This week we present a tag-team blog entry from Hannah and Genya. Genya was very excited about this week's story, it's one of her very favorites - unfortunately she injured her back on Friday and was under stirct "no sitting on the floor for several days" instructions from her doctor, so Hannah got to tell the story and was assisted by Emily Kenneke and Linda Shenk. Genya sends her heartfelt thanks to all who helped out today.
This morning our desert box made a return in our story rotation! Several of our children have eagerly been awaiting the opportunity to work with the desert box and were thrilled to get their hands in that soft and grainy sand!
I love the description of this story offered in the parent-page. It reads, "We continue to seek the elusive presence of God. God was present at creation, blessing all that was made. Noah walked with God and was led by God’s presence to build the ark that preserved life. Now Abraham and Sarah discover that God is present everywhere, putting their lives on the line to test the promises of God."
It's lovely to present these stories that are all tied together by this thread of God's people searching for God's presence. We will continue this thread for several more stories, and I look forward to seeing children make connections in their wonderings between the people in the stories searching for God and the way we still search and wonder about His presence in our lives.
The story of The Great Family is familiar to many of our children. Many of them jumped right into work-each gathering their own supplies and finding a comfortable place to create! I am amazed at how engaged our children are each week in their painting, drawing, and clay sculpting. It is a joy to be able to sit back and watch them respond to these stories in their own unique way.
As you can see from the pictures, our ending prayer time is always very special. Our kids are thoughtful in their prayer and of each other
Remember next week we will not have a Godly Play story but will begin work on our Christmas production. Please head over to the News and Announcements page for more details. Godly play stories will return the following week with another story that takes place in the desert. Genya hopes she'll get to tell that one.
Thank you for sending your children. They are truly a blessing.
-Hannah (and Genya)
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.