2019 Childhood Spirituality Conference
Saturday 11 May 2019  

10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Sheffield Cathedral

Enrichment Days
Friday 10 May 2019

10.30 am – 5.30 pm
These events will take place at a variety of venues around Sheffield on the day before the conference  and are an opportunity for Godly Play practitioners to enhance their skills, extend their thinking or expand their repertoire.

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Enrichment A Fully Booked
Godly Play Out of the Box

St Stephens, The Vine, Fawcett St, Sheffield S3 7PL

Led by Kathryn Lord

Godly Play is spiritually enriching for people aged 3 to 103 but what might it look like on a beach with families, at a drop in centre for homeless people, in a care home for older people, at a lunchtime club in a school, or as a fresh expression of church? What do these people really need?

Basing everything on the qualities of spiritual care in Godly Play we will think through in a practical way how we might adapt Godly Play for the specific contexts in which we are working or hope to work.

This day will involve interactive presentations and group work with opportunities to apply the principles to your real-life contexts.

Kathryn Lord is a Godly Play trainer and seeks to support spiritually-enriching practices using the method and principles of Godly Play with children and adults of all ages and needs. She is involved in the development of Godly Play amongst older people in care settings www.storiesforthesoul.org

Enrichment B
Revisions to Volumes, 2, 3 and 4

Sheffield Cathedral (Hilton room)

Led by Judy Yeomans

Heard about the new books, wondering what they contain? Come and experience a new core story, explore some of the changes to more familiar ones and spend time considering the implications of these carefully crafted revisions for your practice and classroom. This day might help us to develop as storytellers as we reflect on possible intentions behind these changes.

Judy Yeomans is a Godly Play trainer and works in the South East. She has a fledgling classroom at her church that is full on Sundays with seriously playful activity. She takes Godly Play into schools and a day care setting on a regular basis and enjoys supporting the work of other Godly Players, particularly through her local network in Sussex.

Enrichment C  Fully Booked

Wrestling With the Angel of Childhood: Taking Childhood Spirituality Seriously

Led by Peter Privett and Sue North-Coombes

Sheffield Cathedral (Town Trust room)

This will be a time to explore some of the themes from John Pridmore’s book Playing with Icons.
It would be helpful to have read the book, but it is not necessary for attendance.

Moments of wonder and awe; longing for other worlds; the dark night of the soul; connection to the natural world; moments of intensity … and much more…

A time to relate these to our own experience; a time to respond through silence, journaling, painting/drawing, etc. A time reflect on how these might help our Godly Play practice.

Peter and Sue are both Godly Play trainers. Peter chairs the International Godly Play Council and Sue is a former teacher and lecturer and has a Godly Play training room just outside London.

Enrichment D
Making materials: Abraham and Sarah’s stories

Led by Alison Summerskill

St Marks, Broomfield Rd, Sheffield S10 2SE  

Have you been meaning to get around to creating resources for Enrichment stories, but need the impetus to do it? Come and spend a day in community to first hear, and then make, the stories of Abraham and Sarah from The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 6.

Materials will be provided. You will leave with a complete set of resources for each story with felt underlay and basket.

Alison Summerskill is a Godly Play trainer based in Gloucestershire. She enjoys making materials and has an (almost) complete set of Volume 6 stories.


Accommodation for the Conference

We have reserved rooms at Jury’s Inn for Thursday, 9th May and Friday 10th May
Jury’s Inn, 119 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QW
0114 291 2222
There is a choice of double and twin rooms, all at a price of £65 per room.
Room Only rate is the same for both single and double occupancy rooms, guests can add breakfast at £10 per person.

To book, quote JIGODL090519.

The rooms will be reserved until 28 days before the conference and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that this needs to be booked separately by you. It is not included on the Conference booking form.