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sometimes there seemed to be something missing from the core teaching, but the revisions were meant to address some of these issues. There have been some stories added to the basic books, two of which we had during the day, as well as changing which stories are 'core'.
The first was a presentation about the bible. I'm still undecided about his one but if you have a Godly Play classroom then it would be a great addition, but if you just bring the materials to each session you might need to change the words slightly, and do some other teaching about the bible. We had a very good discussion about this afterwards and about the bible used: all of us agreeing it must be one that is used and available during usual sessions, in church and in Sunday school.
After lunch we had a second presentation, about the conversion of Paul. There was much discussion about this one, whether it flowed properly, how useful it was, whether it really meant you avoided doing the old presentation about Paul - this new presentation is the first section of that. The consensus was that we felt it wasn't quite finished, it was a bit wordy, and we were not quite sure we could use it.
We divided into groups for the next part,
continued to talk to me and showed an interest in me. I felt I had finally acknowledged my gift from God and I will continue to let it shine.
Overall the MWA day was inspiring, enjoyable and important. Using the scriptures and some verses I found more suitable to what I experienced at the MWA day. It is important to meet as we need to: 'consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the day approaching.' Hebrews 10: 24-25
Sr Hannah Cooper
each group looking at two updated scripts. The feedback to the whole group was great. Some of the changes were very minor, others changed words to make them more meaningful, others we disputed and felt we would stick to the old script. We spotted a couple of corrections where the script wasn't in line with scripture. There were observations about the pictures and diagrams (still not enough) and directions. The group I was in reflected how unrealistic it is to try to light a piece of frankincense from a candle flame and wished they had been given better instructions!
Finally, we had a side by side presentation, done at lightning speed with no words. Having the parable of the mustard seed and the parable of the great pearl done next to each other gave us an unusual opportunity to reflect on what was similar. A great tool for experienced Godly Players and something I might try more in personal reflection.
All in all, it was a very useful day connecting me again to Godly Play and helping me to reflect on how I use it and the value of the words and actions. Perhaps next year I might make the general celebration day!
Sr Joy Raynor
Provincial Youth and Children's Officer
Every year Godly Play practitioners gather to talk, learn, share and worship spending a day together. I have been unable to attend due to other commitments (usually PYCC) and the same applied this year BUT I could attend the enrichment day before the main celebration. This year there was a choice of four different days looking at different aspects of Godly Play. I decided the best one for me was to look at the revision of the standard volumes of stories.
There have always been a few problems with the scripts: some didn't flow very well, others have inaccuracies and
MWA Day continued
Godly Play Enrichment Day
© Sr Joy Raynor

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