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Guide to public worship

Ordered services that run smoothly will help worshippers to meet with God, enjoy his presence and stand in awe and wonder of his love and faithfulness. Here you’ll find resources that will help.


A key document which draws together the diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines in respect of public worship can be downloaded here. It includes guidelines for many of the Life Events services too, including Confirmations when the Bishop will be visiting. 

Download the Guide


Watch this webinar, first broadcast in March 2023 by the Mission Enabler Team, which offers practical suggestions for leading Church services in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Tailored diocesan resources

Children and families

The Diocesan Education Team has produced some nationally-acclaimed collective worship resources for schools, but they can be adapted for any worship context where children and families are present. Grouped by seasonal and other themes, there is plenty to choose from throughout the year. 


See the Eco-worship page for lots of ideas and resources to inspire care for the environment through worship. 

National Resources

These are just a small selection of the vast resources for gathered worship that are available online. (If you’d like to share any good ones you have found, please contact the Communications team who can add them here for you.)

Church of England worship texts and resources

Royal Society of Church Music

Roots on the Web

All Age Worship Resources

College of Preachers

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