Upcoming Courses

3-day courses 2018

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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.    

Edinburgh: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh (Godly Play Scotland base)
Date: Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th September 2018
Times: 8.30 to 6.00pm
Trainers: Alex Mackenzie and Richard Knott
Cost: £295 (non-residential) (NEARLY full booked – 2 spaces left)
Book at: https://www.godlyplayscotland.co.uk/event/storyteller-and-door-person-accredited-training-duddingston-edinburgh/?v=79cba1185463

Exeter: 3-Day Accredited Training Course


Venue: The Great Hall, The Old Deanery, Exeter,  EX1 1HS

Dates: Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2018

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

Trainers: Peter Privett and Katherine Lyddon

Cost: £295 (non residential, includes... [Read more]

Training in Godly Play with older adults

Date: Friday 7th September 2018

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

Times: Arrive from 10.30am for an 11.00am start. Finishing at 5.30pm.

Cost: £50.00 (please bring a packed lunch, refreshments are provided).

This one day training –  for those who have already completed the 3 day... [Read more]

Getting equipped to be an advocate of Godly Play with older adults

Date:  Saturday, 8th September 2018 Time: 11.00am – 5.30pm Arrivals from 10.30am for a prompt start at 11.00am Venue: St Bartholomews Church Centre, Primrose Hill, Sheffield, S6 2UW

Are you passionate about working with older adults using Stories for the Soul (Godly Play with older adults)? Do you want to... [Read more]

Didsbury, Manchester: 3-Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: Emmanuel Church Godly Play Room, 6 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M20 6TR

Date: 26th – 28th September 2018

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: £295 (non-residential, includes training, handbook, lunches and morning... [Read more]

Birmingham Storytelling Circle

Our next Storytelling Circle is on Monday 8th October 2018.

Godly Play Advocates Helen Woodall and Claire Wesley host a multi-denominational group who get together termly to share our experiences, receive mutual support and encouragement for our practice and experience a story told by a member of the group. We... [Read more]

Godly Play Taster Day: Birmingham

A day for beginners to experience and practise telling a Godly Play Story

Venue: Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Times: 10pm – 4pm

Cost: £25, including a story. Please bring something to share for lunch

To book: email – office@birminghammethodist.org.uk

The closing date... [Read more]

Ampleforth, Yorkshire: 3 Day Accredited Training Course

Venue: Ampleforth Abbey, York YO62 4EN

Date: 16th – 18th October 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday)

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

Trainers: Rebecca Nye and Rachel Bainton

Cost: £410 for a residential place

£390 (non-residential)

□             Include... [Read more]

Ottershaw Surrey: Introductory One Day Course

Date: Saturday October 20th 2018

Venue: Ottershaw Godly Play room, Guildford Road, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0PB                                                                    ... [Read more]

Sheffield: One Day Introduction

Date:   Saturday 20 October, 2018

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

Time:   11am – 5pm (arrivals from 10.30am for refreshments, prompt start at 11am)

Trainer: Kathryn Lord

Cost:  £30 (refreshments will be provided, please bring a packed lunch)

Experience two Godly Play sessions in a... [Read more]