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St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta will host a Holy Communion service followed by a picnic lunch at the pavilion in Cleland Park on Sunday, Sept. 13, beginning at 10:15 a.m. St. Luke's has a Sunday School program for young children, pre-K through fifth grade, beginning on that Sunday. Children attend service with their families but leave before the sermon to engage in Godly Play.

What is Godly Play? Much information can be gained from the Godly Play website, www.godlyplay.org: "Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. It is based on Montessori principles and developed using spiral curriculum." It relies on extensive manipulatives that are then available to the children for follow-up "work" of retelling and interacting with the attractive handmade objects depicting each story.

St. Luke's Church is especially blessed to have sets of valuable Godly Play objects used in the stories. The church also has many books on Godly Play theory and practice to educate parents and support new volunteers in this worthy calling. Children as young as 18 months through 10 years seem to engage in this curriculum. Contact Eve Owens, 210-3177, for further information.

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