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Lay Leaders of Worship (LLWs)              LayLeadersof Worship

Worship is at the heart of our Christian discipleship and witness, yet some churches across the Diocese do not hold a service every Sunday because they do not have licensed ministers to lead. In some churches circumstances require that services are held at different times each week. In other churches worship is led by lay people who feel ill-equipped or have little training.

This diocesan Scheme, which was piloted in Autumn 2014, is designed to address these concerns and to help make it possible for public worship to take place in every church every Sunday. It enables parishes across the Diocese to discern the gifts of lay people as local Lay Leaders of Worship (LLWs) and provides agreed 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 parish church. The commissioning is formally marked by the incumbent in one of the regular services in the benefice.


In order to receive the letter of permission from the bishop to enable your commissioning, those who successfully complete this course will also be required to complete the online Safeguarding courses C0 and C1 and to email their certificate through to We also recommend that parishes considered a basic disclosure for those on this course.  Information on basic disclosures can be found here:


There is no course fee to take part in this training but your time and willingness to be involved in the mission of God.

Applications for 2020 are now open. Please fill in Form A and Form B.

LLW course will run 3 times a year, which will be once in each Archdeaconry. Each course will either be x3 Saturdays or x6 evenings.

2020: Bedford Archdeaconry – x6 Weekday Evenings

Dates: 27.01.20, 03.02.20, 24.02.20, 02.03.20, 23.03.20, 30.03.20

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: St Peter & St Paul, Church Rd, Flitwick, Bedford MK45 1AE

2020: St Albans and Hertford Archdeaconry TBC

For current LLWS: Ministry Agreement Forms and Review Forms for those commissioned as LLWs will be made available here in due course, for internal benefice use.  Please do not use any old forms.

The LLW Programme is managed by The Revd Phil Bryson. You can contact Phil here.

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