In addition to offering courses in Godly Play, the trainers are happy to be contacted about bespoke training for your context. The biographies below give an idea of individual trainers’ special interests.
National Co-ordinator of UK Training: Dr. Rebecca Nye
Rebecca’s research on children’s spirituality (eg The Spirit of the Child, Hay and Nye 1998/2006) brought her into contact with Jerome Berryman and Godly Play, and led her to introducing Godly Play to the UK. She established the first Godly Play room and directed a 2 year project on Godly Play and Children’s Spirituality at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies, University of Cambridge. Rebecca’s background is in developmental psychology (co-author of Psychology for Christian Ministry, Watts, Nye and Savage 2002), so her interest in Godly Play is part of a wider interest in faith development, approaches to religious education and pedagogy and the spirituality of teachers. Rebecca enjoys offering post-graduate supervision in these areas, giving talks and most of all enthusing others about Godly Play’s potential for their contexts (aka training!). She has experience of using Godly Play with pre-schoolers, children in parish and school settings, theological students and bishops!
Revd Peter Privett
Peter Privett – Peter is the International Regional Training Consultant for the UK, Europe and beyond
Rachel Bainton (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Rachel is (by profession) a Mechanical Engineer, however, now she is exploring self-employment as a maker and seller of crafts, including eggs (yes, ukrainian ones too) and spoons. Her other passions include Godly Play. She is based in the parish of St. Mary, Monkseaton, and has been involved in Godly Play since 2004, using it regularly in church, and taking it out into other churches and schools in the diocese. The church now has a fully equipped Godly Play room, and local schools are invited to visit the church to enjoy full sessions. She enjoys supporting and training others in the art of this Christian nurture, and to offer help and support for all those involved in Godly Play in the North East.
Mary Cooper (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Mary is a retired teacher of many years experience, predominantly in early-years. She uses Godly Play in schools and at her local church, also St Mary’s Monkseaton. She also currently organises and delivers training in the region and beyond. Mary’s current special responsibility within the Godly Play circle of trainers is to support the Godly Play advocates.
Heather Black (Middlesborough)
Heather is based in North Ormesby, an Urban Priority Area of Middlesbrough where children face many challenges. She has been involved in Godly Play since 2006, using Godly Play regularly both in church and local schools. The Godly Play Classroom at Holy Trinity Church, North Ormesby has become the base for the Tees Valley Godly Play Network, providing training and support to a growing number of people using Godly Play in the area.
Supporting areas in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Merseyside
Kathryn Lord (Sheffield)
Kathryn has helped establish ‘Mutual Blessings’ – a Sheffield Christian movement which seeks to support spiritually enriching practices using the method and principles of Godly Play with people of all ages or needs, but especially those who may be on the edge of the church’s ministry. She is particularly involved in the development of Godly Play in schools and amongst older people in care settings. Kathryn is the children’s work co-ordinator at The Vine Church, Netherthorpe in an inner city area of Sheffield. The church has a Godly Play room and uses Godly Play in many different contexts. Kathryn has also advised in the setting up of a number of other Godly Play rooms and spaces. Before her involvement with Godly Play, Kathryn was a Science teacher and is convinced that Godly Play can help us to see what education should really be all about.
Kate Cornwell (Sheffield)
Kate is a Children’s Church Leader at The Vine Church, Sheffield, where Godly Play is well established. She also currently takes Godly Play into two Sheffield primary schools. She enjoys training other adults in Godly Play.
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Stuart is an Anglican priest working in the Diocese of Southwark, having previously worked in the theatre. He enjoys being alongside people as they grow spiritually through the Godly play tradition and has used it regularly in church and school settings. He is particularly interested in using Godly Play with adults as a way to nurture faith and deepen the spiritual life. He is currently Chaplain to a large almshouse community in South London where he is introducing Godly Play to elderly residents.
Andrea is employed by the Salvation Army as the Training and Development Officer in the Children’s Ministries Unit. She enjoys travelling the UK to support and encourage people working with children in many contexts. She offers introductory training days in Godly Play and is currently working on a strategy to promote Godly Play in the Salvation Army.
As a Reader in the Anglican church she enjoys using GP with children, older people and in All Age Services.
Chris is a Godly Play trainer based in Hertfordshire. I first encountered Godly Play when I worked as the Children’s Work Officer for Quakers in Britain. I am now working independently and can offer taster, introductory and 3 day trainings across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and into north London. I am also interested in using Godly Play with adults in churches and other settings to aid and complement their religious and spiritual seeking.
Sue has been a FE lecturer, primary school teacher and youth and children’s worker. She set up the Guildford Diocesan Godly Play classroom at Christchurch, Ottershaw and now works in developing its use in training for schools, churches and groups of all ages. She is keen to offer help and support for all those involved in Godly Play in the South East. She is happy to travel – so please feel free to contact her!
Sian is a tutor at Bristol Baptist College and has worked with children and young people in a range of community settings over the years including primary school. She has introduced Godly Play to her local Baptist church which subsequently committed to following the two year curriculum with children and adults! In college she has given taster sessions to ministerial students and youth and children’s workers. Sian has a deep sense of calling to see children develop in their own spirituality and faith journey and is passionate for a Godly Play approach to this.
Alex is based in Edinburgh and has set up the Godly Play room at Cramond Kirk. She is part of Godly Play Scotland, introducing and promoting Godly Play across Scotland, she is happy to help and support anyone involved in Godly Play. Alex is also happy to travel and Godly Play Scotland run Discovery Days all around the country. You can find details of these at http://www.godlyplayscotland.co.uk/.
Cass is a musician and is training for ministry in the Church in Wales. She lives in Bala in North Wales and runs a Godly Play group in Christ Church, Bala through the medium of Welsh. She enjoys sharing Godly Play with children and adults and is in the process of translating the stories into Welsh.
Mae Cass yn gerddor ac yn hyfforddi ar gyfer gweinidogaeth yn yr Eglwys yng Nghymru. Mae hi’n byw yn y Bala ac yn rhedeg grwp Chwarae yng Nghwmni Duw yn Eglwys Crist, y Bala drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg. Mae hi’n mwynhau rhannu Godly Play gyda phlant ac oedolion ac yn y broses o gyfieithu’r straeon i’r Gymraeg.
Diana currently works in a nursery and enjoys bringing Godly play to children during primary school years and beyond. She is the trainer for South Wales and runs a Godly Play group at Holy Trinity Church, Abergavenny.
As well as working with children, Diana also loves bringing Godly Play to adults both through training and as a tool for enriching their own spiritual journey. She enjoys watching and encouraging the growth of Godly Play across Wales, in all denominations.
For details of support and training in Ireland please go to https://godlyplayie.wordpress.com/tag/godly-play-training/