Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders

The Eastern Synod Lay Preaching Advocate is Liz Bird   -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The role is being one of helping Lay Preachers as they take on more responsibilities following Deployment, and encouraging other church members to consider training in leading worship and following the TLS training course.

Lay Preaching Matters: Guidelines

List of Sections

Introduction and Overview
An Overview
Accreditation. Recognition. Commissioning  
Assessments. Attachments
Books for use in training and refreshing
Criminal Records Disclosure's
Ecumenical Matters
ExLay Presidency at the Sacraments
Mentoring and Supporting
Providing worship checklist [see appendix]
Pulpit supply secretaries
Record keeping
Team Ministry
Training: TLS, TLSLite
Useful contact details [see appendix]
Weekday Worship
Working with Partnerships

Providing Worship Checklist + Changing Patterns and Widening Visions
Useful Contact Details

Download: Lay Preaching Matters: Guidelines

Download: Guidelines on Conduct Behaviour and Training for Lay Preachers  

Stepwise: For All of Life

Stepwise: for all of life - Introduction

stepwise-2018Stepwise, is the United Reformed Church’s intergenerational discipleship programme. From here you can read our leaflet to get an overview of what’s involved, and watch an introductory video.

Eastern Synod were due to launch the Stepwise programme at March Synod Meeting. Unfortunately the meeting was cancelled due to the Coronavirus shutdown, and this will be postponed, therefore until the October Synod Meeting. Some established Stepwise groups are continuing using online technology, but this would be a difficult programme to initiate under these circumstances.

Pilot sessions of Stepwise became available in September 2018, providing participants with a combination of learning opportunities through: a local group, one-to-one sessions with a mentor, project-based activities, and online materials.The programme is offered on a modular basis across five streams. The first, Faith-filled Life, is recommended as the starting point for everyone who signs up, whatever their background, and will take about three months to complete, each stream contains stepping stones or modules. The streams are being designed ecumenically where possible, to include new and existing resources. The five streams are: Find out more about the five streams here

Faith-filled life - Faith-fuelled leadership - Faith-filled confidence - Faith-filled community 
Faith-filled worship

Stepwise is a programme of learning and discipleship development for everyone – including you! – whether you are exploring and enriching your personal faith life, discerning where God’s call on your life may be leading, preparing for a new direction, or developing a specific role within your community or church.

Each stream will include optional assignments for participants who are taking the programme for recognition purposes by their congregation, Synod or the URC General Assembly. An internal validation system is currently being developed, with the intention that credit can be accumulated across the streams. It is for people of all ages and backgrounds. Stepwise is an integral part of Walking the Way , the United Reformed Church’s focus on whole-life discipleship and mission. 

How Does Stepwise Work?

Stepwise works by combining different kinds of activities. In order to complete any Stepwise stream you will do all of the following:

  • Be a member of a local Stepwise group;
  • follow guided material online via the Stepwise Hub; as well as
  • have meetings with a Stepwise mentor.

Faith-filled Life, the opening Stepwise stream, will take you about three months to complete. The other streams contain more material and may take up to 12 months each.   View:  How Does Stepwise Work  for more information.

TLS LITE Training Learning & Serving

TLS-liteTLS LITE Training for Learning and Serving

Training for Learning and Serving (TLS) is made available by the United Reformed Church to enable people to enrich and develop their walk with God. It is not so much a programme more an experience which encourages people to explore personal discipleship in church and community contexts and to combine theory with practice.

Who is it for? TLS is for:

  • Those who feel they have much learning and those who feel they have little.
  • Those who want to explore their faith just out of personal interest and those who are looking to widen their opportunities to serve God in the future.
  • Those who are interested in exploring calls to accredited ministries in the United Reformed Church and those who simply want to be more effective in their current spheres of ministry.

How does it work? There are:

  • Units to study at home.
  • Occasions to meet and talk with people on similar journeys under the guidance of tutor-facilitators.
  • Opportunities to apply what you are learning in local contexts.
  • For those who wish, assignments to deepen understanding in specific areas.

Study days concentrate on practical work and discussion. Please speak to your Area Lay Preaching Commissioner for the availability of course in your area.         Website: TLS LITE       More about - TLS LITE Training 

Lay Preachers Resources

Ideas and Resources to share for more reflective times of Worship

Bitesize Worship Training 

In the spring of 2020 the Mission and Training Team were due to lead a series of sessions across the Synod on the on topic of Worship. Instead we are offering a series of mini presentations. If you would like the scripts for any of the sessions please contact Lindsey. View the links to the two YouTube videos on the Eastern Synod YouTube Channel.

Downlaod: Prayer Ideas

Mission Tools

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Vision Initiatives

Find out more about:  Walking the Way Vision4Life Vision2020 and Fresh Expressions

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The Purpose and Mission of the Synod; the Synod Meeting; our Area Partnerships; each of our Committees and the calendar of meeting dates.

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