Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

We hope you can make plans to join us!

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: MEDINA WA 2019-20

Parables – Saturday March 7, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA 98039

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

We hope you can make plans to join us!

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: MEDINA WA 2019-20

Liturgical Action – Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Sacred Stories – Saturday February 8, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parables – Saturday March 7, 2020 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA 98039

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Commuter Core Godly Play Training (Medina, WA)

Liturgical Action – Saturday October 19, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, WA 98039

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you! The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Core Godly Play Training (Everett, WA)

Core Training is the essential training for all storytellers and doorpersons in the Godly Play room. We recommend attending Core Training every year for the first three years of your practice. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. This time of retreat will strengthen your understanding of children’s spirituality and leave you spiritually refreshed!

Registration closes the Monday before training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Godly Play Core Training: Chehalis, Washington

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: CHEHALIS WA 2019

Sacred Stories – Saturday September 28, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parables – Saturday October 26, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Liturgical Action – Saturday December 7, 2019 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

St. Timothy Episcopal Church
1826 SW Snively Ave
Chehalis, WA 98532

Please register at least a week in advance of each module. Thank you!

The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.

Registration closes the Monday before Training. We’d love to have you in the circle!

Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Consider becoming a member now to save money on this training, and future trainings. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership here

Children’s Painting Project for the Re-dedication of the Ellie Davis Memorial Community Playground

All children are invited to paint “hands-on” the new slide to celebrate the re-dedication of the Ellie Davis Memorial Community Playground at St. Martin’s Church, Lebanon, with Potluck Picnic and Family Friendly Games.

Friday, August 23, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 pm

St. Martin’s Church Parking Lot
257 E. Milton Street, at the corner of Milton and Williams Streets, Lebanon.
There is plenty of easy parking, and level accessible entry.

With special thanks to the Diocese of Oregon Pentecost Grant for funds to refurbish the slides and playground!

Congregation Close-up: Prince of Peace, Salem

Prince of Peace summer program builds faith brick by brick

By Barbara Ross, Godly Play coordinator at Prince of Peace

Last year the Godly Play program at Prince of Peace in West Salem was going through a time of transition. Our most regular attenders were elementary-aged boys who had experienced and enjoyed the core and enrichment Godly Play presentations over the years but were ready for a change.

We found an answer in a book called Building Faith Brick by Brick: An Imaginative Way to Explore the Bible with Children written by gifted Episcopal educator Emily Slichter Given and published by Morehouse. Emily is an experienced Godly Play leader who ran into a similar situation in her church in Texas. She did significant research on what she calls “boy faith” and ended up writing this guide to 53 short action-packed Bible stories that can be shared in the Godly Play tradition but have been selected so the children’s response can be created with LEGO style building bricks. As many people know, LEGOS have developed a language and culture of their own that seems to speak to people of all ages. Using them in church gives children the opportunity to respond to what they are hearing in an engaging and familiar way.

After conversation with our Godly Play leaders and Vicar Margaret McMurren and with the permission of our Bishop’s Advisory Committee, we decided to give the new program a trial run by introducing it in the summer. Our thought was that rather than doing it in our traditional Godly Play room, we would offer it in the Parish Hall and continue through Coffee Hour as a way to create a more informal atmosphere where we could readily engage members of the congregation and welcome grandchildren and other summer visitors to join in.

We began by following the suggestions in Emily’s book. In the spring of 2018, we let the congregation know of our plans and invited them to donate any used bricks they might have at home and to be on the look-out for bricks at garage sales, etc. We also visited our local used brick outlets with a special eye towards purchasing bases and mini-figures that would be appropriate for telling Bible stories. Response from the congregation was strong and when we began sharing the Old Testament stories in June of last year, our cart was loaded with ample supplies for our children.

The Building Faith Brick by Brick program was well-received. Families who were not regular summer attenders came week after week. And because the presentation style is straight- forward, we were able to expand our pool of volunteers to include people who didn’t have previous Godly Play experience. Members of the congregation engaged with the children and showed interest in their creations during the Coffee Hour each Sunday. Also, we were able to easily welcome and incorporate grandchildren and other summer visitors. In fact, the Brick by Brick program was going so well we decided to continue using its Old Testament stories through the fall and didn’t switch back to our traditional Godly Play program until Advent.

This summer we began sharing the Brick by Brick New Testament presentations and our children are enjoying hearing familiar stories (as well as some that are not included in the traditional Godly Play program) and responding by building wonderful faith-filled creations with their bricks.

Visit the Prince of Peace website.

Episcopal Week at Camp Suttle Lake

Episcopal Week at Suttle Lake Camp will be July 23 – 28, 2018. It is for children and youth currently in grades 1-12. Registration is now open. There is an Early Bird Discount for registrations made before May 5.

Campers who have completed 3-12 grades can sign up for a full week of camp, now called Summer Camp Week 2Click here for more information and a link to registration.

Campers who have completed 1-4 grades can sign up for a few days of camp (July 23-26), now called Intro Summer Camp Week 2. Click here for more information and a link to registration.

Camp scholarships are available for up to $200 per camper. Click here for the application. Scholarship Application 2018 – Episcopal Camp

Information about all the camp & retreat options available to us through our partnership with the Camp & Retreat Ministries of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church is online at GoCamping.org.