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 LLW training will be available in 2020. The programme will be run twice, once in the spring and autumn. One block will be x3 Saturdays and the other will be x6 Saturdays.
For current LLWS: Working 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.