Worship is at the heart of Christian life. Through worship we, the body of Christ in our particular place, meet to offer praise and prayer to God; to share our trials and sorrows; to be assured of forgiveness and to remind ourselves that God is the mighty, loving creator of the universe and that we are God's chosen people.
Worship is core to the life of our churches and fresh expressions and takes many different forms. Traditional services follow a particular shape and include certain elements. To understand a bit about why we worship the way we do, and the recent changes in patterns of worship, you can read an article by Archdeacon Paul Thomas here.
An Ad Clerum on Lay Ministry (January 2018) from Bishop Michael included a section on local worship leaders and occasional preachers which can be read here.
The Diocesan guidelines on worship leading and preaching are available here.
Resources for Leading Worship
The Shape of Worship - a session on the shape and style of Christian worship is available here.
Proclaiming the Scriptures - a session on reading the Bible in Church is available here.
Praying in Public - a session in preparing and leading intercessions is available here.
A guide to leading and preparing intercessions from Fosse Deanery in the Diocese of Coventry can be found here.
A guide to preparing and leading intercessions from St Andrew's Anglican Church, Pau (France) can be found here.
A further guide to leading intercessions provided by Help for Christians is here.
A comprehensive handbook for training Worship Leaders produced by the Diocesan Worship and Liturgy Group of Glasgow and Galloway is available here.
Resources for Bible Study
DIY Advent Bible Study is available here
Text 4 Today - An 8 session Bible Study series is available here.
Resources for using Technology in Worship
A tutorial on how to prepare a powerpoint presentation for worship is available here.