» Youth News for September

Godly Play

Who: All Children preschool through grade 6
When:   Sundays at 9:45am. Begins Sunday, Sept. 28
Where: PreK/K – Undercroft next to nursery
Grades 1-6 – 2nd Floor classrooms

Registration:    Please register your child for Godly Play at: http://stjohnsstpaul.org/faith-formation/children

What is Godly Play? Godly Play is a Montessori method of telling Bible stories, developed by Jerome Berryman, using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials. It invites the listener to connect faith stories with personal experience through wondering questions and open-ended response.Godly Play can be a way of preparing children to join the worship life of their congregations as they experience sacred stories, symbols and rites and encounter the religious language associated with worship within the context of our faith tradition.

A Godly Play session includes time to:

  • Get ready
  • Experience a story
  • Explore the story with questions “I wonder …?”
  • Respond to the story with a free choice of creative experience
  • Enjoy a simple shared feast

There will be a Godly Play Open House on Sunday, September 21 at 9:45 am.

Godly Play Volunteers Needed

Storytellers:2 hours per week, including preparation and classroom time for story-telling, arts, feast, and prayers.

Classroom Assistants: 1.5 hours per week; greet families, keep attendance, and support storytellers with classroom management.

Greeters: 30 minutes per week; greet families, find classrooms, and answer questions.

Training, stories, and supplies all provided. We would like a commitment for the program year, which is 26 Sundays, Sept. through May. No classes on  the first Sunday of each month. Option of co-teaching alternate weeks, so only 13 weeks per year. For more information, please contact Jean Hansen at 952-201-0424 or rjhansen3128@gmail.com.


Dinner Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 10:     Welcome Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 17:     Rinkoff Family

Wednesday, Sept. 24:     Weinkauf Family


Important Dates

Wednesday, Sept. 10: First Youth Gatherings: Rite 13, J2A and Senior Youth

Sunday, Sept. 14: Gathering Sunday Potluck and Ministry Fair

Sunday, Sept. 21:   Godly Play Open House
At 10:00am Worship: Godly Play and Youth Leader Commissioning

Sunday, Sept. 28:   9:00-9:45am: J2A Fundraising/Pilgrimage planning in the Meditation Room


Confirmation Schedule

What: Confirmation Preparation

Where: St. John’s Undercroft

When: 1:00 pm on the first Sunday of each month

Confirmands – please mark your calendars with our meeting dates. Confirmation will meet at 1:00pm on the first Sunday of the month October through March, with the final meeting on Sunday, April 12.