Playing in the Light: Godly Play®/Faith & Play™ Core Training (Hybrid) for Quakers Fall 2021

This powerful way of being with children can transform your First Day program for children, and nurture your own spiritual life. Learn and practice skills to help children explore the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and core stories from the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. Discussions include:

  • Exploring the spirituality of children
  • Considering the “unspoken” lessons of the teaching space and classroom structure
  • Supporting the circle of children and working with multiage groups and diverse needs; using stories in multigenerational settings
  • Weaving Godly Play/Faith & Play stories into a children’s program


Attendance at all sessions — online & in-person — is required!

Online: Four Thursday Evening Sessions 7–8:30pm (Eastern Time USA) on Zoom, September 23, October 7 & 21, and November 11

In-person: Saturday, October 30 (9am-5:30pm), Sunday, October 31 (1-4:30pm), at Centre Friends Meeting (north of Wilmington, DE)

Cost: $150 for each participant


Completed before September 23.

Asynchronous reading assignment will be excerpts in the Faith & Play Stories. Publication and additional PDFs provided by the trainer.

Registered folks will also be invited to a private, closed Facebook group for the training participants. This additional online space will serve as a forum for sharing, questions, and discussion between sessions, and recorded material will be posted here as well.

Trainer: Melinda Wenner Bradley is a Godly Play US Trainer and the Director of Communications and Training for Faith & Play Stories, Inc. Melinda is co-author and editor of “Faith & Play: Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play Method” (QuakerPress), stories on Quaker faith and practice. Since 2010, she has led more than forty core trainings for Quaker meetings and schools, and shared Godly Play and Faith & Play stories in children’s religious education programs, multigenerational worship, school classrooms, teacher workshops, international gatherings of Friends in England, Kenya, and Peru. Her ministry among Friends weaves together interests in children’s spiritual lives, program development, and support for families and teachers in faith communities and schools, and she currently serves as the Youth Religious Life Coordinator for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.