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.    

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]

Newcastle – Godly Play Network Group

Friday 1st November 2019

7.30pm – ~9.30pm

St. James’ and St. Basil’s

On the corner ofFenham Hall Dr and Wingrove RdFenhamNewcastle upon TyneNE4 9EJ

*** Note:  New Venue ***

This will be our first meeting in our new venue.  From now until 2021, the Cathedral will... [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]

Derbyshire, Cliff College: 3 Day Accredited Training course


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

Dates: Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th November, 2019

Trainers: Kathryn Lord and Alison Summerskill

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

Cost: £430 (residential, includes full board)

There is an... [Read more]

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... [Read more]

Lewes, East Sussex: 3 Day Accredited Training course


Venue: Trinity Church, Southover, Lewes. BN7 1JH

Dates: 3 Saturdays: 19th October, 9th and 23rd November 2019

Times: Each day begins at 9am and finishes by 5:30pm

Trainers: Judy Yeomans and Stuart Lee

Cost: £320 (non-residential, includes training, handbook, lunches and morning and afternoon refreshments) To... [Read more]

Arbroath, Scotland: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Venue: The Windmill Christian Centre, Arbroath

Dates: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November 2019

Times: Friday 5pm – Sunday 5pm

Trainers: Alex Mackenzie, Michelle Brown, Richard Knott

Cost: £430 for residential, £315 for non-residential.

This is a compressed course and there is a lot packed into the weekend – Saturday... [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]

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]