Play Church

You can now read the full story of Play Church here. This illustrated history follows our unique project from initial inspiration to final launch and beyond, on its pilgrimage around the Diocese.

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Play Church was hosted by Old St Paul’s, where children particularly enjoyed engaging with the baptism resources.

Jeanine Bezuijen from Old St Paul’s writes: “The Sunday School and Crèche have been exploring the Play Church materials we have had on loan from the diocese. The children have enjoyed looking at the communion set, baptising their baby dolls, and dressing up as priests and servers. We even had a visit from the bishop! The Play Church is now moving on to a different church but we are hoping to acquire some of the materials for our own use. The Play Church has provided a great opportunity for the children to learn about the liturgy and sacraments through interactive play.”

What is Play Church?

Edinburgh Diocese’s portable Play Church is the only one of its kind in the UK: you can read the full story of how it was made here. Play Church also features in this short film produced by Christian Education Association Scotland.

Where can I find Play Church?

Play Church is on a constant pilgrimage around the Diocese. It spends time with three host churches a year, sharing in their celebrations of the Church’s seasons, feasts and festivals. The three hosting periods are:

Lent, Easter, Eastertide and Pentecost

Trinity and Ordinary Time, Creationtide and Harvest

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas

2021 hosts

Play Church is currently ‘resting’ until Covid-19 restrictions are eased. There is a waiting list, so if your church is interested in hosting, please get in touch with Claire Benton-Evans youthandchildren@dioceseofedinburgh.org Return visits will also be considered!