Godly Play

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Godly Play is a way to worship with all ages in an environment where God is not just learned about but is experienced too.

Its goal is to teach children the art of using religious language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. Godly Play uses symbols and objects as well as words and values, process, openess and discovery.

Developed by American Jerome Berryman over the last 30 years, he describes it more as spiritual direction rather than religious education.

Godly Play can be used in a variety of settings with a variety of ages – churches, schools, hospitals, prisons, care homes for the elderly.

A Godly Play workshop is available from Margaret McDermott, Godly Play Teacher.

More information about Godly Play can be found in our Diocesan Booklet below:

Godly Play Booklet


Children and Youth

Godly Play Sets

Godly Play sets are available to loan from two locations:

The ARK in St James' House


The Parish Hall, Copperas Lane , Haigh, Wigan WN2 1PA - Times  by arrangement contact Pat Fisher 01942 831 328 or Sandra Cockram on 01942 831 629.