Experiencing God: The History and Philosophy of "Children and Worship"

From: Volume 12, Issue 2: Fall 2015, Curriculum Issues in Christian Education Pages 298-313


The Children and Worship education approach stems from the value of children experiencing God through age-appropriate sensorimotor learning in preparation for corporate worship community. The origins of the philosophy behind Children and Worship led to the development of its distinctive approach based on the Montessori educational method. Founded by Jerome W. Berryman and Sonja Stewart in the 1980s, Children and Worship uses nonverbal and verbal experiences to teach children priorities in worship. Children and Worship is a product of rich dialogue and discovery—an approach centered on trusting God to be the leading force in child spiritual development.
Key Words: children, worship, sensorimotor learning, encountering God



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