Trinity Episcopal Church 220 Prospect Street, Torrington, CT 06790 Phone 860. 482.6027 Email Trinity.Parish.House@snet.net
During the school year (please call if you are unsure of a date) our children, youth and teachers leave the sanctuary just before the end of worship at approximately 10:00 am. Their class time concludes at 11:00 am during which time adult forum/book study also takes place. If you are not sure if we are in session, call the office.
Grades Pre-K through 6th grade are in the Godly Play Worship Room where they divide into two age groups for some of their time together. See below for a description of Godly Play.
Youth Group is for middle school and high school students, from 7th grade through 10th, depending on the population in a given year. Two youth mentors meet with the youth group, following the God Talks curriculum. God Talks takes different themes and uses a combination of Bible stories, movie clips, music and games as platforms for discussion and learning.
The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
The Godly Play method engages our innate spirituality and nourishes use of religious language to make meaning from Biblical stories through the Creative Process.
The Godly Play curriculum guides participants through self-discovery, which is fundamental to the Montessori tradition from which Godly Play developed. While the Godly Play method is a spiritual practice, spiritual experiences during Godly Play sessions are actual mechanisms for “being in religious language.” These experiences serve as both a conditioner for our existing spiritual connection with God and as the instrument for grounding spirituality in the Christian language and community of religion.
Distilled from “What is Godly Play?” Handout, copyright Godly Play® Foundation
WHAT IS GODLY PLAY®?
WHAT DOES GODLY PLAY® DO EDUCATIONALLY AND THEOLOGICALLY?
Children and Youth