Grow

Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.

Book of Common Prayer, p. 308

Family Ministries here at the cathedral are founded on three core values:

• Connection: we believe that spiritual growth happens when we are deeply connected to one another and to God.
• Imagination: we believe that both children and adults experience spiritual growth when we are immersed in an environment of wonder and playfulness, which means exploring Christian faith through language, art, movement, music, nature and service.
• Joy: we believe that spiritual growth comes to us when we find joy in our worship of God and in our community.

FAQs

WHAT IS GODLY PLAY?

  • Godly play is the creation of Reverend Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal priest who has an extensive background in child development and Montessori education
  • The Episcopal curriculum has been designed for ages 3-12 and teaches the art of using religious language--parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical actions--to help interpret what happens in children's daily lives
  • Using images as part of the religious language, children respond to the stories they are told through their own art and play

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GODLY PLAY?

  • Godly Play enhances the integration of the use of language into the child's life
  • The children focus on the religious language as a set of tools which helps the child cope with existential issues and help them to know their Creator
  • It lessens the possiblity of worshipping the language itself (which becomes a form of idolatry)
  • It stimulates children's spiritual growth and creativity and can enhance the teachers' and parents' spiritual growth as well

Feel led to help out?

Our volunteers minister during weekend worship services, plan and organize special events, and much more