Our youth are not merely the "future of the Church." They are the Church today, and they will be Christ's eyes, ears, and hands in the coming years. We foster programs that will challenge them to consider the Christian life seriously, test their faith, and provide them with the fun and support of a Christian fellowship.
Introducing our new Godly Play Director
Hello brothers and sisters. My name is Alli Betts. I will be serving as the new Godly Play Director this year. I am a second year student at the University of Indianapolis and am studying Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. Even though I am new to the parish, I am actually deeply connected to St. Timothy’s. In 1966, my great grandmother Mary Zeider became a member of the church and was the creator of the memorial garden in the courtyard. The family then moved back to Cleveland for a few years. In 1975, my grandmother, Judy Betts-Thompson, grandfather, Bob Betts, my father, David Betts, and my uncle, Bill Betts moved back to Indianapolis and became members of the church as well. My father and uncle grew up here at St. Timothy’s. My family now lives in Lawrenceburg, Indiana where we are members of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrenceburg. I have also known Rev. Rebecca for many years now through Waycross. She was a camp chaplain when I was a camper and more recently, when I've worked as a camp counselor. I just finished my second summer on staff at Waycross. Through experiences like Waycross, I have learned that I not only love working with children but I have a true passion for working with children and helping them grow into their own unique individualism. As I considered my course of study, this passion heavily influenced my decision to study to become a pediatric occupational therapist.
5-10-2014 St. Timothy's is pursuing a grant to bring Godly Play to our parish. The matching grant will allow us to support Godly Play leaders and participants (our kids from about age 3 to 6) with training and refreshed spaces for experiencing God through stories, questioning, and "work." What is Godly Play? Godly Play is a unique, Montessori-inspired curriculum designed by an Episcopal Priest that is based on the knowledge that all children feel the presence of God but lack the language to identify, explore, and express their experience.
Through storytelling and the encouragement of wondering, St. Timothy's children will learn about old and new testament stories and church traditions in a way that encourages them to have their own unique experiences of God while also having a shared experience in the community of other children and developing the ability to know and share the stories and traditions of the church with others.
The Godly Play classroom is a child-centric space and the stories are meant to be told in that environment with small props that capture the imagination. Children listen and watch, wonder about the store, and do "work" to communicate with God through are, storytelling, and imaginative play.
We'll be bringing one of the stories a bit out of context and into the sanctuary for Children and Youth Sunday on June 1st so that everyone in the congregation can get an idea of what is ahead.
We hope you'll consider being involved in the transition - we'll need trained Godly Play storytellers/doorkeeper, of course, but will also be looking for one-time help from the congregation's woodworkers. crafters, and second-hand store enthusiasts as we put together a Godly Play classroom.
Sunday Pre-K Sunday School
THE YOUTH GROUP:
DIOCESAN YOUTH MINISTRY:
WAYCROSS CAMP & CONFERENCE CENTER: