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.
We are excited to announce that our 3rd Godly Play Conference will take place on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November 2021. This time we’re online, but we're still playing. We’re welcoming Dr Robyn Boeré as our guest speaker. Robyn is Associate Lecturer in Christian Ethics at the University of St Andrews. It would be lovely to be together, but we know that social distancing may still be necessary and that we’ll need to wear face masks … so online…Find out more »
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…Find out more »