What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture that values process, openness and discovery. 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. More information on the Godly Play website.
Godly Play in Sheffield
There are several Godly Play rooms in Sheffield, for example at St. Stephen’s Netherthorpe, St. Mary’s Walkley and St. Mark’s Broomhill. Godly Play objects can be loaned from The Montgomery, Montgomery Hall, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LG. Contact Dawn Reynolds (Faith and Communities Manager) at The Montgomery for more information. The objects are free to members (annual fee of £20) or £5 per lesson to non members. Both members and non members pay a £10 refundable deposit. Lessons are available to borrow for a maximum of 2 weeks unless prior arrangements have been made.
For more information: Kathryn Lord (Sheffield based) is an accredited trainer for Godly Play UK and offers support and training to churches and schools. I can highly recommend her 3 day course (and the delicious lunch!) For more information please contact Kathryn or Dawn.
Resources at Church House, Rotherham
St Peter’s College Resource Centre at Church House, Rotherham, has a wide range of Godly Play resources available to members of the diocese to borrow free of charge.
Currently they have 32 Godly Play sets available to members of the Sheffield Diocese, including 10 parables sets, to borrow for a period of up to four weeks.
Their resources include:
The synagogue and the upper room
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
The Good Shepherd and World Communion
The Mystery of Pentecost
The Mystery of Easter
For more information please contact Stephanie Osman, the resource centre administrator, on 01709 309 105 between 10 and 1 Monday to Friday or Church House on 01709 309 100 outside of those times. You can also email Stephanie or visit the website. You can also follow the resource centre on Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date with any new additions, events or announcements.