New play centre opens at Lazonby church

Date: Tuesday 28th February 2012
The Rev. Richard Teal officially opens the play centre with (left to right) Greta Ellis, headteacher of Kirkoswald School; the Rev. Margaret Christopher, superintendent minister of the Kirkoswald circuit; Yvonne Hunt, headteacher of Lazonby School; Deb Holder, Penrith senior librarian; Helen Armstrong, helper; and Brian Christopher, helper.
The Rev. Richard Teal officially opens the play centre with (left to right) Greta Ellis, headteacher of Kirkoswald School; the Rev. Margaret Christopher, superintendent minister of the Kirkoswald circuit; Yvonne Hunt, headteacher of Lazonby School; Deb Holder, Penrith senior librarian; Helen Armstrong, helper; and Brian Christopher, helper.

THE Rev. Richard Teal, chairman of Cumbria Methodist District, officially opened the new Godly Play Centre at Lazonby Methodist Church.

As it was Pancake Tuesday, it was appropriate that pancakes were served, courtesy of Gordon Edgar, of Brief Encounter restaurant, Langwathby, and light refreshments were provided by Lazonby Chapel members.

The centre is a new venture working in partnership with others in the community, including children and staff from local schools, the library service and volunteers from churches around the area.

The Rev. Margaret Christopher leads the work, which involves using the good quality artefacts available to tell a variety of faith stories. This is followed by a time of wondering and contemplation, after which the participants are free to undertake individual craft work, or play with the story materials.

Godly Play is an international organisation, based on the Montessori method of education. It aims to allow exploration of religious stories, underlined by an ethos of respect for those with differing view points.

Mrs. Christopher said she was enthusiastic about this new work and had found it fascinating to see how well he young people responded.

Although originally designed for children, the work could easily be adapted for use by people of any age. She added it had been particularly gratifying to find support from so many different people within the community, and that she was grateful to the Methodist District which had provided much of the funding for the project.

For more information telephone Mrs. Christopher on 01768 898257.