Worship Studies Course:

This modular course is provided under the auspices of the GA's Local Leadership Strategy Group and is managed by the Worship Studies Group. There are three steps:

Foundation Step: this prepares students to conduct worship for their own, or neighbouring congregations or fellowships. Courses are run locally and nationally. As well as attending the course, students are required to deliver two services, which must be assessed by a recognised Lay Worship Leader / Lay Preacher / Lay Leader / Lay Pastor / Minister.

Intermediate Step: this introduces students to the four modules of study: Biblical Studies, Unitarian Theology and Thought, Unitarian History, and World Religions and Worship, each of which has its own tutor. Students are required to produce one service for each module, and to deliver two of the services which must be assessed as above. It is delivered entirely by distance learning.

Advanced Step: this requires further and deeper study of the four modules. Students are required to produce six services for each module, and to deliver six of the 24 services, which must be assessed as above. It is also delivered entirely by distance learning.

Successful completion leads to recognition as a qualified Lay Preacher / Lay Worship Leader and addition to the Lay Preacher & Worship Leader Roll of the General Assembly.

A prospectus and application form may be obtained from the Course Administrator:

Miss Winnie Gordon,
e-mail:  

National Worship Studies Course Foundation Step

Three Foundation Step courses are taking place around the country during 2013:

London: Essex Church, 112, Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London W8 4RT.
Contact: Jane Blackall: rebelrebel@clara.co.uk.
N.B. This course has already started; future dates are: 13th July, 21st September, 30th November.


Bolton Bank Street: Bank Street Chapel (Unitarian), Bank Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 1TS.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Ann Peart: ann.peart3@virginmedia.com
Dates: 25th May, 8th June, 29th June, 13th July.


Yorkshire: St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York YO1 8NQ
Contact: Rev. Margaret Kirk: m1_kirk@yahoo.co.uk
Dates: 18th May, 20th July, 28th September, 23rd November