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?

The bursary-making policy Godly Play UK makes 10% of its annual profit available to subsidise the costs of attending one of its training courses, subject to applicants fulfilling the requirements for a bursary outlined below and adequate funds being available. Bursaries are awarded to applicants based on their personal circumstances and can help those who may face financial barriers to attending Godly Play UK training events. In all matters concerning potential financial assistance, the decision of the trustees will be final. If you are over 18 and would like to apply for a bursary, please complete the application form for a bursary from Godly Play UK and email it to the Chair, detailing how you fulfil the below criteria.
Criteria for receiving a bursary to attend a three-day accredited course:
  • Applicants must be from churches and/or areas where resources are scarce (e.g. Urban Priority Areas, Rural Communities).
  • Wherever it is possible, joint funding with other bodies to cover accommodation and travel costs is preferable.
  • Ideally two applicants are preferable. This is to ensure mutual support as Godly Play is developed and established in the applicants setting after the course.
  • Areas and/or denominations where Godly Play is not yet established.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a thought-out strategy to disseminate Godly Play within their setting.
  • Applicants will need a positive and supportive reference from their Church Leader to show they have the support of their denomination.
  • Applicants should also provide details of at least one – and preferably two – further referees who can positively support the application.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to submit a progress report to the Chair of the trustees 6 months after the end of the course.
Please note: Details of those awarded bursaries 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 bursary.



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.

Devon and Somerset Godly Play Hub

Date: Saturday 11th January 2020

Time: 10am – 12.15 (arrive from 9.40 for refreshments)

Optional bring and share lunch with time to practice stories til 3pm

Venue: St John’s Church, Wellington TA21 8RF

St John’s Church Wellington

Trainer: Katherine Lyddon

Cost: Free. Donations for hot drinks will be gratefully received.... [Read more]

Midlands Godly Play Storytelling Circle

Our next Godly Play Storytelling Circle will be:

Date: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Venue: 152 Church Road, Northfield B31 2LU. 

Join us to share our experiences, receive mutual support and encouragement for our practice and experience a story told by a member of the group –... [Read more]

Abergavenny Introductory Day

Date: Saturday 25th January 2020

Time: 10am – 4pm (arrive from 9.40 for refreshments)

Venue: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Baker Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5BH

Trainer: Diana Williams

Cost: £30 Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks are provided.

To book please contact Diana on: dianawilliams2@btinternet.com

This course is open... [Read more]

St Mary’s Church, Putney (London): Extended Introduction to Godly Play

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

Dates: Saturday, 7th March 2020

Times: 9.30am till 5pm

Trainer: Stuart Lee

Cost: £30, including light refreshments. Please bring a packed lunch as there will only be a short lunch break and not sufficient time to go out and buy... [Read more]

Gloucester: 3 day Accredited Training Course

Venue: St Mary de Crypt Church, Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1TP

Dates: Mon 16th – Wed 18th March 2020

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

Trainers: Sian Hancock and Alison Summerskill

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

Derbyshire, Cliff College: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Venue: Cliff College, Calver, Derbyshire, S32 3XG

Dates: Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th March, 2020

Times: 8.45 am – 7.45 pm (except on final day of course which ends at 5.15 pm)

Cost: £445 (residential, includes full board)

There is an option of bed and breakfast for the night before.

This... [Read more]

Monkseaton, North Tyneside: 3-day Accredited Core Training

Venue: The Parish Church of St. Mary, Claremont Gardens, Monkseaton,

Dates: Wednesday April 22nd- Friday April 24th 2020

Times: 8.30 am – 6.00 pm (except on final day of course, end at 5.30 pm)

Trainers: Mary Cooper and Sian Hancock

Cost: £320 (non residential, includes training handbook and lunches)

3-day-booking-form-Monkseaton-2020... [Read more]
Ottershaw, Surrey: 3 Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: Christ Church, Ottershaw, Near Woking, Surrey

Dates: Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th April 2020

Times: 9am – 6pm 

Trainers: Judy Yeomans and Kate Cornwall

Cost: £315 (non-residential, includes training handbook, refreshments and lunches)

This course is held in the dedicated Godly Play classroom at Christ Church, courtesy of... [Read more]

Enrichment Event – Spiritual Retreat

A Creative Response Using Godly Play

Friday 1st May @ 5pm – Sunday 3rd May 2020 @ 5pm ***

***  Please note this retreat concludes prior to tea time, rather than after lunchShepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland NE44 6AF

Residential, including full boardLeaders: Mary Cooper & Rachel Bainton... [Read more]

Cambridge Godly Play Network

Our next gatherings!

Venue: St Mark’s Church, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9JZ

Date: Saturdays 5th October 2019, 1st February and 9th May 2020

Time: 9.30-11 am

You are warmly invited to our next gathering where we will share a Godly Play story and wondering together, and there will be time... [Read more]