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

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, which adversely affect the usual Cliff College experience, this course has sadly been cancelled. We are planning to launch a number of online short courses before Christmas 2020, and a package of short courses at Cliff in the spring and summer of 2021. Keep an eye on this web page for when this course will be rescheduled, and on both the website and our social media to find out about what we’ll be offering online.

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.

The dates for these courses are yet to be confirmed - please contact the short course administrator for more details.

Each course will start at 8:45am Tuesday, with registration and welcome. The course concludes at 5:15pm on Thursday.

The cost, in the region 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.

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 £75.00 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival.

To register for this course, email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk, or call Pete Anderson on 01246 584203.