Come Dance With Me

Childhood Spirituality Conference

Friday Evening 12th May 2017    
6 pm Drinks reception
7.30 pm John Bell: The Tangibility of Jesus

Saturday 13th May 2017 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Talk by Peter Privett: Come Dance with Me
This lecture will explore dance as a prophetic alternative; dance as a celebration of creation and incarnation. Does dance have anything to say to the theory, theology and practice of Godly Play? What helps and hinders the Godly Play Dance?

The talk will include opportunities for discussion and exploration.

The rest of the day will include further opportunities for wondering, response, exploring new Godly Play developments, reflection time and regional meetings.
The conference will end with a celebratory service.

Throughout the day there will be time to browse a variety of stalls including resources from St Michael’s Workshop and a Godly Play flea market. There will be representatives from a variety of organisations supporting spiritual development among children and adults.

Friday evening (with glass of wine) £25; Saturday only (including lunch) £40; Full conference £50.

Booking Form: http://godlyplay.coffeecup.com/forms/UKConfBooking/

What is Godly Play?

A creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture, Godly Play

  • is based on long established, tried and tested approaches,
  • uses symbols and objects as well as words
  • values process, openness and discovery
  • and encourages people to make meaning for themselves

It invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.

Godly Play

  • is  a non-coercive way to encourage children to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith
  • uses wondering questions and open-ended response time
  • aims to develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites
  • a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their faith community.

Developed originally as a resource for children, Godly Play is now being used with a wide range of age groups in a diversity of settings.

It can be used in a variety of settings – churches, schools, care settings and hospitals, and among people with and without formal religious faith.

Godly Play is one of several variations of the Montessori tradition of religious education and was developed in the United States by Dr Jerome Berryman.