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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June 2021

Knowing Jesus …

22nd June @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Knowing Jesus ... is a new Going Deeper series, telling and wondering about some of the stories in Volume 8 of The Complete Guide to Godly Play, and some of the stories from the other volumes that we maybe don't tell very often. Our last session explores more of the other Jesus stories in The Complete Guide to Godly Play ... I wonder which stories it will be this time? The sessions, and stories, stand on their own, so if…

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Discovery Day Online – Liturgical Lessons

26th June @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Discovery Day Online - Session 3 - Liturgical Lessons Saturday 26th June, 10:30am-12:30pm 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 for you to ask…

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November 2021

Conference 2021 – Believing in Children

19th November @ 7:00 pm - 20th November @ 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 Friday 19th November - 7pm to 9pm Saturday 20th November - 10am to 4pm Full Conference - £50 Friday evening only - £20 Saturday only - £40   Godly Play Scotland is hosting its third - postponed from 2020 - conference from 19-20 November at Portobello and Joppa Parish Church in Edinburgh with guest speaker, Dr Rebecca Nye. Portobello is known as ‘Edinburgh’s Seaside’ and our guest speaker spent her early childhood years looking out on…

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