Upcoming Courses

  To see the  list of forthcoming courses and other events, use the list from the Courses drop down menu.    We offer 3 day accredited core training; Introductory Days and Taster sessions; Further training, Special events and Conferences; Regional and Local network meetings.

Godly Play UK aims to achieve a balance of course dates and locations over the year. If you do not see a course that is convenient for you, please contact Rebecca Nye to find out about courses that are still in the planning stage.

FAQ

What courses are available?

Godly Play courses vary in depth and detail. A taster workshop (e.g. an evening) or a one-day introduction is a good way to see if you would like to explore things further. Training to use Godly Play takes more than a day. The three-day accredited core training is designed to get you started in practising Godly Play.

Taster Sessions

Our network of Godly Play Advocates can offer a taster session of approximately 2 hours. Please contact the trainer in your area to request this. They might also put you in touch with someone who is already using Godly Play. Alternatively, check with the officers responsible for children’s work in the local regional office of your denomination. Sometimes they are able to offer a (basic introduction) taster at a time and place to suit you.  

Introductory Days

In an Introductory Day, participants will experience key elements of the Godly Play approach (including one or two stories); they will see a carefully-laid out children’s sacred space and explore many of the resources. The group size is small, so ideal for asking all your questions. You can book as an individual or bring your group. Use the drop down Courses menu to see details of current one-day introductions, or contact the trainer in your region to request one. INSET is also an option our trainers can offer for schools.  

3-day accredited Core Training

These certificated courses are led by accredited members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK. Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) this training develops your ability to use the Godly Play method and understand its principles. The training follows an action/reflection model of learning – learning through hands-on experience and reflection, rather than lectures. There is a mixture of trainer-led sessions, and opportunities for coached participant storytelling presentations. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to use and see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day focuses on different kinds of Godly Play (sacred stories, parables and liturgical action/church practice) so you will learn how different genres of Christian language can support spiritual exploration. Workshops in the core module also cover: Setting up a Godly Play environment The Spirituality of Childhood Your particular concerns and questions. Use the drop down Courses menu to find details  of forthcoming three-day training around the UK  or please contact Rebecca Nye to find out about three-day trainings that are in the planning stages.  

Further training

Further training allows you to go deeper into Godly Play. The courses are designed for those who have attended the three-day course or who have significant experience of Godly Play. They cover areas such as using Godly Play with older people in care settings, Going deeper into Response Time and Creating a sacred space. They also cover the new stories found in Volumes 6, 7 and 8.  Further training can take place over one or two days. Please contact your regional trainer if there is an interest in a particular issue in your local area then you may wish to contact a trainer to see if a course can be arranged.  

Special Events and Conferences

Special events include Retreats and Using the principles of Godly Play in schools for R.E. and Spiritual Development. The National Godly Play UK Conference is held every two years.  

Regional and Local network meetings

These are for local people to get together and share a Godly Play story together and to share experiences of using Godly Play. All are welcome; those who are new to Godly Play and those who have many years of experience - we are all on a learning journey.  

Who are the courses for?

Courses participants have included:
  • Children’s Work Advisers
  • Clergy
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • School/Head teachers
  • those wishing to make connections with Godly Play and adult learning and growth
Courses have been enriched by a broad mix of Christian denominations. Anyone can attend any of these courses – clergy, children’s or youth workers (volunteer or employed), school teachers, parents, members of other faiths/none.

Are there subsidised places on the courses?

Godly Play UK Grant-making Policy Godly Play UK makes 10% of its annual profit available to subsidise the costs of attending one of its training courses. If you would like to apply for a grant, please email the Chair, detailing how you fulfil the criteria below.   Conditions: Applicants must be from churches/areas where resources are scarce (e.g. an Urban Priority Area). Joint funding with other bodies to cover accommodation and travel is preferable. Restrictions: Ideally two applicants are preferable to ensure mutual support as Godly Play is developed after the course. Priorities: Areas/denominations where Godly Play is not yet established. Applicants who have a thought-out strategy to disseminate Godly Play. Procedure: Application should be in writing to the Chair of Godly Play UK, who will seek approval from Trustees of the charity before awarding a grant. Checks: Applicant should provide details of at least one referee, who can support the application. Applicants need to show they have the support of their denomination. Monitoring: A progress report will be sought 6 months after the course. Details of those awarded grants will be reported in the Charity's Annual Report.  

