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Occasional ​Preachers and Worship Leaders

Leading Worship

If you lead, or share in leading worship, are part of a planning team in your parish or work with others enabling them to lead or design worship the Leading Worship course might be for you.

Over 8 evening sessions you will learn about the biblical and theological meaning of worship and develop a growing awareness of some of the tools and resources available to help in planning and leading worship.  Running through all the sessions is a practical thread - developing skills and gifts and learning how to serve the congregations within which we minister; growing in confidence.

The next course runs weekly on Wednesday evenings from 20th September until 22 November 2017, (no sessions on 18th or 25th October) teaching is from 7.45 until 9.45pm.  The venue is St John's Church, Stoke Road, Guildford, GU1 1HB. 

All applicants must have the support of their vicar and PCC. To apply please complete the online form for individual applicants and ask your vicar to complete the form for incumbents.  Click on the links below.  The deadline for applications for the next course is 12 noon on Friday 25th August.

Leading Worship Training Application Form

This form is to be completed by the individual applicant
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Leading Worship Training Application Form (Incumbent)

This form is to be completed by the incumbent
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Occasional Preachers

Occasional Preachers are people who have undergone a course of preparation (​8 evenings or 3 Saturdays) and who have the Bishop's permission to preach up to 5 times a year in their own benefice under the guidance of the incumbent.


"Thank you for this hugely encouraging and helpful course.  I was extremely nervous on day one, but I now feel excited and ready to explore further the exciting challenge of actually speaking God’s word." Rosanna Cole, Churt

The ​next course will run over 8 Wednesday evenings from 17th January until 15th March (​no session on 14th February). The sessions will run from 7.45 until 10pm, at St John's Centre, 222 Epsom Road, Merrow, Guildford, GU4 7AA.

All applicants must have the support of their vicar and PCC.  To apply please complete the online form for individual applicants and ask your vicar to complete the form for incumbents.  Click on the links below.

Bishop's Paper

This paper gives a rationale for ministry and training and should be read before completing the Occasional Preacher Training Application Form.....
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Occasional Preacher Training Application Form (Incumbent)

This form is to be completed by the incumbent.....
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Occasional Preachers Course Application Form

This form is to be completed by the individual applicant.....
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Communion Assistants

Assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion is a ministry very much to be valued in each local setting. Over the last few years we have established a pattern of training for new Communion Assistants which has benefited from being thoroughly inclusive and practical.

For information about this training and other practical workshops ​go to Enriching Worship.

Louise Redfern-web-pic Louise Redfern

PA and Team Administrator

louise.redfern@cofeguildford.org.uk

01483 790320