Worship Leader Training

Image of people worshipping in front of a sign that says 'Jesus'Lay Worship Leading Course

29 April - 1 July 2023


To equip lay people to prepare and lead:

  • a non-eucharistic Sunday service in church from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)/Common Worship (CW)
  • a Service of the Word from CW/New patterns of Worship (NPoW)
  • an informal act of worship including Celtic, Taize etc

It is hoped that participants will feel confident enough to be invited by their priest and PCC to lead worship regularly.  The course will not lead to any specific diocesan recognition and can be used to train new lay worship leaders or as a refresher for those with some experience.

The course will cover:

  • Shape of Church of England liturgy (historical background)
  • Permitted forms of liturgy/service
  • Familiarisation with Book of Common Prayer, Common Worship, New Patterns for Worship and other resources
  • Practical aspects of leading worship such as:
    • Delivery
    • Creating an order of service
    • Intercessory prayer
  • Music, creativity and silence within worship
  • Preparing and giving a talk

Course outline:

The course tutors will be Revd Stephen Hardy, Mr Nigel Collins and Mrs Sarah Emanuel.

Saturday 29 April Diocesan House, Canterbury 10am-3pm
  • Course Introduction and Overview
  • Potted History of Anglican Worship
  • Worship in the Bible
  • Introduction to Worship Styles
Tuesday 2 May Online via Zoom 7pm-9pm
  • Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer
Tuesday 9 May
  • Resources PT1 
    • New Patterns of Worship
    • Other service Books and Resources
Tuesday 16 May
  • Introducing Some Practicalities
  • Tasks for Practical Session (10 June)
Saturday 10 June Diocesan House, Canterbury 10am-3pm
  • Practical Session
    • Acts of Worship
    • Talks
Tuesday 13 June Online via Zoom 7pm-9pm
  • Creativity in Worship (guest presenter)
Tuesday 20 June
  • Silence in Worship (guest presenter)
Tuesday 27 June
  • Music in Worship (guest presenter)
Saturday 1 July Diocesan House, Canterbury 10am-3pm
  • Resources Pt2
  • Questions and Answers

To apply for a place complete the application form (application form download) deadline for applications is 12 April 2023






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