Materials & Resources

Doing Godly Play

In Your Context

The main context for Godly Play is spiritual guidance or mentoring of small groups of children in churches by adults. That said, people are experimenting with its use in other contexts.

UK Supplier

Saint Michael’s Workshop in Bowthorpe, Norwich, has a team of dedicated people manufacturing the materials used in Godly Play.

Every Godly Play item is handcrafted and finished.

What happens in a Godly Play session? Godly Play Session Find Out More

How to do Godly Play: where to find the stories and other things …

All the Godly Play stories are found in the eight volumes of The Complete Guide to Godly Play. Five books have stories and three offer really useful information about background, theory and adaptions.

Volumes 2, 3 and 4 provide essential material for the ‘core stories’, using Godly Play for about three years, using a spiral curriculum approach.

All the books are by Jerome Berryman and available in good Christian bookshops or through Amazon.

The Complete Guide to Godly Play Books

  • Volume 1

    Volume 1

    This provides orientation to the Godly Play approach, with detailed information on creating a special space for children and techniques for presenting each lesson.

  • Volume 2

    Volume 2

    Contains story scripts and instructions. This includes many Old Testament Sacred Stories about the People of God.

  • Volume 3

    Volume 3

    Contains story scripts for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany and Baptism and the Parables.

  • Volume 4

    Volume 4

    Includes Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Holy Communion and the Early Church.

  • Volume 5

    Volume 5

    Has useful tips about Godly Play in different contexts. It does not contain any story scripts.

  • Volume 6

    Volume 6

    Has ‘going further’ stories for experienced Godly Play groups, exploring individual Bible characters.

  • Volume 7

    Volume 7

    Has ‘going further’ stories for experienced Godly Play groups, exploring the lives of twelve saints and our own vocation.

  • Volume 8

    Volume 8

    Includes additional New Testament material and an overview of the whole curriculum

  • Teaching Godly Play: How to mentor the spiritual development of children

    Teaching Godly Play: How to mentor the spiritual development of children

    Provides detailed practical advice about the adult roles in Godly Play.

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