[Europe.justus] Fwd: September note from Jerome/Godly Play
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> From: "Godly Play Resources" <Godly_Play_Resources at mail.vresp.com>
> Date: 1 septembre 2011 21:54:29 HAEC
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> Subject: September note from Jerome
> Reply-To: "Godly Play Resources" <reply-2316682d9c-c0e842bcea-45a4 at u.cts.vresp.com>
> September 1, 2011
> Dear Godly Play Friends,
> What do you do when a beloved Godly Play teacher dies?
> This was faced with grace by the community of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, Massachusetts. The teacher was Mary Jane Emmit (Googie), who died unexpectedly in her sleep last May. It was Claudia Wells, who told me about this.
> Googie trained in Belmont, Massachusetts, at All Saints Episcopal Church with Cheryl Minor, the Rector, and Nancy St. John in 2003. She was instrumental in starting the Godly Play program at Trinity in 2004. Many children passed through her Godly Play room during the intervening seven years. Children who were about six years old when she began were just becoming teenagers when she died.
> It is always hard to know how much to say to the children when someone dies. It is best to use as few words as possible and lean on love and hugs, instead. At Trinity they put a picture of Googie in the room for the children and did “The Parable of the Mustard Seed” and “The Parable of the Good Shepherd” the Sunday after she died. They were her favorites, so it was thought that a side-by-side would be good. The children uncharacteristically resisted playing back and forth with the parables, as Linda James Cooper remembered. She reflected that on this day they didn’t want to change them. Probably one parable would have been more than enough.
> In addition to remembering this wonderful teacher in her Godly Play room, she was also remembered when the larger community worshipped together. The children’s choir sang “Little Lamb Who Made Thee?” from John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” This is from the Agnus Dei part of the Mass and can be heard in a wonderful performance in Spain by going on line.
> “The Lamb” was written and illustrated by the London poet William Blake (1757-1827). It was written in 1794 and may be found in his Songs of Innocence and Experience. The poem begins with the wonder of a child about the pure existence and reality of a single lamb. In the second stanza the wonder expands to the infant Jesus and the speaker’s own soul. It was intended to be sung, but Blake’s original melody is lost. The music of the poetry remains.
> Little Lamb, who made thee?
> Does thou know who made thee,
> Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
> By the stream and o’er the mead;
> Gave thee clothing of delight
> Softest clothing, wooly, bright;
> Gave thee such a tender voice,
> Making all the vales rejoice?
> Little lamb, who made thee?
> Does thou know who made thee?
> Little lamb, I’ll tell thee;
> Little lamb, I’ll tell thee:
> He is called by thy name,
> For He calls Himself a Lamb.
> He is meek, and He is mild,
> He became a little child.
> I a child, and thou a lamb,
> We are called by His name.
> Little lamb, God bless thee!
> Little lamb, God bless thee!
> When this is read slowly and with wonder the meaning expands beyond the words to take in all of life, especially when paired with the fearful power and force of Blake’s “The Tyger,” also in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Infinity in simplicity is good for remembering a beloved Godly Play mentor and guide like Mary Jane Emmit --- and you.
> With love, always love,
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