It was such a joy to be able to tell the story of "The Ten Best Ways" with our children Sunday morning. This is one of my favorite stories because we get to use the desert box and because of the message it sends to each of us about how much God loves us. I really appreciate how they paraphrase the 10 commandments, putting emphasis that these are not the 10 easiest ways to live, but the 10 best ways. The story also acknowledges that for some of us, following all 10 of them may be impossible, but that we are encouraged to try.
Our children were really enthralled in listening to each of the 10 best ways as I set the marker in the sand. Afterwards we wondered about which of them is the most important. A variety of answers were shared. Then we wondered which of them was the most difficult to follow. A majority consensus agreed it was number 10, not wanting what other people have. And, that IS hard! Even for adults!
Afterwards our children began their work. On this particular day we had two of our pre school children join us for the story and both of them wanted to paint for their work time. They did such a nice job of choosing colors and reflecting their thoughts onto paper. Some of our older children took the time to draw a picture of the story they heard, complete with smoke from the mountain!
It is always my favorite part of the morning when we gather together again in our circle for a time of prayer. I am so proud of how vulnerable and trustworthy our group has become with each other during this time together. I am feeling so thankful for this space and for these children to come and grow in their spirituality with one another...and thankful I get to be part of it too!
P.S. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Remember we will not have Sunday school next Sunday, but we will present the first of the four Godly Play Advent stories during our regular services at 10:45. Also please join us next Sunday at 4pm for our Annual Advent party. Please contact me (Hannah) with any questions or concerns.
Godly Play Team
Hannah Hannover, Minister to Children and Families and Genya Coffey, Christian Education Team Coordinator make up our current team of guides and storytellers. Both have attended workshops in order to receive certification from the Godly Play Foundation. They will take turns authoring the blog posts found here. Interested in joining the team? Be sure to let them know through the contact page.