Thursday, March 03, 2011

Godly Play in Tres Cantos (Madrid)

Here are some of the comments received from participants at a recent Godly Play introduction:
  • Thanks for your careful attention and time. I will surely incorporate several aspects of this method even if I am not able to use it in its entirety.
  • Wonderful. I will certainly attend the next event. Yes, indeed. Amen!
  • Thank you, it's been very enriching.
  • It's an excellent method. I will do my best to start using it at my church with the children.
  • It has been a blessing to me and I hope to be able to make good use of this method.
  • Thank you for your work and the time devoted to teaching others.
  • Fantastic!
  • I loved the way the storyteller spoke in such a hushed voice - it really drew me into the story.
  • I would like to sign up for the next workshop in Madrid.
  • Thanks for your time and willingness. God bless you!
  • As in everything we do, we need God's help to put this into practice. I liked the presentation very much - it was elegant and charming. Thanks for your hard work!
  • Thank you for sharing with us, and for the good will, enthusiasm and effort which lay behind it all.
  • There are many things which seem fantastic to me, but I still have doubts about some aspects. I need to see more.
  • Thank you for a wonderful day with so much information. We felt really welcomed.
  • Many thanks for this demonstration. It is edifying for both children and adults too.
  • I feel fascinated and surprised by this kind of storytelling. I would like to be used in the same way - to really know God's word.
  • I believe it's an incredible method that needs to be translated more and made available for Spanish speakers. Thanks for everything!
This unsolicited feedback comes from the evaluation sheets handed in by 36 people who attended the full-day Godly Play introduction at Tres Cantos, a town north of Madrid. The event took place on Saturday, 26 February. The participants came from a wide range of churches and represented at least 13 different church groups, organizations or schools in the Madrid region. Most of them were completely new to Godly Play, although we were blessed to have one church leader amongst us who had been brought up on this method in the States. He was able to share briefly how he felt about Godly Play as a child.

I was invited to lead the introduction day by the Tres Cantos Christian Community, which organized the event in partnership with Unión Bíblica / Scripture Union Spain.

More photos here


Sheila said...

I'm very curious as to what the church leader who was brought up on Godly Play shared. Can you give a few highlights?

David said...

Thanks for your question, Sheila. It's a topic that has interested me for some time, since Godly Play has been delivered to children in the States in numerous churches since the 70s and 80s. This means that several generations of children have been through the complete 9-year cycles of GP classes. However, I am unaware of any serious research project regarding the long-term consequences of this kind of spiritual education.

At our Godly Play introduction, Kelly shared very briefly and in general terms about how he was able to engage with the classes during his childhood and how much he enjoyed taking part in them. For him it was a natural process to now use GP with his own children and at the church community he serves.

Best wishes

alljoinin said...

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David said...

Many thanks!