Godly Play Training

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.

  Two courses available in 2020: 17th-19th March 2020 & 3rd-5th November 2020. There are only 14 spaces on each course – so book early!

Course Details

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.

Please note that this is a training course to equip people as practitioners, and not a training course to enable you to train others in this method.

Course Leaders

Course trainers for 2020 will be uploaded as we are informed by Godly Play UK.

Our course leaders for 2019 included:

Peter Privett: I trained as a teacher in the halcyon days of the late 1960’s working in schools in Birmingham and the Industrial Midlands where creativity and child centered education ruled the day.  I was ordained in 1978 as an Anglican priest, working in UK parishes in Birmingham, and then as a Diocesan Education Adviser in rural Herefordshire. I’ve been a Godly Play Trainer since 2002.  Rebecca Nye and I originally looked after the UK. We did one training and thought that would be it, but people kept asking for more. Then people from other parts of the world asked us to train them, so we did. Other time is taken up with community art projects, painting scenery at our local community theatre, singing, sometimes acting and getting lost in gardening… my wife often wonders why it takes so long to sort out a compost heap!





Alison Summerskill: Alison is a former children’s nurse and health visitor.  From 2002-2018 she was children and families’ pastor and Reader at St Andrew’s Churchdown, where she set up a Godly Play room. Now retired, she volunteers with the Chaplaincy at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She is working with schools in Gloucestershire to explore how Godly Play can inform the delivery of RE and PHSE.  Alison enjoys travel and has visited places as disparate as Romania and Thailand with Godly Play in her suitcase.



Two courses are being run in 2020. 14 places are available on each course.

Spring: Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th March 2020.

Autumn: Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th November 2020.

Each course will start at 8.45 am Tuesday, with registration and welcome. The course concludes at 5.15pm on Thursday.

Additional accommodation can be provided on-site should you wish to arrive the night before. There is a separate charge for this additional b&b.


The cost of £445.00, includes en suite accommodation, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and evening meal on Tuesday, full board on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch Thursday.

A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival.

For booking contact:  shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk / 01246 584203

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