St. Francis Montessori offers children the opportunity to grow in love for God and for one another. This is accomplished by using a worship context for telling and working with biblical stories, parables and liturgical presentations. The intent of worship is to experience and praise God. It involves preparing children to worship in a special place away from their congregation so that they may get ready to worship all by themselves rather than sit in church in an imposed silence. It uses a “hands-on” style of storytelling as a primary means for encountering God, so God is experienced and not just learned about. It gives appropriate freedom so young children can respond to stories through continued work with the story figures and art materials. It enables young children to bring their lived experiences into dialogue with God in the biblical stories, and tell the stories to others.