Godly Play and Chapel - Mrs. Bell



At The Day School, Mrs. Bell teaches every student weekly “Bible Stories with songs and intentional play techniques that get kids worshipping God and knowing Jesus through movement and fun!” [Quote from Play-N-Worship curriculum]

 Godly Play 

Godly Play is “an imaginative method for presenting scripture stories to children in a presentation genre of sacred stories, parables and liturgical actions. Jerome W. Berryman founded the Godly Play curriculum as a primarily visual, oral and kinesthetic approach to religious education for children to experience God while learning about God.” (The Day School uses the New International Version of the Bible as the text for every lesson taught.)

During our Godly Play class, in addition to the Bible stories, we sing children’s praise and worship songs, learn Bible verses and have a “response activity” that allows the children various hands-on activities relating to and reinforcing that week’s Bible lesson. 



“Chapel” will be in the Highland Park Pres. Sanctuary on Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:45 a.m. PreK4 & K students gather…and beginning 11/30/2020 (first week of Advent) PreK3 will join for Chapel…to informally worship corporately for 15 minutes. On Mondays, the Bible story is taught by either Charley Helmuth (HPPres’s. Minister of Families, Kids and Students), Teresa Murray (HPPres.’s Director of Early Childhood), Mrs. Baker (The Day School Music Teacher) or Mrs. Bell (The Day School Godly Play Teacher).  On Thursdays, classroom teachers rotate teaching the Bible stories as their students participate in teaching and leading worship.


  • God Made Me—The Creation; Adam & Eve
  • God is With Me--- Noah; Abraham & Sarah; Isaac; Jacob; Joseph; Moses 
  • God Loves Me—Hannah; Joshua; Gideon
  • God Keeps Me Safe— David; Daniel
  • I Thank God--- Thanksgiving/Feast of Booths
  • Jesus is God’s Gift—Advent/The Christmas Story
  • Jesus Is God’ Son—Jesus’ Chose Twelve Disciples 
  • Jesus Takes Care of Me—Paralyzed Friend; Jesus’ First Miracle; Lazarus Lives Again; 
  • Jesus, the Good Shepherd; Jesus Calms a Storm
  • Jesus Teaches Me— Parables: The Lost Sheep; The Wise and Foolish Builders
  • Jesus Is My Friend—Jesus and the Little Children; Mary and Martha; Zacchaeus 
  • Jesus Loves Me— Mary’s Gift for Jesus; Lent/The Easter Story; 
  • Jesus’ Appearances, Great Commission and Ascension 
  • I Can Help Jesus— Pentecost; Philip; Peter; Saul/Paul; Paul and Silas
  • Jesus Will Come Again 

Most of the Bible stories your child will be taught can be found in the Beginner’s Bible:



“All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.” 

                                                                                                    Isaiah 54:13 [NIV]