To see the full list of our forthcoming courses and other events, use the list drop down menu above.
What courses are available?
Godly Play courses vary in depth and detail.
You could start with a taster session of approximately 2 hours. Our Advocates are delighted to offer this. 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.
An Introductory Day offers participants key elements of the Godly Play approach: they will see a carefully-laid out children’s sacred space, listen to some Godly Play stories and explore many resources. The group size is small, ideal for asking all your questions. You can book as an individual or bring agroup. Use the drop down menu above 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 to schools.
Certificated three-day courses are led by 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 a different kind 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 menu above to find details of forthcoming three-day training around the UK. If you can't find something appropriate send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with details of your interest.
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 to see if a course can be arranged.
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.
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 our courses for?
Course participants have included:
- Children’s Work Advisers
- 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 complete the Application form for a bursary from Godly Play UK
and email it to the Chair
, detailing how you fulfil the criteria below.
Criteria for receiving a bursary to attend a three-day accredited course
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.
Ideally two applicants are preferable to ensure mutual support as Godly Play is developed after the course.
Areas/denominations where Godly Play is not yet established. Applicants who have a thought-out strategy to disseminate Godly Play.
Applicants should provide details of at least one referee, who can support the application. Applicants need to show they have the support of their denomination.
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.
Procedure: Applications should be in writing, on the form downloadable above , to the Chair of Godly Play UK, who will seek approval from Trustees of the charity before awarding a grant.
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 above. Browse 3 day accredited core training
, Introductory Days and Taster sessions, Further training, Special events and Conferences
, Regional and Local network meetings
Date: Monday 28th January 2019
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm (6.45 pm for refreshments)
Venue: The Vine at St Stephens Church, Fawcett St, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, S3 7PL
Trainer: Kate Cornwell (email@example.com)
Cost: £15.00. Refreshments are provided.
For those with little or no experience of Godly Play who want an... [Read more]
Venue: URC, St Aubyns Road, Portslade BN41 1AB
Date and Time: Saturday 16th February 2019 10am-12:30. Tea and coffee provided. (Lunch at a nearby café optional)
You are invited to join the circle for a story followed by sharing of news and views from around the area.
Everyone welcome; those... [Read more]
Venue: St Mary’s Church Godly Play Room, High Street, Putney SW15 1SN
Dates: Saturday, 9th March 2019
Times: 9.30am till 5pm
Trainer: Stuart Lee
Cost: £20, including light refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch as there will only be a short lunch break. This course is subsidised by the Anglican... [Read more]
Venue: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Baker Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5BH
Date: Saturday 16th March 2019
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (arrivals from 9.45 for prompt 10am start)
Cost: £25 (please bring your own lunch – tea / coffee provided)
Training led by: Diana Williams (South Wales Trainer)
To Book:... [Read more]
Friday, 22nd March (11am) till Saturday 23rd March (5pm)
In the beautiful Flying Fish Art Studio, which is within a home
at 22 Riverdale Road, Sheffield, S10 3FB
I can’t recommend this retreat more highly. It was my first ‘retreat’, and has left me just full of wonder, and... [Read more]
Venue: The Vine, St Stephens Church, Finley Street, Netherthorpe, S3 7PL
Dates: 25th – 27th March 2019
Times: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm (except on final day of course which ends at 5 pm)
Trainers: Kate Cornwell and Kathryn Lord
A recommended place to stay is the Church Army Wilson Carlile Centre... [Read more]
A Creative Response Using Godly Play
Friday 5th April 2019 5pm – Sunday 7th April 2019 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 Bainton
£230... [Read more]
Venue: Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh (Godly Play Scotland base)
Date: Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th April 2019
Times: 8.30 to 6.00pm
Trainers: Alex Mackenzie and Michelle Brown
Cost: £295 (non-residential)
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Date: Friday 26th April 2019
Venue: Newcastle cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PF
Times: Arrive from 10.00am for a 10.15 am start. Finishing at 5.15pm.
Cost: £50.00 (please bring a packed lunch, refreshments are provided).
This one day training – for those who have already completed the 3 day accredited Core... [Read more]
Date: Friday 10th May, 2019
Venue: in Sheffield (actual venue will be confirmed nearer the time)
Times: 10.30am till 5.30pm.
Cost: £50.00 (please bring a packed lunch, refreshments are provided).
Trainer: Judy Yeomans
This enrichment day precedes the Childhood spirituality conference at Sheffield cathedral on Saturday, 11th May
Heard about... [Read more]