Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It can be used in a variety of settings churches, schools, hospitals, care homes for the elderly. Godly Play is based on long established, tried and tested approaches. Godly Play uses symbols and objects as well as words. Godly Play values process, openness and discovery. Godly Play encourages people to make meaning for themselves. It invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience. Godly Play is a non-coercive way to encourage children to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith, through wondering questions and open-ended response time. It is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites. 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.
Over 3 days (minimum 25 hours training) you will develop your practice and understanding of the art of Godly Play. The spirituality of the child (and the adult) and the ways in which Godly Play is a form of spiritual guidance is explored throughout the course. The training follows an action/reflection model of learning. There is a mixture of trainer-led presentations in each genre, and participant storytelling presentations, covering more than 15 stories. We work in a model Godly Play environment, with the opportunity to see a comprehensive set of resources. Each day explores one of the primary religious genres of Godly Play: sacred stories, parables and liturgical lessons.
Workshops in the core module also cover:
• Setting up a Godly Play Environment
• The Theology of Childhood
• Your particular concerns and questions.
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…. churches, schools, people with mental health problems, hospitals, care homes for the elderly and adult small groups.
The course will be led by Kathryn Lord and Rachel Bainton who are accredited members of the College of Trainers of Godly Play UK.
Kathryn Lord: Kathryn is a national trainer for Godly Play UK and has helped establish ‘Mutual Blessings’ – a Sheffield Christian movement which seeks to support spiritually enriching practices using the method and principles of Godly Play with people of all ages or needs, but especially those who may be on the edge of the church’s ministry. She is particularly involved in the development of Godly Play in schools and amongst older people in care settings. Kathryn is the children’s work co-ordinator at The Vine Church, Netherthorpe in an inner city area of Sheffield. The church has a Godly Play room and uses Godly Play in many different contexts. Before her involvement with Godly Play, Kathryn was a Science teacher and is convinced that Godly Play can help us to see what education should really be all about.
Rachel Bainton: Rachel in based in the Newcastle diocese at the parish of St. Mary, Monkseaton, and first encountered Godly Play almost 15 years ago. Since then she uses Godly Play regularly in church, and takes it out into other churches and schools in the diocese. The church now has a fully equipped Godly Play room, and local schools are invited to visit the church to enjoy full sessions. She trained as a Godly Play Trainer in 2008, and has been involved in planning and leading training throughout the country since then. She is skilled at supporting and training others in the art of this Christian nurture, and welcomes the opportunity to offer help and support for all those involved in Godly Play in the North East and beyond. Having trained as a Mechanical Engineer, and worked in industry for over 20 years, Rachel is now exploring self-employment as a maker and seller of crafts, including decorated eggs and wooden spoons.
Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th November 2017. The course will start at 8.45 am Tuesday, with registration and welcome. The course concludes at 5.15pm on Thursday.
The cost of £395.00, includes en suite accommodation, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and evening meal on Tuesday, full board on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch Thursday and access to all teaching materials.
A non refundable deposit of £50 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival.
For booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01246 584203