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Godly Play: Learning through Storytelling
“The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives.” (What is Godly Play?)
For children ages 3-5, Godly Play is a Montessori-based program that teaches core Bible stories through story, play, and interaction. Kids listen to the story, watch and wonder with each other as questions emerge, and interact with the story through activities and crafts.
Here at Trinity, teachers are trained in helping children learn through self-discovery. We believe that kids have a natural closeness and awareness of God, and our job is help nurture and strengthen that connection.
You can learn more about Godly Play and how it works at www.godlyplayfoundation.org.
Life with God: Growing with Scripture
For children in the 1st - 6th grade, the Renovare “Life with God” curriculum focuses on helping children learn to engage scripture. Also based in storytelling, kids are given the opportunity to understand scripture through story, prayer, discussion, and activities.
Spiritual disciplines are introduced and practiced, questions are explored, and stories are understood within the larger timeline of Scripture. Activities and crafts are age-based, allowing children to express their own understanding of the story.
Our “Life with God” teachers engage scripture alongside our kids. Using the curriculum as well as their own knowledge and gifts, teachers help children understand the many ways that they can encounter God and grow in faith.
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Meet our Sunday School Teachers
Godly Play (Ages 3-5)
My parents brought me up in the Unitarian Church, and my wife I were married in 1976 at First Unitarian Church in Omaha. Later we joined the Episcopal Church, and I was baptized at age 40 in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in 1992. Ten years later I completed the Education for Ministry program at Trinity. My wife is the Rev. Kim Roberts, rector of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in South Omaha, and we have one daughter, Emily, 33, who is a nurse practitioner in Chicago.
I am a graduate of both Creighton University and UNO and have taught special education for 13 years in Omaha Public Schools. I have been a member of Trinity since 2009, and primarily attend the early service with my family. I am the Clerk of the Chapter and enjoy serving weekly!
Primary (1st-2nd grade)
Sara Dean and her husband Tom grew up in central Maine. They have lived in Omaha since 2017 where they quickly found Trinity Episcopal Church to be their new faith community. Sara graduated from St. Olaf College, recently became a board-certified music therapist, and works with young adults and students at Madonna School and Community-Based Services. Sara and Tom have two children who are both in college. She enjoys spending Sunday mornings with the students in the Primary Class at Trinity.
I have been attending Trinity Cathedral since 2016 with my wife, Abby, my daughter, Grace (7), and my son, Barrett (4). I've also been teaching Sunday School since 2017. I am currently the Treasurer and a member of Trinity's Chapter. One of the many great things about teaching Sunday School is getting to observe the children's refreshing perspective on life.
Intermediate (3rd-4th Grade)
My name is Ellen King and I am excited to be teaching Sunday School for my 3rd year at Trinity! I’ve been a long time children’s and youth ministry volunteer at many churches, and I love how our classes at Trinity continue to grow! I grew up going to Godly Play class’s at my Episcopal church in Shawnee, Kansas, as well as attending church camps and youth group. I love teaching young people the stories of their faith as well as the traditions of our church. My family, Steven, Jack, our dog Ruthie and I, have lived in Omaha since 2017, and we feel so welcomed by the Trinity community. I work as a Fund Development Assistant at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. I enjoy baking, reading, and crafting and I can occasionally be found playing handbells on Sunday mornings.
Crystal Gale joined Trinity just over 2 years ago having moved to Omaha from UK with her husband who is in the Royal Navy and on a 3 year posting at Stratcom. Crystal retired at the end of 2015 from the Royal Navy after 26 year service and since then has been involved with various charities and outreach programs. Currently not only does she enjoy teaching Sunday School, but keeps out of mischief as a volunteer with New Beginnings, a member of the Altar Guild, helps teach citizenship class at Yates Community Center and mans the Welcome Desk. Crystal and Simon live in an apartment Downtown and are thoroughly enjoying their time in the amazingly friendly city of Omaha and equally love touring around Nebraska seeing some wonderful sights and meeting its wonderful people.
Youth (5th grade+)
I've been a Youth Sunday School teacher at Trinity since August 2018, and it's been a huge blessing to be a part of the spiritual development of youth. The youth Sunday school classes involve bible study-focused curriculum, discussions, and translating scripture into our present-day spiritual life. We had many meaningful class sessions last year, and I'm looking forward to future class sessions.
I'm a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors and Masters in Architectural Engineering (Structural Emphasis). I work as a structural engineer-in-training for Leo A Daly and have enjoyed working on commercial, federal, and education building projects.