In-person training is almost always best, but it isn’t always possible. I’m always amazed at how much can be found on YouTube to help teach Godly Play, whether or not you’ve had Godly Play training. If you’re a Sunday School teacher, homeschooler, parent, or caregiver, you can gain much of the Godly Play training through YouTube videos.
There are even many videos from the Godly Play Foundation showing Godly Play trainers demonstrating the lessons. Other than taking Godly Play training, these videos are the best way to see how to present Godly Play lessons. If you’ve taken Godly Play training, the videos are wonderful refreshers. I recommend watching them before giving Godly Play lessons even if you’ve had the training. Today, I’m sharing videos that help you present the Old Testament lessons that are traditionally given in the fall.
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Godly Play Old Testament Lessons
The following book has scripts for the core autumn Godly Play presentations:
The Complete Guide to Godly Play (Volume 2), Revised and Expanded by Jerome W. Berryman (2nd edition, June 15, 2017). You can read about the curriculum updates and revisions (and download a page with more information about the updates) here. Note: “The Holy Family” is now a Core story told at the beginning of the year in Christian churches and families. There’s a YouTube video of “The Holy Family” Godly Play that’s very helpful. I love the new “Holy Bible” presentation and weekly practice in the revised volume 2.
You can find scripts for the Old Testament enrichment lessons in The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 6: 15 Enrichment Presentations for Fall: Key Figures Among the People of God by Jerome W. Berryman.
I have more ideas for using Godly Play fall lessons at home in my post about creative Godly Play at home – Old Testament. You’ll find many patterns for making the Old Testament materials in Young Children and Worship by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.
Free Godly Play Old Testament Videos
“Creation” Godly Play – GodlyPlayFoundation
The Flood and Ark
“The Flood and the Ark” Godly Play – CMFUPres
The Great Family
“The Great Family” Godly Play – GodlyPlayFoundation
Godly Play Story: “The Great Family” in Spanish – GodlyPlayFoundation
“The Exodus” Godly Play – GodlyPlayFoundation
The 10 Best Ways
“Ten Best Ways” – GodlyPlayFoundation
Ark and Tent (Tabernacle)
Godly Play Story: “The Ark and the Tent” – GodlyPlayFoundation
The Ark and Temple
“The Ark and the Temple”- CMFUPres
Exile and Return
“The Exile and Return” Godly Play – GodlyPlayFoundation
The new prophets lesson from volume 2 doesn’t have a video online yet. I’ll add it when it becomes available.
The Prophet Jonah (now an extension story in Volume 2)
“Jonah, the Backwards Prophet” – CMFUPres
The Story of the Prophet Isaiah
Godly Play Story: “The Story of the Prophet Isaiah” – GodlyPlayFoundation (An extension story from Volume 6)
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