Worship Leader Training

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


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

Spring 2024 Course - Applications now been taken

The Spring 2024 course will be facilitated by Stephen Hardy, Sarah Emmanuel and Nigel Collins, with guest speakers.  Download an application form.

 Saturday 27 April 2024  Diocesan House Canterbury  10.00am-3.00pm  Introduction, Worship in the Bible and Worship Styles
 Thursday 9 May 2024  Zoom  7pm-9pm  Worship Down the Centuries and Leading Intercessions
 Thursday 16 May 2024  Zoom  7pm-9pm  Legal Requirements and Giving a Talk
 Thursday 23 May 2024  Zoom  7pm-9pm  Practicalities 
 Saturday 8 June 2024  Diocesan House, Canterbury  10.00am-3.00pm  Practical Session on Leading Worship
 Thursday 13 June 2024  Zoom  7pm-9pm  Creativity in Worship
 Thursday 20 June 2024  Zoom  7pm-9pm  Music in Worship
 Thursday 4 July 2024  Zoom  7pm-9pm  Silence in Worship
 Saturday 20 July 2024  Diocesan House, Canterbury  10.00am-1.00pm  Resources and What Next?

To register an interest in future Lay Worship Leading Courses contact Sarah Lucas




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