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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December 2020

Godly Play Experience – Online

12th December @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Godly Play Scotland are pleased to be able to offer a Godly Play Experience on Saturday 12th December from 10:30am.  This is the first step in our online Discovery Day series and there is no change for this event. These are for people who are wondering what Godly Play is, and can't wait for the in-person Discovery Days to happen. The Godly Play Experience is a chance to hear and wonder about a Godly Play story, to respond to that…

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January 2021

Godly Play Experience – Online

12th January 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Godly Play Scotland are pleased to be able to offer a Godly Play Experience on Tuesday 12th January 2021 from 10:30am.  This is the first step in our online Discovery Day series and there is no change for this event. These are for people who are wondering what Godly Play is, and can't wait for the in-person Discovery Days to happen. The Godly Play Experience is a chance to hear and wonder about a Godly Play story, to respond to…

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November 2021

Conference 2021 – Believing in Children

19th November 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 20th November 2021 @ 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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