Upcoming Courses

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.

Taster Sessions

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.

Introductory Days

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.

3-day accredited Core Training

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 admin@godlyplay.org.uk with details of your interest.  

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 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 our courses for?

Course 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 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.    

Birmingham: Godly Play in Primary Schools Taster Day

Date: Friday 13th September 2019

Time: 10.30 am – 4.00 pm (arrive 10.00 am for refreshments)

Venue: Hall Green United Community Church, 609 Reddings Lane, Birmingham B28 8TE. https://www.hgucc.org.uk/directions/

Cost: £30; Concessions £15.

A day to experience Godly Play for yourself and reflect on how it might enrich your teaching... [Read more]

Rugby: 3 Day Accredited Training course


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

Dates: Wed 11th – Fri 13th September 2019

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: £315 (non residential, includes... [Read more]

Birmingham: Godly Play Taster Day

A day to experience Godly Play for yourself and reflect on how it might enrich your practice

Date: Saturday 14th September 2019, 10am – 3.30pm

Venue: Hall Green United Community Church, 609 Reddings Lane, Birmingham B28 8TE. https://www.hgucc.org.uk/directions/

Cost: £30; Concessions £15.

To book your place email alison@godlyplay.uk

Sheffield Introduction Day Friday 8th Nov 2019

Date: Friday 8th November 2019

Time: 10.30 am – 4.30 pm (arrive 10.00 am for refreshments)

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

Trainer: Kate Cornwell

Cost: £30.00. Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks are provided.

For those with little or no experience... [Read more]

Isle of Man: 3 Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: Marown Church, On main Peel-Douglas Road, Marown, Douglas, IM4 4BQ

Dates: Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th September 2019

Times: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm (except on final day of course, end at 5.00 pm)

Trainers: Rachel Bainton and Susie Steel

Cost: £320 (non residential, includes training, handbook, lunch and refreshments)... [Read more]

Surrey: An Introduction to Godly Play and Childhood Spirituality

Date: Thursday 3rd October 2019

Time: 10am-4pm (Arrivals from 9:30am)

Venue: Christ Church, Ottershaw, Guildford Road, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0PB (ten minutes from M25 J11)

Cost: £30 (includes light refreshments, please bring a packed lunch)

This is a day for those wishing to look at how Godly Play might support... [Read more]

Hull: Introductory Day

Date: 4th October 2019

Time: 10.00 – 3.30 pm

Venue: Trinity Methodist Church, Newland Avenue Hull HU5 2EJ

Cost: £20 (free to lay workers at Methodist Church)
To book: contact Susie Steel – trinitymethodisthull@gmail.com

Hull Network Meeting

Date: 15th October 2019

Time: 4.30 pm

Venue: Trinity Methodist Church, Newland Avenue Hull HU5 2EJ

Open invitation for all those using or interested in using Godly Play in their context- Church, home, school or wherever you are.

Time to experience a Godly Play story just for... [Read more]

Ampleforth, Yorkshire: 3 Day Accredited Training Course


Venue: Ampleforth Abbey, York YO62 4EN

Date: 22nd – 24th October 2019 (Tuesday – Thursday)

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

Trainers: Rachel Bainton and Katherine Lyddon

Cost: £430 for a residential place... [Read more]

Enrichment Day: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

Venue: TRINITY Church, Lewes

Date: Saturday 2nd November 10am-4pm (arrivals from 9:30)

Led by: South East trainer/advisor Judy Yeomans

This is a day for people who have completed core 3 day training in Godly Play.  You will experience a full GP session covering the sequence of Advent presentations as well... [Read more]