2010-12-08 / School News

St. Michael’s adopts new children’s program

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church invites all children ages 4-9 to become a part of its new children’s Christian education program, “Godly Play.”

The Montessori-style class meets each Wednesday, 5 p.m., at the South Liberty Street church in Waynesboro, for one hour in the “Godly Play Atrium.” At 6 p.m., dinner is available for families for a small donation, and childcare will be provided after dinner during the “Anglican Nights” study and discussion time.

According to educators at St. Michaels, the Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances a child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world. The curriculum was adapted to the Montessori approach to education in order to stimulate children’s active participation in story and ritual and to awaken their creativity for the learning of the language, sacred stories, parables, liturgical action and silence of the Christian tradition. It is based on the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God and offers appropriate language to help them identify and express that sense so it can be explored and strengthened.

For more information, contact Father Jim Shumard at 706-554- 3465 or 912-844-7412.

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