The course enables parishes across the Diocese to discern the gifts of lay people as local Lay Leaders of Worship (LLWs) and provides training for them, on completion of which, they receive a letter of permission from the Bishop recognising them as Lay Leaders of Worship in their church/benefice. They are then locally commissioned by the incumbent and prayed for by the church community.
Is this course for me?
If you are an active disciple in your church, and have a sense God is calling you into local leadership, we suggest a conversation with your vicar. They will help you in your discernment and thinking through your gifts and skills. If you have practical questions or concerns, please contact the Ministry Development Administrator.
It is a requirement for all LLWs to complete the online Safeguarding courses: Basic Awareness module and Foundations module. The Foundations certificate needs to be renewed every three years. The parish is responsible for ensuring that LLWs keep up to date with safeguarding requirements.
Parishes need to conduct a basic disclosure (DBS check) for those on the LLW course/commissioned as LLWs.
What does the course cover?
The Nature of Worship
This session explores the nature of worship by looking at some definitions and biblical passages, and considering the role of the worship leader as the one who facilitates others in worship.
Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship
This session looks at the structure of both Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship resources, and principles for how to use them.
Using Other Resources: Music and Intercessions
This session covers some criteria for choosing and using music in services, and the use of intercessions in services.
This session considers practicalities in preparing for leading worship, communication skills involved in leading worship, and follow up after services.
Making worship accessible for children, young people and families
But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs”. (Luke 18:16, see also Matt 19:14; Mark 10:14). We are called to enable youth, children and families to be able to come to Jesus. It is therefore important that our worship can be welcoming and accessible to any youth, children and families in our churches and to any who may attend. This session looks at practicalities in leading and enabling worship that is accessible to youth, children and families – both in explicitly All Age Worship and acts of worship more generally.
Leading Worship in Pioneering Contexts
The church is called to reach new people with God’s love. As well as doing this through our existing church communities, this also involves developing new worshipping communities. This can be through adapting a form of church like Messy Church, Youth Church, Café Church, Forest Church etc.; or it can be by engaging with the people and needs of the local community and shaping a worshipping community around them. This session considers important principles and practicalities involved in leading worship in any such pioneering context.
Course dates and booking info
If you would like to train as a Lay Leader of Worship, you will need to discuss this first with your incumbent. When you are ready to apply, both yourself and your incumbent will need to complete the online booking form (we also ask the PCC to approve the application, and the incumbent can include details of when this has, or will happen, within their part of the form):
Bookings for the Autumn 2023 course have now closed. For information, the dates for the course are:
- Thursday 28 September, 7pm – 9pm Online
- Saturday 14 October, 9am – 3.30pm in person, at the Diocesan Office in St Albans
- Thursday 2 November, 7pm – 9pm Online
- Thursday 23 November, 7pm – 9pm Online
Spring 2024 course – the course will be a mix on online and in person teaching and the dates for the course are:
- Thursday 1 February 2024, 7pm – 9pm Online
- Thursday 15 February 2024, 7pm – 9pm Online
- Saturday 2 March 2024, in person, in Bedford
- Thursday 14 March 2024, 7pm – 9pm Online
Book online here for the Spring 2024 course (bookings close on Monday 15 January 2024).
Summer 2024 course – the course will be a mix on online and in person teaching and the dates for the course are:
- Thursday 18 April 2024, 7pm – 9pm Online
- Thursday 2 May 2024, 7pm – 9pm Online
- Saturday 18 May 2024, in person, in Hitchin
- Thursday 6 June 2024, 7pm – 9pm Online
Bookings for the Summer 2024 course will open nearer the time – to register your interest please contact the Ministry Development Administrator.