Upcoming Courses

3-day courses 2018

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Glasgow: UF Community Hall, Chryston 5 - 7 March  Monday -Wednesday
Gosport: Freedom Centre, Netherton Road 9 - 11 April Monday -Wednesday
Moffat, Scotland: Telford Manor House 4 - 6 May Residential Friday – Sunday
Cambridge: St Mark’s, Newnham 21 & 28 April, 9 June 3 Saturdays
Surrey: Christ Church, Ottershaw 8 - 10 May Tuesday - Thursday
South Wales: Llantarnam Abbey, Cwmbran 4 - 6 July Residential Wednesday - Friday
Exeter: The Great Hall, The Old Deanery 24 - 26 July Tuesday - Thursday
Exeter: The Great Hall, The Old Deanery 5 -7 September Wednesday - Friday
Manchester: Emmanuel Church, Didsbury 26 – 28 September Wednesday - Friday
York: Ampleforth Abbey 16 - 18 October Residential  Tuesday - Thursday
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.    

North Northumberland, Tweedmouth Parish Church, One Day Introductory


Venue: Tweedmouth Parish Church, Church Road, Tweedmouth, Berwick- upon -Tweed, TD15 2AJ

Trainers: Rachel Bainton and Mary Cooper

Date: February 24th 2018

Time: 9.30am for 9.45 

Hull and Humberside Godly Play Network

Place: Boulevard Baptist Hall (Gordon Street, Hull, HU3 3HN)

Date: 27th February

Time: 4pm

There will be an opportunity to experience a complete Godly Play session, and time for cake and a chat after.

Monkseaton, North Tyneside: 3-day Accredited Core Training (spread over 4 days)

3 Day Accredited Core Training (spread over 4 days) – Fridays and Saturdays – February and March 2018

Venue: The Parish Church of St. Mary, Monkseaton

Dates: Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd February, Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd March 2018

Times: Each day begins at 9.30 am and ends at 4.30... [Read more]

Abergavenny: Godly Play Introductory Day

Venue: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Baker Street, Abergavenny

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Time: 10.00 am – 3.45 pm (arrivals from 9.30 for prompt 10am start)

Cost: £25 (please bring your own lunch – tea / coffee provided) £5 discount per person for bookings of 2 or more people... [Read more]

Introduction to Godly Play with Older People

An introduction for those with little or no experience of Godly Play and who would like to know more about how it might help to nurture spirituality in older people.

You will experience two Godly Play sessions in a fully equipped Godly Play classroom. After each session there will... [Read more]

Glasgow: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Venue: UF Community Hall, 211 Cumbernauld Road, Chryston, Glasgow G69 9ND

Dates: Mon 5th – Wed 7th March 2018

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

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

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Sheffield: One Day Introduction

Date:   Friday 9th March, 2018

Venue: The Vine, St Stephen’s, Fawcett St, Netherthorpe, Sheffield, S3 7PL

Time:   10am – 3.30pm (arrivals from 9.30am for refreshments, prompt start at 10am)

Trainer: Kate Cornwell

Cost:  £30.00

Experience at least two Godly Play sessions in a fully equipped Godly Play room. After... [Read more]

London (Putney): One Day Introductory Course

Venue: St Mary’s Church Godly Play Room, High Street, Putney, SW15 1SN

Times: 9.45am till 5pm

Trainer: Stuart Lee

Cost: £10, including light refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch as there will only be a short lunch break. Please note that this course is subsidised by the Anglican Diocese of Southwark but... [Read more]

Training Day in Godly Play with Older People

Training Day in Godly Play with Older People

This one day training will explore the spirituality of older people, adapting Godly Play for a variety of care settings and working with elders who have dementia. The training is for those who have already completed the 3 day accredited Core training in... [Read more]

Sheffield: Going Deeper and Getting Equipped

This day is for those who are already practicing Godly Play, are perhaps setting up their own spaces and gathering resources. It will provide time and space to go deeper in our understanding about Godly Play, as well as to become more equipped with story materials and resources. The morning... [Read more]