Explore our Christian faith through imaginative play

Godly Play is a very different, but amazingly engaging, creative and imaginative method for exploring our Christian faith and heritage.

It is not about learning lessons, keeping children entertained or telling children what they need to know.

It’s about experiencing and exploring the sacred stories of God’s people, of knowing Jesus through his life and his parables and understanding the way in which we approach God though liturgical action.

Godly Play is one of those things that it's maybe better to experience than to read about.200

Godly play assumes that children (and adults) are individuals, with different needs. That we all have different ways to learn and that play is important in all our learning.

Godly Play creates a safe and open space, allowing children the opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of God.

Godly Play has been developed over many years (since the 1960s). The well-tested story scripts are based on the bible and say only what needs to be said.

The emphasis is on simplicity, getting to the essence of the story rather than 'exciting' elaboration. The silence and gestures are as important and powerful as the words.

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.

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February 2019

Making Materials Day – Wishaw

23rd February @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Netherton Methodist Church, 63 Netherton Road
Wishaw, ML2 0DD United Kingdom
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Some of the Godly Play materials you have to buy, others you can borrow and the rest you can make.

Materials Days are all about making your own materials.

We'll supply quality, basic, raw materials (mdf and plywood tiles, foamcore, images) and the tools (glue, sandpaper, craft knives) you need to use to allow you to make your own Godly Play storytelling objects. There will be experienced crafters and makers available to advise and help you with your endeavours.

Making Materials days are pretty busy, with people making different things, and there is usually lots of Godly Play chat and networking and not nearly enough coffee drinking.

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March 2019

Discovery Day – Banchory

2nd March @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
St Ternan’s Church, High Street
Banchory, AB31 5TB United Kingdom
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Would you like to find out about Godly Play?  If you do, then this Discovery Day gives you the opportunity to experience a full Godly Play session for yourself, to find out about the different stories, have a close look at the storytelling resources and find out how you might start your own Godly Play journey. The cost for the day is £15 and includes refreshments and lunch. Book here ...  

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Circle – Edinburgh

7th March @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 39 Jeffrey Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DH United Kingdom
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7pm for 7:30 at Old Saint Paul's on Jeffrey Street. Come for tea, coffee, cake, a chat, to borrow or return materials, to hear a Godly Play story and wonder. Everyone is welcome, no need to book, just come along.

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