- Posted by Meg Kennedy
- On January 31, 2016
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We had so much fun experiencing another Godly play session together! What is Godly Play you may ask? Godly Play is the method of introducing and exploring the basic stories of Genesis together this year. With plain materials and a story line free of influence from teachers like myself, Godly Play helps our class to engage with stories that seem so difficult to relate to our modern lives. We used the desert box as our environment for the story to take place. After completing the story and a quick discussion, each student was able to choose from multiple activities, including play-doh, an art activity, and engaging with the story materials independently.
The story we talked about today was part of Godly Play’s “The Great Family”. First, we discussed what life would have been life in the desert, a place so hot during the day but so cold during the night. A place with so very little water and how water is so important to sustain life. In this story, we meet Abram and Sarai, as well as Abram’s nephew Lot. As the story says, “God came so close to Abram, and Abram came so close to God”. God tells Abram to move to a new place and then changes their names to Abraham and Sarah after promising that they would have a child in their old age. Next three strangers visit Abraham and Sarah, who are very gracious hosts to these desert strangers. These strangers also tell Abraham and Sarah that they will have a child. We learn at the end of the story that Abraham and Sarah had a son. Several times in the story Abraham and Sarah laugh after hearing about the unexpected child. When the child was born, they laughed again and decided to name the baby Laughter. In their language, the word for “laughter” was Isaac”.
We are excited to explore more stories with Godly Play throughout the school year!