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Paris, TN Godly Play Hybrid Core Training

The Godly Play Core Training is the recommended training for every adult leading Godly Play session (years 1-3 of practice), for administrators, and clergy. Over three 1.5-hour Zoom meetings and 2 days in person, participants experience all aspects of the Godly Play method and begin to become fluent in the Godly Play core stories and fundamental practices. Additionally, Godly Play’s guiding Theology of Childhood is introduced, so participants become more deeply connected to their work.


Core training follows an action/reflection model of learning with a mixture of trainer-led presentations and participant storytelling presentations. Core training play presentations cover: the Spirituality of the Child, Setting Up a Godly Play Environment, and Supporting the Circle of Children.



In addition to the retreat days, before core training begins, participants are required to read Teaching Godly Play by Jerome Berryman and answer questions on the reading guide found here: Core Training Assignment (google.com). This is required for certification.



First United Methodist Church, 101 E Blythe St, Paris, TN 38242



3 Zoom Sessions are required and will not be recorded:

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-8pm CST

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-8pm CST

No zoom meeting for Holy Week

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8pm CST


In Person Training

Saturday, April 6, 8:45am-5pm CST (lunch and snacks included)

Sunday, April 7, 12:30-5pm CST (lunch and snacks included)


A Discount is provided by TWK UMC for participants in this annual conference. Please select this item at check out if it applies to you.



Please direct questions to Cynthia Insko




First United Methodist Church
101 E Blythe St
Paris, TN 38242 United States
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