Godly Play

What is Godly Play?


“In most religious education children are told who God is.
In Godly Play children discover who God is.”

Godly Play is a story telling technique based on Montessori principles. A typical session will include a time to get ready, then tell a story using objects and artefacts, explore the story more with open questions and discussion and respond with a free choice using a variety of materials.


Here at Diocesan House we hold a number of resources to equip those using Godly Play in their schools and parishes. See below for the list of books and the (growing) list of Godly Play Boxes. If we don’t have something which you would really like to use, then do get in touch with us! To borrow anything, email Sarah.

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Jerome W. Berryman, The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volumes 1-8

Godly Play Boxes:

The Circle of the Church Year (Vol2)
The Holy Family (Vol2)
Creation (Vol2)
The Flood and Ark (Vol2)
The Ten Best Ways (Vol2)
Parable of the Good Samaritan (Vol3)
Parable of the Great Pearl (Vol3)
Parable of the Sower (Vol3)
Parable of the Mustard Seed (Vol3)
The Holy Family (Vol4)
The Mystery of Pentecost (Vol4)

Useful online resources:

Godly Play UK
St Michael’s Workshop (who manufacture Godly Play materials)
Short Video introducing Godly Play


Godly Play runs 3 day training courses, please do get in contact if you are interested in attending one of these and we can offer to help with financing. We also regularly run training and network events at deanery and diocesan levels. See below for details of any that are coming up…

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