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.    

Rugby: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Venue: St Andrew’s Church, Church St, Rugby CV21 3PT

Dates: Wed 13th – Fri 15th September  2017

Times: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm (except on final day of course, end at 5.30 pm)

Trainers: Peter Privett and Rebecca Nye

Cost: £295 (non residential, includes training handbook and lunches)

To check... [Read more]

Enrichment Event – Spiritual Retreat

Spiritual Retreat A Creative Response Using Godly Play

Friday 15th September 2017 5pm – Sunday 17th September 2017 5pm ***

***  Please note this retreat concludes prior to tea time, rather than after lunch Shepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF

Residential, including full boardLeaders: Mary Cooper & Rachel... [Read more]

Ottershaw, Surrey: Enrichment Day

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A combination of Godly Play stories from volumes 6 and 7 and an exploration of Response using the Ottershaw Labyrinth

Venue: Christ Church, Ottershaw,  Surrey KT160PB                                                                                                                                                                                                    Godly Play room and Labyrinth

Date: Saturday Sept 23rd

Time: 9.30 for 9.45am start to 4pm

Cost: £30 (bread, soup, drinks and snacks... [Read more]

Guernsey: One Day Introductory Course
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Guernsey

Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017

Time: 9.30am for 9.45am start to 4pm

Cost: £30 including lunch (please pay on the day)

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

Trainers: Rev Peter & Rosemary Privett

To Book:   please contact Nikki Harvey 01481 238568 (9-1 Mon-Fri)

nikki.harvey@deaneryofguernsey.onmicrosoft.com

London/Surrey: 3 Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: The Godly Play Room, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SZ and Ottershaw Godly Play Room, Guildford Rd, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0PB (transport can be arranged from Woking station)

Dates: 3 Saturdays: 7th (Putney) & 21st October (Ottershaw), 4th November 2017 (Putney)

Times: 9.30 am – 6.30... [Read more]

Birmingham: Storytelling Circle

Monday 2nd October 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Come and join us to share a Godly Play story reflect on our experiences of using Godly Play in our different contexts and share ideas and resources.

An opportunity to get to know other Godly Play practitioners in a relaxed atmosphere... [Read more]

South Wales network meeting: 10th October 2017

10th October, 1-4 pm at St Catherine’s Church Hall, Baglan, Port Talbot

Contact Diana Williams for more information or to book dianawilliams2@talktalk.net

Ampleforth, Yorkshire: 3 Day Accredited Training Course

COURSE NOW FULL

Venue: Ampleforth Abbey, York YO62 4EN

Date: 10th – 12th October 2017 (Tuesday – Thursday)

Times: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm – with breaks!!! (except on final day of course which ends at 5.30 pm)

Trainers: Rebecca Nye and Rachel Bainton

Cost: £410 for a residential place

£390... [Read more]

Sheffield Taster session (evening)

Date: Friday 13th October, 2017

Time: 7pm till 9pm (6.30pm for refreshments)

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

Trainer: Kathryn Lord

Cost: £10.00. Refreshments are provided.

For those with little or no experience of Godly Play who want an introduction to this creative... [Read more]

Training Day in Godly Play with Older People in Care Settings

Training Day in Godly Play with Older People in Care Settings

Date: Friday 13th October 2017

Times: Arrive from 9.30am for a 10.00am start. Finishing at 4.00pm.

Venue: The Vine, St Stephens building, Fawcett Street, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, S3 7PL

The one day training will address:

  • the spirituality of older people;
  • adapting Godly Play for... [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.