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 programme is currently being revised and applications for the autumn programme will be open later in the summer.
The LLW Programme is managed by the The Revd Phil Bryson. You can contact Phil here.
Training Resources for Lay Leaders of Worship Courses (Pre 2019)
(All resources are available below in Word documents and must be submitted electronically and not scanned.)
Part 1: Course in Principles and Practicalities: Reflections for Participants :
Part 2: The Practical Elements
Guided Reflection on an Act of Worship (Complete one for each of two assignments)
Worship Leading Feedback form (Need at least one feedback form for each of the two assignments)
Part 3: Reading
Additional Documents for LLWs
An Order of Morning/Evening Prayer for use by Churchwardens and Lay Leaders of Worship