“Come from Away, Come to Play!” 2019 North American Godly Play Conference

The eighth Godly Play Conference to be held in North America will be a time for everyone – from experienced trainers to curious newcomers – to deepen understanding of the art and practice of Godly Play in North America and around the world. The conference will be held June 20-22, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel, amid the extraordinary hospitality, rugged beauty and playful environment of St. John’s, Newfoundland – the easternmost city in Canada.

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Featured Speakers

ELAINE CHAMPAGNE – Dr. Elaine Champagne is an associate professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval (Québec, Canada), where she holds the Chair in Educational Leadership in Spiritual Theology and Spiritualities.

REBECCA NYE – Dr Rebecca Nye is a specialist in childhood spirituality. In her published works she has explored this theme in church, school, hospital and home contexts with pre-schoolers to teens. Applying her training in psychology to issues in Christian ministry, Rebecca spent eight years in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, where she introduced Godly Play to the UK.

PETER PRIVETT – The Reverend Peter Privett is a priest in the Church of England, currently part of the Family Ministry Team at St. Andrew’s Church in Rugby. He is a Godly Play practitioner and international trainer, as well as Chair of the Godly Play International Council (GPIC).

ANDREW SHELDON – The Reverend Canon Doctor Andrew Sheldon serves as the Godly Play Advocate for International Development.


Quidi Vidi Fishing Village
  • Godly Play Stories of God at Home
  • Godly Play and Ignatian Spirituality
  • Honouring Sacred Space
  • Deepening Response Time
  • Godly Play Large
  • The Godly Play Church
  • Playing and Praying
  • The Ethic of Blessing
  • Creating a Godly Play Guild
  • Godly Play in Clinical Settings
  • Importance of Gestures in Godly Play
  • Godly Play and the Montessori Tradition
  • The Theological Significance of Storytelling
  • Using Godly Play for Vacation Bible School
  • Come Play with Me: Play and Spirituality
  • Faithful Adaptations (a panel discussion of Gott im Spiel, Torah Godly Play, Faith and Play, and The Salvation Army)

More Information

Click here for the conference brochure.

Register here.

Watch this beautiful video, to get even more excited about storying and playing in gorgeous St. John’s!

St. John’s Shoreline