Lay Worship Leadership

Foundation Course 2024




Are you inspired to lead Unitarian services with your unique voice, need help with leading, or want to improve the quality of your worship leadership? 

Join our online Zoom course led by Unitarian Ministers and experienced lay people, via eight, 2-hour modules (19:00-21:15):

– Wed, 18th September: Explore your own theology of worship
– Wed, 25th September: Develop elements of a great service
– Wed, 2nd October: Create sermons and addresses
– Wed, 9th October: Find relevant prayers, meditations and readings
– Wed, 16th October: Search hymns, music and copyright
– Wed, 6th November: Storytelling (including leading worship for children)
– Wed, 13th November: Practice voice and communication techniques
– Wed, 20th November: Review practicalities

– Sat, 7th December: Final Assessment and next steps.

The cost of the course is £100,  and participants 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 with funding, please email:


Our courses & events

Ministry Training & Inquiry Session July 2024

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

On 31st July a  zoom meeting is being held to answer questions about the application process. 

Worship studies course

Lay Worship Leadership Foundation Course Sept 2024

Our 8-week online Lay Worship Leadership Foundation Course is being offered to those who would like to lead worship across the country with their unique voice .

Junior Weekend Oct 2024

A fun, residential, Unitarian experience for young people aged 7-11 years at The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow.


"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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