Godly Play training

Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It can be used in a variety of settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, and care homes for the elderly. Over the three-day training course, you will develop your practice and understanding of the art of Godly Play.

Godly Play training Cliff College

Godly Play is based on long-established, tried and tested approaches. Godly Play uses symbols and objects as well as words. Godly Play values process, openness, and discovery. Godly Play encourages people to make meaning for themselves. It invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience. Godly Play is a non-coercive way to encourage children to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith, through wondering questions and open-ended response time. It is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols, and rites. Although it was originally developed as a resource for children, Godly Play is now being used with a wide range of age groups in a diversity of settings.

The spirituality of the child (and the adult) and the ways in which Godly Play is a form of spiritual guidance are explored throughout the course. The training (minimum of 25 hours over three days) follows an action/reflection model of learning. There is a mixture of trainer-led presentations in each genre, and participant storytelling presentations, covering more than 15 stories. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day explores one of the primary religious genres of Godly Play: sacred stories, parables, and liturgical lessons.

Workshops in the core module also cover:

setting up a Godly Play environment

the theology of Childhood

• your particular concerns and questions

Course Dates

We run two Godly Play courses each year, with 14 places available on each course.

Autumn 2020: 3–5 (Tue–Thur) November 2020

Spring 2021: Dates to be arranged shortly – please contact the administrator for further details.

Each course will start at 8:45am Tuesday, with registration and welcome. The course concludes at 5:15pm on Thursday.

Course Costs

The cost of £445.00, includes en suite accommodation, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and evening meal on Tuesday, full board on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch Thursday. Additional accommodation can be provided on-site should you wish to arrive the night before, charged separately.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival.

To request a booking form, please email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk, or call 01246 584203 to speak to Pete Anderson, our short course administrator.