Hands-on experience & reflection

Training and Events

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The training & guidance you need

No matter what your experience or setting, our talented team of trainers is able to provide custom training and guidance that will enable you to confidently use Godly Play in your context.

We offer various possibilities:

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A small number of bursaries are available to enable more people to access Godly Play training courses.

If you are looking for training in Scotland, we encourage you to make contact with our colleagues in Godly Play Scotland.


An Experience of Godly Play

This is a good place to start. Trainers and Advocates offer these taster sessions, lasting between 90 minutes and 2 hours. This could, for example, be a twilight session for staff in school or a Saturday morning in-service training for your church team. You are invited to participate in a full Godly Play session for yourself, to get a flavour for what it is like. 

Lists of our trainers and advocates are here to enable you to make contact.

Another way of having an experience of Godly Play is to contact a local network group. You can find details here. Alternatively, check with the officers responsible for children’s work in the local regional office of your denomination.

Another route would be to request a 90-minute online experience for your team. For more details contact admin@godlyplay.uk





“Godly Play training has opened my eyes to a new way of untangling the human and holy story and I can’t wait to use my new story telling skills”


You will need to negotiate payment for face-to-face sessions. Some may be free in your local area or for a small fee (to cover travel expenses).

An online Experience will be led by a trainer or advocate. Contact admin@godlyplay.uk for cost.



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An Introduction to Godly Play

Introductions to Godly Play are offered either face-to-face as a whole-day course, or online as four weekly ninety-minute sessions. You will have an opportunity to experience a whole Godly Play session, followed by three sessions each exploring a different Godly Play genre. There is also an opportunity to discuss key elements of the Godly Play approach. The group size is small, ideal for asking all your questions.

You can book as an individual or bring a group. Look at the list of courses available or contact admin@godlyplay.uk to request one.

A list of our trainers is here to enable you to make contact.


Costs for the online Introduction is £50 per person. You can book your place online below.  Contact admin@godlyplay.uk

You will need to negotiate payment for face-to-face sessions with the invited trainer.

School INSET

We may also offer INSET options to schools. Contact local trainers.



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“I loved the way each session was presented. We were taken straight into the heart of this lovely way of presenting stories to children and offering them material for their imagination, (and ours)”

Core Training

More than 1500 people have completed an accredited training course with Godly Play UK.  

Certificated three-day courses are led by members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK. This training enables you to use the Godly Play method and understand its principles. The training follows an action/reflection model of 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 presentation (sacred stories, parables and liturgical action/church practice) to help you begin to understand how different genres of Christian language support spiritual exploration.

Workshops in this core training also cover:

  • The Spirituality of Childhood
  • Setting up a Godly Play environment
  • Your particular context, concerns and questions.


Costs vary (between £315 and £460) depending on whether the course is residential or not. 

Dates for forthcoming Core Training around the UK are listed here. Please email admin@godlyplay.uk  to register interest for you or your team, or to book a place on a course.

Godly Play UK is committed to using 10% of its annual gain to provide a small number of bursaries to help people undertake a three-day course. Gifts from members of the Godly Play Associates scheme are also sometimes available to help people undertake core training. The application form sets out the conditions and parameters for this.


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Enrichment Events

Enrichment events are a chance to go deeper into Godly Play. Sometimes we get to know a particular genre of Godly Play story, or work together to make materials. We also offer occasional retreats for adults to find refreshment and spiritual nurture for themselves, using Godly Play.  


The costs of enrichment events vary according to the length and nature of the event.

Dates for forthcoming Enrichment Events around the UK are listed here. Please email admin@godlyplay.uk  to register interest for you or your team, or to book a place.


Enrichment events

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