To find a course

To see the complete list of our courses and other events, please use the  list from the Courses drop down menu. browse 3 day accredited core training, Introductory Days and Taster sessions, Further training, Special events and Conferences, Regional and Local network meetings.    

Birmingham: One day introductory course
Venue: The Church of England – Birmingham, 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ

Date: Saturday 21st October

Time: 9.45 am – 4.00 pm

Cost: £30 to include refreshments, lunch and a Godly Play story to take away

For those with little or no experience of Godly Play, who want to discover more.

(Please bring a cushion with you to sit on)

Trainers: Helen Woodall and Claire Wesley

To Book: Book online at www.cofe.io/GPOct2017 by 6th October and, if you have questions regarding this, please speak to Harriet O’Hara: training@cofebirmingham.com T: 0121 426 0435

Ottershaw. Surrey: One Day Introductory Course

Venue: Christ Church, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0PB

Date: Saturday October 28th 2017

Time: 9.30am for 9.45am start to 4pm

Cost: £30 (bread, soup, drinks and snacks supplied but bring your own sandwiches!)

Refresher: if you would like to do this as a refresher course, please do! Cost £15

Trainer:... [Read more]

Chippenham: Preparing for Advent

Monday, 30th October 7.00 pm-9.00 pm
An evening to hear and to make materials for the Advent stories

Led by Becky Fisher, Godly Play Advocate
St Peter’s Church, Lord’s Mead, Chippenham SN14 0LL
Email becky.fisher@deanery.org.uk

North of England Network meeting: 2nd November 2017

Thursday 2nd November, 7.30 – 9.30pm at The Education Suite, in the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle, NE1 1PF

You are invited to join us to share a Godly Play story.  Following the story we have the opportunity, over the feast, to reflect on our experiences of using Godly Play... [Read more]

Sheffield Introduction Day

Date: Friday 10th November 2017

Time: Arrivals from 9.30, prompt start at 10.00 – 3.30pm. 

Venue: The Vine at St Stephens Church, Fawcett St, Sheffield, S3 7PL.

Trainer: Kate Cornwell

Cost £30.00. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

For those with little or no experience of Godly Play who want a... [Read more]

Cambridge: Introductory Day into Childhood Spirituality
Venue: St Mark’s Church, Cambridge CB3 9JZ

Date: Saturday 11th November 2017

Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Cost: £25 (please bring your own lunch – tea / coffee provided) £5 discount per person for bookings of 2 or more people

Training led by: Dani Redhead and Eona Bell

To Book: Please email eona.bell@gmail.com or call 07940 064199

Discovering... [Read more]

Derbyshire, Cliff College: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Venue: Cliff College, Calver, Derbyshire, S32 3XG

Dates: Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th November, 2016

Trainers: Kathryn Lord and Rachel Bainton

Times: 8.45 am – 7.45 pm (except on final day of course which ends at 5.15 pm)

Cost: £395 (residential, includes full board)

There is an option of bed and... [Read more]

London Godly Play Network meeting: 22nd November

It is with great pleasure and excitement we invite you to come to our very first

LONDON GODLY PLAY NETWORK MEETING

Venue: St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School,

120-138 Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2DJ

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

We look forward to welcoming you into our... [Read more]

Bristol One Day Introductory Course: Saturday 25th November

When: Saturday 25th November, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Tyndale Baptist Church, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QG

Cost: £25 (Cost includes refreshments but please bring a packed lunch.)

Facilitated by Alison Summerskill and Sian Hancock (South West Trainer for Godly Play UK).

