The best way to learn about Godly Play is “from the inside out,” by attending a workshop or training led by an accredited Trainer.

There are several learning options:

Taster or Demonstration – Usually a two- to four-hour session with stories and an introduction to the underlying principles and basics to get started.

Introductory – A daylong event (sometimes including the evening before) with a story from each Godly Play genre (Sacred, Parable, Liturgical), underlying principles, basics to get started, and a hands-on opportunity to work with the materials and learn a story.

Core Training – An intense three-day course in which participants learn and tell a story for supportive feedback and evaluation. Core Training includes three plenary sessions: The Environment, The Spirituality of the Child, and The Community of Children.

Make and Play Days – Usually a daylong event that involves creating materials for a story and practicing storytelling.

Going Further – Two-day sessions for experienced Godly Play leaders who want to deepen their skills and understanding or experience stories from the Enrichment Volumes.

Commuter Core Training – Ontario




Godly Play connects the stories of God’s people with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. The goal of Godly Play is to show how to be open to the Holy Spirit, the Creator and the Redeemer, all at once and all the time in every place.

Hosted by Islington United Church and Co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, this series of Godly Play Commuter trainings is designed to allow you to experience and tell Godly play stories and learn how to set up and manage a Godly Play space and session.

You will deepen your understanding of the spirituality of children.  You will achieve a greater clarity about the foundations of Godly Play, and leave spiritually refreshed. All learning will take place in a prayerful atmosphere of give and take with accredited and experienced Godly Play trainers.

Prior experience is helpful but not necessary.  We do recommend reading Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children, by Jerome W. Berryman.  A Godly Play Certificate of Accreditation will be awarded upon completion.

The training takes place over three Saturdays (February 3, March 3 and April 21) from 9:00-5:00 p.m. at Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke. Lunch and refreshments are included. Fee $325 +HST. Deadline for registrations is January 19, 2018.

Amy Crawford and Maya Landell bring deep experience with Godly Play to the training they will offer.

Amy Crawford is accredited as a teacher and trainer of Godly Play.  She has been using Godly Play in church settings for 20 years.  Amy lives in Toronto and works as the Leader of the Communities in Mission Team at the General Council Office of The United Church of Canada.

Maya Landell is the Minister at Islington United Church and has been using Godly Play for the past 15 years.  She has found it to be a transformative spiritual practice for herself and her communities of faith.


Core Training – Alberta

24 hours Over 3 Saturdays

February 3, March 3, April 21, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

$125 per session or $350 for all three! Leadership provided by accredited Godly Play Trainers

Godly Play is a creative and discovery based approach to faith formation and spiritual development.
It encourages people of all ages to make meaning and connect with God through Biblical story, wondering, creative response and community.
Come join the circle! Can’t make all 3 sessions? Missed sessions can be made up within 2 years for full accreditation.

Contact Ruth Lumax for more information (780) 352 2157
Or email – First United Church, Wetaskiwin

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