Mutual Blessings is a ministry of The Vine that has an ecumenical focus. It has existed for some time to offer spiritually-enriching practices, using the principles of Godly Play, to people of all ages or needs, especially those who may be on the edge of the church’s ministry.
For information about Godly Play please go to www.godlyplay.uk
Mutual Blessings is Sheffield-based and includes the Doncaster and Goole areas. We have had three areas of focus:
- Supporting schools, with the help of their local churches, in using Godly Play in R.E. but also in shaping the philosophy and pedagogy of encounter and wondering.
- Supporting churches to re-shape their ministry to become more spiritually enriching through Godly Play, by providing churches with advice and consultancy. We have also been fortunate to offer grant funding, from time to time, to financially support those developing a Godly Play ministry (see below).
- Developing the use of Godly Play in Care settings for older people.
This work has developed into Stories for the Soul which has its own website at www.storiesforthesoul.org.
To find out more about us you can read our Vision, Mission, Values & Ethos.
Funding for Godly Play in the Sheffield Area
Mutual Blessings has been given generous donations from the Church of England Diocese of Sheffield, the Sheffield Church Burgesses, and the Methodist Sheffield District. This means we can give financial support to those developing a Godly Play ministry.
The money must be used within the Diocese of Sheffield (which is South Yorkshire and the area around Goole) or the Sheffield Methodist District (which includes Retford and the Peak) but it is available for all denominations. https://www.churchofengland.org/about/dioceses
Please get in touch if you are unsure if your area qualifies for a grant.
Training grants of £150: are available towards the accredited Godly Play 3-day training.
Download an application form here: Mutual Blessings Grant application for Godly Play Training
Resources Grants of up to £200: are being distributed to churches for Godly Play resources who are developing, or wanting to develop, a Godly Play ministry. The grant must be match-funded by the church and at least one person must have attended the accredited 3-day training.
Download an application form here: Mutual Blessings Grant application for Godly Play Resources
Further support: Godly Play trainers, Kathryn Lord and Kate Cornwell are available to provide support to churches seeking to develop their Godly Play work.
Accredited training in Godly Play: Find out more
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