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Training

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 – Vancouver

Godly Play Core Training
Full Accreditation Program over 3 Saturdays

This 24 hours of training will equip leaders to lead and support a full Godly Play session; tell a story; and to begin a new or develop an existing Godly Play program.

Dates are Saturdays from 8:30 – 5:00:
September 30, 2017
October 14, 2017
November 25, 2017

Offered at Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver.

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Core Training – Toronto

Become an accredited Godly Play Storyteller and Doorkeeper

St George’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church, 4600 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke ON

Thursday 3:30- Saturday 4:00, October 19-21, 2017

There are lots of things you can learn from a lecture, but Godly Play must be learned from the inside out. This training will enable that to happen. You will 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 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 with Godly Play is helpful, but not absolutely necessary for this training. To get the most out of your experience, we recommend reading Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children, by Jerome W. Berryman before attending the training.

A Godly Play Canada Certificate of Accreditation will be awarded upon completion. You must attend the entire training to be accredited.

For more information about this event and to learn more about overnight accommodations, please contact Andrew Sheldon, registrar/coordinator by email: andrew@stgeorgesonthehill.ca or by phone: 416.239.2341, ext.103

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Commuter Core Training – Ontario

GODLY PLAY CORE TRAINING

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, MARCH 3, AND APRIL 21, 2018, FROM 9:00-5:00 P.M

ISLINGTON UNITED CHURCH, 25 BURNHAMTHORPE RD, ETOBICOKE

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.