This powerful way of being with children can transform your First Day School or Friends
school classroom, and nurture your own spiritual life. Learn and practice skills to help
children explore the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and core stories
from the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. These stories are scripted and tested to work
well with multi-age groups of children, as well as in multigenerational settings. A certified
trainer will model stories, and you will have an opportunity to practice them with your peers.
Discussions and teaching modules include: exploring the spirituality of children; considering
the “unspoken” lessons of the teaching space and classroom structure; supporting the circle
of children and working with multi age groups and diverse needs, and weaving Godly Play/
Faith & Play stories into a First Day School program with other religious education and
spiritual nurture resources available to Friends.
Workshop facilitator Melinda Wenner Bradley is an accredited Godly Play®
trainer who works with Quaker meetings and Friends schools around the country.
A founding member and the convener of the Faith & Play Group, she is a coauthor
of the Faith & Play™ stories. Melinda serves New York Yearly Meeting as
the Children and Youth Field Secretary.