Youth Formation

The Children’s Gathering on the Square

The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. There are two programs, both of which meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.

Classes and Activities

For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.”

Children in grades 5 and up:
The Rock program is located in the “Son Room.” It meets once a month from about 9 to 10 am.

Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.

For more information regarding either program, contact Beth Young bethcasper@aol.com 808-236-2333.

About Godly Play

Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works.

This approach provides the tools for children’s journeys of faith: its space is inviting, and creates mystery and wonder. We are visually reminded it is a holy space. It invites touching things, yet it is clear there is something reverential about them. It is a quiet space that facilitates prayer and contemplation.

Godly Play can be a transformative experience for everyone involved, whatever their ages. We are lucky to have this program in partnership with St. Peter’s as the foundation of our Children’s Ministries at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

To learn more: In-Depth Look at Godly Play

About The Rock

ROCK stands for Relationships, Outreach, Christ, Kids, and is an awesome group of 5th through 8th graders who meet in St. Peter’s “Son Room” one Sunday each month.

Posts about Youth Formation

Current Youth Formation Activities September 5, 2016 Current Youth Formation ActivitiesGodly Play* schedule for April, 2018: April 1 – Easter Day No gathering today in the Loft. St. Andrew’s Cathedral hosts an Easter egg harvest after both Easter Sunday worship services. All children from all congregations on the “Square” (St. Andrew’s, St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s) and guests are invited to participate. April 8 – Knowing Jesus in a New Way: “Known in Absence” Easter is such a big mystery and so amazing that it cannot be contained in just one Sunday. It spills ... More...

An In-Depth Look at Godly Play December 24, 2014 Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works. Among the subjects at the training are the four genres of Godly Play language: the Language of the Sacred Story, usually three-dimensional, in which God is the main character and the People of God encounter God’s “elusive presence”; the Language of the Parable, generally two-dimensional, “supporting the timeless quality of Jesus’ words to us”; the Language of the Liturgical Action ... More...

photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work