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.
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.Find out more »
Come for tea, coffee, cake, a chat ... Come to borrow or return materials ... and to hear and wonder about a Godly Play story. Everyone is welcome, no need to book, just come along.Find out more »
This 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. It concentrates 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…Find out more »