are available for Friends through Friends General Conference.
For current updates on the Faith & Play program, check out the active Faith & Play community on Facebook.
Find out more about the Downloadable PDF of Faith & Play™ here.
The Faith & Play Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is pleased to make available at no cost to Friends a new story, An Easter Story for Friends: A story about the power of God’s love. We hope that the words and images in this story will resonate with Fr