Mutual Blessings is a movement that has begun over many years, in all but name until 2014.
Mutual Blessings is a local expression of the work of Godly Play in the UK and is a local partner of the national charity Godly Play UK.
Our full description can be downloaded: Vision Mission Principles Values Ethos June 2014.
Vision: The purpose of Mutual Blessings is to offer spiritually-enriching practices using the method and principles of Godly Play to people of all ages or needs, especially those who may be on the edge of the church’s ministry.
Mission: We will promote spiritual nurturing through Godly Play of people in the following places: churches, schools, dementia care settings, fresh expressions of church, health care settings, and work with people who are marginalized, including those with disabilities.
Principles of Godly Play as a method of spiritual guidance
…is an approach based on Montessori principles – we respond to the child’s (or person’s) request to ‘help me do it by myself.’ This puts the teacher in the role of spiritual supporter or guide who fully accepts that each child (person) has his or her own relationship with God already.
- is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture
- respects the innate spirituality of each person
- encourages participants to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity for them to connect the stories with their personal experience.
- is a non-coercive way to encourage people to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering questions and open-ended response time.
- values process, openness, and discovery.
- helps people to become more aware of the mystery of God in their lives
- helps people become deeply rooted as Christians and yet at the same time to use this powerful language and community to be open and creative.
Values: The values of the Godly Play method are also the values for the way the movement seeks to work with others… We will seek to
promote a safe environment… give permission to explore…value questions…discover truths… give freedom to face difficulties… support play… open channels for deepening spirituality… build the circle… promote equality in the community… enable mutual learning… create opportunities for valuing the self and others… respect autonomy… work to include rather than exclude… call out the good in people… honour an ethic of blessing… encourage the importance of vulnerability… allow people to take responsibility for their actions and their words… trust in God – Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer
Ethos: Mutual Blessings seeks to work in a way that …
- uses Godly Play principles in its organisation, administration and planning
- hopes to embody and inspire a holistic way of being part of the Church;
- recognises that the ‘blessings’ will be a ‘mutual’ nurturing of spiritual development for all who lead and participate in Godly Play.