Children & Youth Ministries

Godly Play

 Godly Play is a Montessori based approach to spiritual formation that involves storytelling, prayer, art, silence and liturgy which serve as an introduction to the life of faith, the rhythm of worship and religious language. Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world. 

Grants and Bursaries

Parish Development Grants are available for those looking to develop Godly Play in their parish. More information on these grants and how to apply is now available in our resources section

Bursaries are also available for those attending Godly Play training. More information on how to apply for a bursary is now available in our bursary section.

How to Get Started

In order to help parishes understand what is involved in starting a Godly Play program, we have put together an overview of the process of starting Godly Play in a parish. This guide includes the costs involved for different sized parishes and types of programs, lists of all the necessary materials and the most affordable ways to source them as well as helpful advice for what to invest in first.

'How to Build a Godly Play Program'

For parishes who are assembling their materials, the following catalogues, with pictures of materials may be helpful in this process. Each one follows one volume of The Complete Guide to Godly Play and they were put together by The Rev. Eileen Nurse at St George, Fort Langley.

Vol. 2 Catalogue

Vol. 3 Catalogue

Vol. 4 Catalogue

Vol. 6 Catalogue

Training

Godly Play training is one of the most important parts of building a sustainable Godly Play program. Training is available to become a Godly Play leader at various times throughout the year. For more information on registration for this training, please contact Caitlin Reilley Beck.

For more information on Godly Play, please visit the program’s website: Godly Play or Godly Play Canada.

Godly Play Enrichment

This is a monthly gathering for those using Godly Play for spiritual formation in their parish or interested in developing their own skills in Godly Play. Sessions are 2 hours on a Tuesday evening and each one focuses on a particular aspect of Godly Play. The group is led by Caitlin Reilley Beck with the support of Godly Play Canada trainers and others with Godly Play experience. For more information, contact Caitlin.

Parishes Using Godly Play

Below is a list of the parishes of the diocese who use Godly Play for spiritual formation. Click on any of them for more information on their ministry with children, and contact information.

Christ Church Cathedral

St Agnes, North Vancouver

St Barnabas, New Westminster

St Brigid, A ministry of Christ Church Cathedral

St Catherine, Port Coquitlam

St Clement, Lynn Valley

St George, Fort Langley

St George, Maple Ridge

St Helen, West Point Grey

St James, Vancouver

St Mary, Kerrisdale

St Philip, Dunbar

St John, Shaughnessy