Godly Play

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 this website.

Godly Play in Sheffield

There are several Godly Play rooms in Sheffield – for example at St. Stephen’s Netherthorpe, St. Mary’s Walkley & 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 - dawn@themontgomery.org.uk

They are free to members (pay an annual fee of £20), £5 / 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 kathrynlord22@gmail.com

Or contact Dawn Reynolds (Faith and Communities Manager) at The Montgomery - dawn@themontgomery.org.uk

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 we 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.

Our 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

We will soon be welcoming Noah and his Ark which we are looking forward to!

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 @SPCResource or Facebook @StPetersCollegeResourceCentre to keep up to date with any new additions, events or announcements.