Occasional ​Preachers ​& Worship Leaders

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 be held on 8 Tuesday evenings in Autumn 2019, namely: September 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, and November 5th, 12th & 19th.  The sessions will run from 7.45 until 9.45 pm.  The venue will be Churchgate House Centre, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, KT11 3DJ.

All applicants must have the support of their Incumbent and PCC. To apply, please complete the online form for individual applicants and ask your Incumbent to complete the form showing their support for your application.

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.  Please only submit an application form if you would like to be put on a 'reserves' list.  If you would like to be contacted when a future course is being planned, please email

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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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 9 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.

In the past, we have normally run this course annually in the Autumn, however there are currently NO DATES PLANNED.  To register an interest in a future course (should there be one), please email


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.

For more information, please click here Leaders of Worship more information (pdf)

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.

More information about this training and other practical workshops.

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PA and Team Administrator

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