Lay Worship Leadership

Foundation Course 2024



Are you interested in leading Unitarian services, need help with leading, or want to improve the quality of your worship leadership? The Foundation step is the beginning of the Lay Worship Leader’s Journey, a place of discovery, revealing your gifts and learning more about our Unitarian movement. 

Join our online Zoom course led by Unitarian Ministers and experienced lay people, via eight, 2-hour modules, and assessed services, covering the following topics: 

– Explore your own theology of worship
– Develop elements of a great service
– Create sermons and addresses
– Find relevant prayers, meditations and readings
– Search hymns, music and copyright
– Storytelling (including leading worship for children)
– Practice voice and communication techniques
– Review practicalities

The cost of the course is £100,  are encouraged to approach congregations and Districts to help with funding. If your congregation is affiliated to the North West Provincial Assembly, you will be entitled to a £50 subsidy.

To book your place, find out more or get help withfunding, please email: or send an enquiry via the Unitarian College website.


Our courses & events

Ministry Training

Unitarian College trains those accepted by the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches for Unitarian Ministry.

Junior Weekend March 2024

Calling on 7-11 year old Heroes to join us the 15th-17th March at The Nightingale Centre at Great Hucklow.


Worship studies course

Lay Worship Leadership Foundation Course

We are currently delivering an online course in conducting high quality Unitarian Worship.


"Unitarian College has opened up a path to Ministry that was previously unavailable for me."
Ministry student

"I feel incredibly supported and valued by Unitarian College."
Ministry student

"The courses are student-centred, thorough and intellectually and spiritually nourishing."
Ministry student

Photo of student Arek Malecki with Rev Jo James minister of Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds"The formation of the Unitarian College has opened up the possibility of ministry training to people like me, who otherwise would not have been able to study due to the confines of the modern life. As a modern institution UC is very much in touch with the reality. The training programme is tailor-made to fit each student’s individual circumstances. The content of the course is incredibly rich, covering a vast spectrum of topics, using various methods of teaching and student engagement. The ministry training programme perfectly balances being “down to earth” on one hand, and “looking up to the heavens” on the other, placing emphasis on the practical application of the acquired skills, knowledge and insights in the 21st century British Unitarian congregations. The staff went above and beyond to ensure that we still get the same rich learning experience under the restrictions posed by Covid.

But UC is much more than just an educational establishment. It’s a support network for those embarking on a journey of professional ministry. It’s a space where we, students, learn just as much from each other as we do from our tutors. It’s a space where new friendships are made and future professional relationships are formed."

Arek Malecki - Ministry student

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