What is Godly Play Scotland?

Godly Play Scotland is a non profit making, voluntary organisation which was set up in 2010, as a sister movement to Godly Play UK.

The aim of Godly Play Scotland is simply to support and inform those starting out in Godly Play or 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 many new churches and introducing Godly Play to environments like schools and care homes across Scotland.

Alexandra Mackenzie
Accredited Godly Play Trainer
Alex is based in Edinburgh and has set up the Godly Play room at Cramond Kirk (Sept 2009). She's been using Godly Play with the same group of children for over six years. Alex is interested in working with teenagers, adult groups and older people. She is an accredited Godly Play Trainer who runs our Going Deeper days and helps co-ordinate and run the three day training courses in Scotland. Alex manages to fit working for one of Edinburgh's financial services companies around her Godly Playing. She is married to Alan and they have two grown up children.
Michelle Brown
Accredited 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.
Suzanne Dow
Goldy 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.

Upcoming Events

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January 2022

Discovery Day Online – Liturgical Lessons

22nd January @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discovery Day Online - Session 3 - Liturgical Lessons Saturday 22nd January - 10am - 12 noon Liturgical Lessons is the third of three 2-hour Zooms that, along with the Sacred Story and Parable sessions, are the online equivalent of a Discovery Day.  For when you just can't wait for the in-person events to start again. The Liturgical Lessons session includes hearing, wondering about and responding to one of the Godly Play Liturgical stories or lessons, followed by a chance…

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March 2022

Storyteller and Door Person Accredited Training – Cramond Kirk, Edinburgh – 22-24 March 2022

22nd March @ 8:30 am - 24th March @ 6:00 pm
Cramond Kirk Halls, Kirk Cramond
Edinburgh, EH4 6HZ United Kingdom
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The Godly Play Storyteller and Door Person Accredited Training is designed to give people a better understanding of both the theory and practice of Godly Play. The course explores each of the main types of story – sacred, parables and liturgy.  We concentrate on the core stories that people usually tell at the beginning of their Godly Play journey.  Alongside the stories and wondering, are workshops that explore the theology and theory behind Godly Play. There is a mixture of…

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May 2023

Conference 2023 – Believing in Children

26th May 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 27th May 2023 @ 4:00 pm
Portobello & Joppa Parish Church, 1 Brunstane Rd North, Portobello
Edinburgh, EH15 2DL United Kingdom
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with Dr Rebecca Nye May 2023   Portobello and Joppa is a special place. Known as 'Edinburgh's Seaside', with long stretches of beautiful sand and blue sea. It is special, too, for our guest speaker, Dr Rebecca Nye. Rebecca spent her early childhood looking out on this beach, and this is where her childhood spirituality began to grow. Because Portobello and Joppa are such an important part of Rebecca's childhood, she asked if she could be with us in person…

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