Fall Hybrid Training with Powell House Weekend

Online sessions October 2 & 16 are combined with an in-person weekend at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY for this Playing in the Light Godly Play/Faith & Play Training for Friends.  

 This powerful way of building spiritual community and being with children can transform your First Day program for children, strengthen intergenerational community, 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

Playing in the Light Hybrid Training Schedule:  

Please note: “hybrid” means all of these sessions, online AND in person, are the training. It is not a choice of online or in person. Questions? Reach out to the trainer: melinda@quakerfaithandplay.org

1. Reading/Reflection (Completed before first online session) — Asynchronous reading assignment will be excerpts in the Faith & Play Stories publication and additional PDFs provided by the trainer. 

2. Online Sessions: Sundays, 4-5:30 pm ET — October 2 & October 16 

3. In-person weekend hosted at Powell House October 28-30

  • Friday: Arrivals
  • Saturday, 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Optional: materials-making Sat. 7-9pm
  • Sunday, 9am-4pm

4. Final Session Online: Date TBD, 90 minutes 

Cost: Sliding scale cost for accommodations and meals, October 28-30. (There is no additional training fee) 

  • 2 nights (Friday/Saturday) $220—$260—$300
  • OR Saturday night only, $110—$130—$150
  • includes online sessions before and after the weekend 

REGISTER here on the POWELL HOUSE website

Flyer to print and share! 

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 Director of Programs for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.