Communion Assistants

Assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion is a ministry valued in most churches, so the provision of good training has been a priority in our diocese for some years. Participants often say how much they appreciate the thoroughly inclusive and practical approach. Communion Assistants can now be trained and authorised within their own parishes, but diocesan training sessions remain available from experienced trainers. These enable people from parishes of varying styles of worship to learn from each other using our training manual which benefits from drawing on the rich comprehensiveness of Anglican worship.

Training sessions in different locations around the diocese during 2019 wil be listed below when available.  Please go to any session which suits you regardless of where you live or worship.

The training manual is available for clergy to use in their own parishes if they prefer.  Click on the title below to download or contact if you would like hard copies, including large print versions.

Training Courses

Forthcoming Communion Assistant training sessions:

Sessions are run by and for specific parishes, but if they are advertised here, everyone is welcome to join: please book direct with the relevant Parish.  If you're running a session and are happy to open it to diocesan participants, please email with details.

​Saturday 9th November 2019, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm, St George's Church, Ashtead, KT21 2DA Please contact Jane Hiley if you plan to attend: / 01372 273095

Bible Reading

We all know how much good Bible readers can enhance worship. The Revd Alison Craven ( has professional experience and skills in effective voice production. She is ready to provide coaching sessions in parishes on an ad hoc basis.

Servers & Sacristans

Our cathedral virgers, and serving team, offer occasional Saturday morning workshops (according to demand)  to support new or existing servers and sacristans with suggestions of good practice, helpful hints, and further resources to consider.  If you would be interested in one of these workshops please contact

Speaking to be Heard

We all know how important it is to be able to hear clearly those who have a speaking role in church, and to be captivated by what we hear. It is not only about having good microphones and sound systems, but also about being aware of what makes public speaking different from speaking in conversation and how one or two tiny adjustments in our approach can make a difference to those who are listening.

If you are involved in reading the Bible, in leading the intercessions or are a worship leader, this session might be for you. Alison Craven, Vicar of Wyke, has professional experience and skills in effective voice production.

The session will include: basics on preparing for speaking in a service of worship, use of a microphone along with the general principles of good voice production. There will be time for individuals to read with feedback one-to-one.

We are offering this workshop on a 'one session per Deanery' basis. ​To book, please contact

Practical Workshops

A number of practical workshops with Tracey Wade of the Communities Engagement Team are available for those looking to enrich worship practices. More information, including the different sessions on offer.


We are hoping to offer some help in developing parish musical resources – singing, organs, etc.

Revd Rod Pierce
Enriching Worship Co-ordinator
Tel: 01483 505816

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