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.    

Sheffield: One Day Introduction

Date:   Saturday 23 June, 2018

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

Time:   10am – 4pm (arrivals from 9.30am for refreshments, prompt start at 10am)

Trainer: Kathryn Lord

Cost:  £30.00 (to include lunch)

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

Fareham: Godly Play Introductory Day

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

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, West Street, Fareham ,Hampshire, PO16 OEL

Date: Saturday, 30th June 2018

Times: 9.45-4.30pm

Cost £20, Please bring a packed lunch but drinks and soup will be available.

To book your place, please contact... [Read more]

Llantarnam Abbey, Wales: 3 Day Accredited Training course

Venue:    Ty Croeso centre, Llantarnam Abbey, Cwmbran, NP44 3YJ

Date:        Wednesday 4th –Friday 6th July 2018

Times:      8.30 to 8.30 except finishing at 5.30 on the last day.

Trainers:  Diana Williams and Cass Meurig

Cost:         Residential £410 (8 residential places available at Ty... [Read more]

London 3 Day Accredited Training + Enrichment Day

This course is fully booked.

Venue: West London Family Church, 230 Lillie Road, Fulham, London, SW6 7QA

Dates: 6th & 7th July, 3rd & 4th August 2018

Times: 9am to 5pm

Trainers: Stuart Lee and Kathryn Lord

Cost: £320 (lunch not included, morning and afternoon refreshments available)

This non-residential course takes the form... [Read more]

Norfolk Godly Play Network meeting

Date: Saturday 7th July 2018
Venue: Worship Centre, Bowthorpe Hall Road, Bowthorpe, Norwich
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Contact: For full details please follow this link www.dioceseofnorwich.org/event?id=10348  

Cambridge Godly Play Network

Cambridge Godly Play Network

Saturdays 10th March, 12th May and 14th July 2018

9.30-11 am at St Mark’s Church, Barton Road, Newnham, Cambridge CB3 9JZ (we meet in the community centre behind the church)

An opportunity to meet others, share a story and wonder about using Godly Play in our... [Read more]

Training Day in Godly Play with Older Adults

Date: Saturday 14th July 2018

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

Times: Arrive from 11.00am for a 11.15 am start. Finishing at 5.45pm.

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]

Retreat with Creation and the Saints


Friday, 20th July (11am) till Saturday 21st July (5pm) In the beautiful Flying Fish Art Studio at 22 Riverdale Road, Sheffield, S10 3FB

I can’t recommend this retreat more highly.  It was my first ‘retreat’, and has left me just full of wonder, and so thankful that I was able to experience... [Read more]

Exeter: 3-Day Accredited Training


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

Dates: 24th, 25th  & 26th July 2018

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

Trainers: Rebecca Nye, Katherine Lyddon and Alison Summerskill

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

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 training, handbook, sandwich... [Read more]