Chapel Curriculum

  • All preschool classes meet for chapel twice per month.  The curriculum is Christian-based but also welcoming to those of all faiths and denominations. 

    3-year-old classes (Ladybugs, Butterflies, Bees) and young/middle 4-year-old classes (Teddy Bears, Fish): 

    During Chapel time, we gather the children for a story, songs, prayer, and relationship building (both with one another and to the church).  We talk about fears, using kind hands, honoring our parents, and caring for our world.  We share the ancient stories that are common in many faiths such as Noah’s Ark and Creation as well as stories specific to our Christian faith such as Christmas and Easter.  

    It is our hope that chapel time will help children grow in faith and have the beginning tools to actively pursue their faith with their families.  

    Taught by Meg Ross, Butterflies class teacher.

    Older 4-year-old class (Monkeys) and Pre-K class (Stars):

    Chapel time for these age groups follow the Godly Play format, which borrows from the Montessori method and is used around the world in multiple languages. 

    Godly Play:

    • Is an approach to worshipping with children that nurtures the deep bond that already exists between child and God.
    • Involves a careful telling of scripture stories – immersing children not only in the language of the sacred stories but also in the language of silence.
    • Does not provide the “correct” answers, but rather encourages children to seek and find their own answers to their faith questions.

    During Chapel time, the children enter the Godly Play room and gather in a circle with the storyteller.  The storyteller shares the story orally using simple wooden figures, a desert box filled with sand, and felt and yarns to represent rivers and buildings.  With this simplicity, the story shines through.  Each story ends with questions of “wonder” such as:  

    • I wonder what part of the story you liked best?  
    • I wonder what you felt was the most important part of the story?
    • I wonder if there is any part of the story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
    • I wonder where you are in the story, or what part of the story is about you?  

    This time of wondering is when we see relationships grow, faith seeds sprout, and we as the adults are often gifted with the profound faith wisdom of the children.   

    In addition, at Christmas time, all 4-year-old and Pre-K classes participate in a living nativity where the children help to act out this story.  

    Taught by Arlene Decina, Director of Spiritual Growth at Burke Presbyterian Church and trainer in the Godly Play approach.