Hybrid! Playing in the Light: Godly Play®/Faith & Play™ Core Training for Quakers

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

Accessible Format & Scheduling 

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

Online: 2-4 sessions on Zoom (90 minutes to 2 hours in length)

In-person: example Saturday, 9am-5:30pm and Sunday, 1-4:30pm 

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

Cost: $150 for each participant

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.