Godly Play & Dementia

Godly Play is a well established form of Christian nurture, that was initially designed to create a safe space where children are accompanied in exploring their spirituality. However this method has been shown to be applicable in many adult settings, including church groups, prisons, mental health and elderly care settings. It is very effective in supporting the spiritual wellbeing of the elderly in care homes, day centres and end-of-life care settings.

There is a growing interest amongst churches in using Godly Play with older people and with those who live with dementia. Thanks to funding from the Church Burgesses and Sheffield Diocese, a Development worker for Godly Play in elderly and dementia care will be employed from early 2016 to support this ministry. Our objective is to establish a well trained and effective network of people offering mission and ministry, using Godly Play to elderly people and those with dementia across the diocese.

If you are interested in finding out more about Godly Play and how it can be used in elderly care settings please go to www.godlyplay.uk/ and www.godlyplay.uk/contexts/older-people/.  You can also arrange to observe a Godly Play session in a care setting as Sue Hurle has an established ministry in Sheffield.

If some financial support for your Godly Play ministry would be helpful then these grants are available...

  • Grants of up to £400 for Godly Play resources are available for churches who are developing, or wanting to develop, a Godly Play ministry. All are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to churches doing some work with schools or community outreach, which includes working with older people and those living with dementia.
  • Grants of £150 for individuals living in the Diocese of Sheffield to attend the accredited 3 day training.

Please get in touch with kathrynlord22@gmail.com if you would like to apply for a grant, would like to receive support from the Development worker or would like to find out more about Godly Play.

This project is being facilitated by Mutual Blessings.

Mutual Blessings is a Christian movement in the Diocese of Sheffield (though it is ecumenical) seeking to support spiritually enriching practices using the method and principles of Godly Play with people of all ages or needs, but especially those who may be on the edge of the church’s ministry. We promote spiritual nurturing through Godly Play of people in the following places: churches, schools, elderly and dementia care settings, fresh expressions of church and health care settings. We particularly want to support work with people who are marginalized, including those with disabilities.