Faith & Play Stories, Inc., created by Friends (Quakers), are a Montessori-inspired resource for religious education programs and Friends schools. Faith & Play stories are told using the Godly Play method of storytelling and building spiritual community with children. Website: faithandplay.org.
Faith & Play Stories is an experiential storytelling resource for Quaker religious education programs and Friends schools. Stories explore Quaker faith, practice, and witness using the Montessori-inspired Godly Play method to build spiritual community.
Since many activities have been affected by the restraints of the pandemic, Faith & Play Stories is seeking ways during this time to strengthen connections to a growing community of practice. While in-person trainings remain suspended, there are online opportunities to learn more, including introductions to Faith & Play and Godly Play, and workshops for Friends. The hope is to resume training workshops for Friends in the fall.
Several projects are underway to support Friends using these stories in their faith communities. A grant from Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund is supporting the building of a new website that will launch in late spring. While the Faith & Play Group continues to develop new stories, published stories are also being reviewed with a racial justice lens, particularly with a concern for language and materials used to tell the stories. Feedback received from the experiences of teachers, storytellers, and participants in trainings is at the center of this work. Meeting and school communities are finding creative ways to continue sharing stories in online spaces. A growing collection of videos is available on the Faith & Play Stories YouTube channel.
Faith & Play Stories is an experiential storytelling resource for Quaker religious education programs and Friends schools. Faith & Play stories explore Quaker faith, practice, and witness using the Montessori-inspired Godly Play method of storytelling and building spiritual community. Faith & Play Stories Inc. develops stories for publication and offers training for Quaker meetings and churches and Friends schools interested in using Godly Play and Faith & Play.
As Quaker communities pivoted to online spaces in March, Faith & Play Stories shifted its work. While training workshops are not offered online, 90-minute introductions to Faith & Play and Godly Play are opportunities to learn more and experience stories in community. Interest groups and introductory workshops were organized for Friends in three yearly meetings, at the FGC Gathering, and for Friends school faculty. Online sessions for support and consultation were offered to participants in training workshops scheduled for the spring and summer.
Faith & Play stories are being shared where Friends gather online, both for worship and in programs for young people. Faith & Play and Godly Play stories were told at the FGC virtual Junior Gathering and during an all-ages worship session at Australia Yearly Meeting. In addition to sharing stories live using Zoom, the creation of the Faith & Play Stories YouTube channel has expanded the possibilities for sharing stories with families and children at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.