Southminster Presbyterian Church

We are a community of people encouraging each other, seeking to be like Jesus; serving God by loving generously, proclaiming boldly, and giving with grace and humility.


Please join us for our Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 am.

Contact: Aaron Willett, Associate Pastor
aaron@spcdesmoines.org
206.878.8133

Nursery (Infants - age 3) - Sunday @ 10:00 am

Godly Play (Pre-K through 5) - Sunday @ 10:15 am

Youth Sunday School (grades 6-12) - Sunday @ 10:15 am


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Godly Play Is...

  • A curriculum that engages the whole child in creativity and community fellowship.
  • An active version of “lectio divina” (biblical meditation) on stories of the Christian tradition.
  • A time of playful worship that invites us into relationship with God.
  • A creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture.
  • A non-directive way to show our children the way to deeper faith through wondering questions and open-ended response time.
  • A way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites. 

At the heart of a Godly Play session is the telling of the story, experienced in the contexts of both the chronology of scripture and the church calendar. The storyteller uses simple, beautiful materials to illustrate the story and to engage imagination. Children have the opportunity to relate Biblical stories to their own experience and to respond personally and creatively to God. 

Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world. 

The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, The Creator, and the Redeemer all at once and all the time in every place. To achieve this goal is to help children become deeply rooted as Christians and yet at the same time use this powerful language and community to be open and creative. 

- The Godly Play Foundation


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I Wonder...

Godly Play is fundamentally about language acquisition. Our weekly practice of worship and our daily life of faith are rooted in the language we use to understand God. 

There are three kinds of Godly Play lessons: sacred stories, parables, and liturgy. Each type of story forms different aspects of our faith. The sacred stories are drawn from the Old and New Testaments and relate the experience of the people of God, forming our own spiritual language and identity. The parables relate the stories Jesus told and help us form language about the Kingdom of Heaven. Parable stories in particular are told using two-dimensional figures to convey their narrative quality. Liturgical action lessons are about baptism, communion, the church calendar, and more. These lessons form language about or congregational worship, and the ways that our shared action comes from God’s story and the what it means to participate in that story together. 

Our Nurture Commission and Sunday school teachers are excited to share this new (and old!) thing with our children. If you have any questions about Godly Play or are interested in ways to support our children and their classrooms, please ask!

Thanks & Peace,

-pastor aaron

 

"Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care."

Psalm 95:6-7