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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:

Outline of the Sessions of the Course

Session 1 – 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.

Session 2 – 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.

Session 3 – Anglican Worship: Its Diversity and Seasonal Cycle
This session looks at the diversity of worship styles expressed within the Church of England; and also examines the shape of the church year and considers how services can reflect the different seasons.

Session 4 – 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.

Session 5 – Leading worship
This session considers practicalities in preparing for leading worship, communication skills involved in leading worship, and follow up after services.

Session 6 – Workshops
This session provides the opportunity to attend one of a series of workshops related to the specific areas of worship leading practice indicated on the application forms.


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 the next course are now open– closing date Monday 20th January 2020. Please fill in Form A and Form B.

Course Dates

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: Other upcoming courses are:

Hertford Archdeaconry – x6 Weekday Evenings
Dates: 22.04.20, 06.05.20, 20.05.20, 10.06.20, 24.06.20, 08.07.20
Time: 19:15 – 21:15
Location: Christchurch, New Rd, Ware SG12 7BS

St Albans Archdeaconry – x3 Saturdays
Dates: 26.09.20, 17.10.20, 14.11.20
Time: 09:00 – 13:00
Location: St John, 5 St Johns Rd, Harpenden AL5 1DJ

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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