eD 18 Exploring the Role of Godly Play in the Church Primary School


Godly Play is an approach to telling Judaeo-Christian stories in a carefully scripted way using engaging story figures and a variety of creative activities and wondering questions as children seek to find their own answers to questions of faith, meaning and purpose.

This booklet seeks to explore how Godly Play as a methodology might be used in both school and church contexts. It provides practical suggestions as well as models for using Godly Play in both church and school.

Potential audience

Headteachers, RE coordinators, clergy, governors, Diocesan Education Officers

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Author: Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis works as Schools’ Adviser for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham supporting church schools with developing RE, collective worship and children’s spirituality. She has worked with schools and churches in exploring Godly Play. In 2010 she carried out research for an MA dissertation on the impact of Godly Play on children’s spiritual development.

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