What is Godly Play Scotland?

Godly Play Scotland is a non profit making, voluntary organisation, set up in 2010.

The aim of Godly Play Scotland is to encourage and support Godly Play practitioners and those wanting to find out what it is all about.

If you have not come across Godly Play, the method is particularly suitable if you are looking for a different or complementary approach to Christian education. Although it was initially aimed at children, it is equally suitable for all age groups and in many different situations.

As Godly Play is radically different from traditional teaching methods and very effective, it is really difficult to describe its impact - much better to come and let us show you!

Alex Mackenzie and Margaret Grant (who has now retired) set up a Godly Play room and centre at Duddingston Kirk. The room, as with all Godly Play rooms, is a work in progress, with new stories being added often.

Godly Play Scotland has a travelling set of materials - so we can bring a Godly Play room to you on Discovery Days, and also a set of lending set of materials, so you can try out Godly Play in your own setting.

The official Godly Play UK website gives all the information you will need on Godly Play.

Meet the team

Our team are bringing Godly Play to churches, schools and care homes across Scotland.

Alex Mackenzie
Godly Play Lead Trainer

Alex is based in Edinburgh and trained as a Storyteller in 2008 and became an Accredited Trainer in 2010. She shares Godly Play at Cramond Kirk, where she has spent many years working with a circle of teenagers. Alex has been taking Godly Play into local care homes for almost as long as she has been Godly Playing. During the pandemic Godly Play became Alex's 'job'! She is married to Alan and they have two grown up children and a small dog.

Michelle Brown
Godly Play Trainer
Michelle is currently the Family Worker at Portobello and Joppa Parish Church in Edinburgh. Originally from New Jersey, USA Michelle worked in children's and youth ministry for a PCUSA church in Boston and was Programme Director at Camp Wilmot Summer Camp in New Hampshire before coming to Edinburgh to attain a MTh in Theological Ethics, specialising in Media from New College at the University of Edinburgh. Michelle is an Accredited Godly Play Trainer, she completed her training in November 2017.
Jessica Lang
Godly Play Trainer
Jessica Lang has been sharing Godly Play with circles of children since 2004. She recently completed training to be a Godly Play trainer. Jessica currently shares Godly Play with children at St Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church in St Andrews where she is the Young Church Coordinator. Previously, she shared Godly Play with the children at her Presbyterian church in North Carolina. Jessica has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education and Ministry and a Master's degree in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English from Wheaton College in Illinois. She taught at a primary school 10 years in North Carolina before relocating with her family to Scotland. She lives in Crail with her husband T.J. and their three children who are also fans of Godly Play.
Hilary Lacroix
Godly Play Trainer
Hilary Lacroix trained to be a Storyteller in 2013 and a Godly Play Trainer in 2022. She mainly shares Godly Play in her non-denominational church, Kings’ Inverness, but enjoys opportunities to use it in other settings. Hilary first encountered and practiced Godly Play with adults with learning disabilities as a long term member of L’Arche.
She studied Biblical studies and Missiology at Moorlands College. These days you can mainly find her baking and making coffee at the coffee shop of her church. Hilary lives just south of Inverness with her husband Thomas, two teenaged sons and a couple of ridiculous hens. She enjoys all things creative, especially making materials for Godly Play. 
Suzanne Dow
Godly Play Advocate
I attend The Salvation Army and work for them too as the Regional Children's Specialist. This involves me helping local Salvation Army centres throughout Scotland and Ireland with developing and starting up children's ministry. In June 2016 I completed my diploma in Children's Mission and Ministry at Cliff College. I did my Godly Play training in February 2015 and since then have used Godly Play in a variety of settings with children, teenagers and adults. I am lucky enough to be able to use Godly Play within my work and am an advocate both for The Salvation Army and Godly Play Scotland.

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