Godly Play is a gift to a school
Godly Play takes children’s spirituality seriously. It is an imaginative approach to spiritual nurture through story, wondering, and play.
We recommend that anyone taking Godly Play into a school undertakes the three-day core training course.
— Deputy Head
Godly Play can be grown by a school
Our trainers can help by offering:
- A taster session to experience Godly Play, perhaps as a twilight training
- An INSET (half or full day) on children’s spirituality
- A place for a staff member on an Introductory training day
Why do Godly Play?
The spiritual nature and capacities of children are recognised:
— Schools with Soul report (2014) produced by the RSA
Godly Play and its underlying principles offer a different way of being with children that can help nurture their spirituality in all aspects of school life. Godly Play values process rather than product, multi-modality learning, open questions and space for discovery, meaning-making and self-directed activity
Planning for Godly Play in schools
There are many ways of using Godly Play:
- For key festivals and seasons such as Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter
- To learn about Christian traditions such as baptism and communion
- As a lunchtime or after-school activity
- As part of a themed day such as RE day
- As a regular activity, a way of learning and doing things differently
- As part of Collective Worship
- As an SMSC enrichment activity
Godly Play can be done in all sorts of spaces. A special or ‘sacred’ space is created for Godly Play by:
- Creating a threshold, a place where the space begins
- Offering a welcome: ‘Are you ready?’
- Ensuring there is space enough for a single circle of children
- Having a visual focal point (a focal shelf)
- Being fully present to the children
- Being clear about listening and mutual respect
- Acknowledging the place and power of silence
- Displaying the story and response materials carefully, in a way that communicates value and appeal.
The Godly Play stories are published in The Complete Guide to Godly Play. This is a series of 8 volumes with the core stories in volumes 2, 3, and 4.
Godly Play can be done with:
- A whole class
- Smaller groups
- ‘Family’ groups
- Nurture groups
(2009), Church House Publishing, ISBN 9780715140277, £10.99
(2009), Morehouse Education Resources, ISBN 9781606740484, £16
— boy aged 8
— year 5 child