Bookings: Contact CYM on 01179469209 or email cymoffice@bristol-baptist.ac.uk

Introduction to Godly Play with Older People

An introduction for those with little or no experience of Godly Play and who would like to know more about how it might help to nurture spirituality in older people.

Date: Friday 24th November 2017Times: Arrive from 9.30am for a 10.00am start. Finishing at 3.30pm.Venue: The Vine,... [Read more]

FAQ

What courses can I take in Godly Play?

Godly Play courses vary in depth and detail…. a taster workshop (e.g. an evening) or a 1 day introduction is a good way to see if you would like to explore things further. Training to use Godly Play yourself takes more than a day… the 3 day accredited core training is designed to get you started in practising Godly Play.

Taster Sessions 

Our network of Godly Play Advocates can often come to offer a taster session of approximately 2 hours. Please contact the trainer in your area to request this. They might also put you in touch with a local church already using Godly Play.

Alternatively, check with the officers responsible for children’s work in the local regional office of your denomination. Sometimes they are able to offer a (basic introduction) taster at a time and place to suit you.

Introductory Days

Participants can experience key elements of the Godly Play approach (including one or two stories), see a carefully laid out children’s sacred space and explore many of the resources. The group size is small, so ideal for asking all your questions. You can book as an individual or bring your group. See the website for current one day introductions, or contact the trainer in your region to request one. INSET is also an option our trainers can offer for schools.

3-day accredited Core Training

These certificated courses are led by accredited members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK. Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) this training develops your ability to use Godly Play methods and understand its principles. The training follows an action/reflection model of learning – learning through hands-on experience and reflection rather than lectures. There is a mixture of trainer-led sessions, and opportunities for coached participant storytelling presentations. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to use and see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day focuses on different kinds of Godly Play (sacred stories, parables and liturgical action/Church practice) so you will learn how different genres of Christian language can support spiritual exploration.

Workshops in the core module also cover:
Setting up a Godly Play Environment
The Spirituality of Childhood
Your particular concerns and questions.

You can find details on this website of forthcoming 3 day training around the UK by going to Courses or please contact Rebecca Nye to find out about 3 day trainings that are in the planning stages.

Further training

Further training allows you to go deeper into Godly Play. The courses are designed for those who have attended the 3 day course or who have significant experience of Godly Play. They cover areas such as Going deeper into Response Time and Creating a sacred space. They also cover the new stories found in Volumes 6, 7 and 8.  Further training can take place over one or two days.

Please contact your regional trainer if there is an interest in a particular issue in your local area then you may wish to contact a trainer to see if a course can be arranged.

Regional and Local network meetings

These are for local people to get together and share a Godly Play story together and to share experiences of using Godly Play. All are welcome; those who are new to Godly Play and those who have many years of experience – we are all on a learning journey.

Who are the courses for?

Courses participants have included:

  • Children’s Work Advisers
  • Clergy
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • School/Head teachers
  • those wishing to make connections with Godly Play and adult learning and growth

Courses have been enriched by a broad mix of Christian denominations.

Anyone can attend any of these courses – clergy, children’s or youth workers (volunteer or employed), school teachers, parents, members of other faiths/none.

Are there subsidised places on the courses?

Godly Play UK makes 10% of its annual profit available to subsidise the costs of attending one of its training courses. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please email the Chair, detailing how you fulfil the criteria below.

Grant Making Policy

GPUK will make 10% of annual profits available to subsidise the cost of attending one of its training courses.

Conditions: Applicants must be from parishes/areas where resources are scarce (eg Urban Priority Area). Joint funding with other bodies to cover accommodation and travel is preferable.
Restrictions: Ideally two applicants are preferable for mutual supportPriorities: Areas/denominations where GP is not yet established. Applicants who have a thought out strategy to disseminate GP.
Procedure: Application in writing to Chair, who should seek approval from trustees before awarding grant.
Checks: Applicant should provide details of at least one referee, who can support the application. Applicants need to show they have the support of their denomination.
Monitoring: Progress report will be sought 6 months following the course. Details of those awarded grants will be reported in Annual Report.