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Godly Play training


Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It can be used in a variety of settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, and care homes for the elderly. Over the three-day training course, you will develop your practice and understanding of the art of Godly Play.

Godly Play training Cliff College

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.

The spirituality of the child (and the adult) and the ways in which Godly Play is a form of spiritual guidance are explored throughout the course. The training (minimum of 25 hours over three days) 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.

I so enjoyed this course. It extended my knowledge of Godly Play & inspired me to create more opportunities to use it e.g. with adults, as alternative to worship, as part of after-school craft sessions, setting up a Godly Play classroom in a small rural church. I’d thoroughly recommend the course.

Sue H, course participant

Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 November 2022. The course commences at 8:45am on Tuesday and concludes at 5:15pm on Thursday. Bookings are open - book here.

The cost of this course is £420.00 and includes all teaching materials, tutorial support and meals and refreshments through the course.

Accommodation and breakfast at Cliff College for the duration of the course costs an additional £45; this can be booked separately following your confirmed course booking. Additional nights can be booked at an extra payment for those travelling a distance in readiness for the Tuesday start.

A non-refundable deposit of £84.00 secures your place and is payable either by card or by BACS when booking. The balance of fees should be paid up to two weeks before arrival.

This course will run again in spring 2023 - please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk for details.

If you have any questions about the booking process, please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk.