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 run over 3 Saturdays: 11th May and 8th & 22nd June 2019. The sessions will run from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm.  Venue: St George's Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2DA.

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.

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.

The next course runs weekly on Wednesday evenings from 19th September until 21st November 2018 (no session on 24th October); teaching is from 7.45 until 9.45pm. The venue is St John's Church, Stoke Road, Guildford, GU1 1HB. 

We normally run this course annually in the autumn; to register an interest in the next course, 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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