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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
with details of your interest.
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 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.
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
- 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.
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
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