This week’s Godly Play lesson is The Ark and The Tent from The Complete Guide to Godly Play: Volume 2 by The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman
Told by Godly Play® US Trainer Christen Erskine.
This week’s lesson takes place once again in the desert box, which is an important setting for many of the sacred stories. In this story we hear how the people of God loved the Ten Best Ways so much they wanted to find a way to have them always with them, and also wanted to find a way that they could come close to God’s presence.
After you’ve watched the story, you might like to ask the wondering questions again – pausing after each question to leave enough time for your child to ponder and respond, if they wish – if they don’t that’s okay! I would encourage you to accept and affirm all answers simply by repeating exactly what the child said.
The wondering questions are:
- I wonder which part of the story you liked best? (Affirm by saying – “You liked XXXXXX best”). *where XXXXXXX is whatever the child said
- I wonder which part is the most important? (Affirm by saying – “The most important one is XXXX”.) *where XXXXXXX is whatever the child said
- I wonder which part of the story is especially about you? (Affirm by saying – “The one that is especially about you is XXXX”. *where XXXXXXX is whatever the child said )
- I wonder if there is any part of the story we could leave out and still have all the days we need? (Affirm by saying – “The part of the story we could leave out and still have all we need is XXXX”.) *where XXXXXXX is whatever the child said
After the wondering, while we don’t direct children in their work, some suggestions might be:
- that they draw or paint part of the story they liked best
- that they gather some of their toys to retell the story