Preaching Workshop for Lay Ministers (AWAs, Readers, ordinands) (11th November 2017)


St Matthew's Church, Thorpe Hamlet
10.30 am - 3.30 pm
(arrivals from 10.15 am)

We shall consider together the purposes of a homily and how to engage a congregation with a variety of approaches and preaching styles.

The day is primarily for lay ministers with limited expereince of preaching (newer Readers, AWAs and ordinands who are gaining preaching expereince), who are seeking to develop their experience and skills provided. The day shall consider:

  • The liturgical role and theological purpose of the 'sermon' slot 
  • The role(s) of the preacher
  • The role of the congregation
  • Reading and addressing the congregation
  • Different styles of 'sermon'
  • The use of the Bible

More practically, we shall explore how we:

  • Prepare, drawing on scripture, Christian Tradition, reason and your own expereince
  • Focus on the needs of the church congregation and wider parish community
  • Engaging head, heart and spirit

Within the day, there will be workshps with a vocal tutor, Beverly Jordan of Blank Canvas Productions Ltd. Bev is a LAMDA tutor and provides LAMDA examination classes / tuition in Norwich. She is also CELTA qualified and offer English Language Tuition (ESOL) and Public Speaking Tuition in Norwich. 

Those who are attending are invited to bring a short piece to read (of about no more than 2 minutes). Ideally this might be from a sermon you have preached but printed as a copy with double spacings that you can write in.

The places for this day are limited to 16 people only, to allow for tuition in small groups of no more than four people. However, if this is training is full, or is something that you would have liked to be a part of, but are either unable to make this date, please let Paul Overend or Liz Dawes know, as we imagine this will run again if places for this day are booked.

Refreshments will be provided on welcome and be available during the day, but please bring your own packed lunch.


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