LWA resources

Here you will find recommended worship resources and aids, designed for Lay Worship Assistants and others leading worship in the diocese.

Becoming a Lay Worship Assistant

In the 'Downloads' section on this page are application forms and useful documents.  Please see our 'How to Become an LWA' page for information on the process. 

Children’s worship

See the diocesan ‘Go team’ Children’s and Youth Ministry’s training page

Church of England resources

Intercessions and prayer stations

Leading worship

  • Praxis offers resources and training for leading worship. There is a Southwest branch for local training.
  • Visual Liturgy Live is a computer based liturgy planning software, pricey but if you are constantly creating your own service sheets it may save you a lot of time.

Lectionary based resources

  • Roots , a Methodist-hosted site with weekly resources to enrich worship and learning with your whole church community

Music, hymns, psalms and songs

Help with how to choose hymns:

Instead of missing out the psalm or hymn, because you have no choir, why not play a modern version? The following sources might help.

  • YouTube – you can find most hymns on YouTube.
  • Gnu-Tube – songs and psalms from Christchurch, Clifton, Bristol (Berj Topalian).
  • David Ogden – Psalm Songs from Clifton Cathedral, Bristol is an old but good CD. Explore his web page and search in You Tube or purchase a CD.
  • Sons of Korah for a more contemporary version of the psalms.

If printing hymn or song lyrics, you will need a licence and you will need to put the licence number on the sheet and send an annual return. The following cover many licences.

  • CCLI (Christian Copyright Licencing International) OUP, Thankyou Music, Stainer & Bell, many Anglican hymns
  • OneLicense – Taize and hymns not covered by CCLI especially modern Catholic songs

Personal prayer – maintaining your own prayer life

Schools work

Reflecting on scripture in the sermon slot

The following resources are Diocesan approved for use in the reflection slot. You should confirm your use with your incumbent or designated contact.

Different styles of service

Worldwide Anglican Resources


Do let people know about LWA ministry and refer them to the the Lay Worship Assistants Ministry page for more details.

Further reading

  • Bibliography of relevant books and resources is available in the downloads section below
  • Davies, J. ‘The Role of Poetry in Worship‘ Anvil (2000), academic but interesting

Diocesan resources

The Diocesan leaflets and Guidance for LWAs are available on the How to become an LWA page and the training course is Exploring Worship. You can find some of the handouts from the course available to download at the bottom of this page and a sample LWA commissioning.

Please suggest further links or resources you have found useful to Charmain Gilmour, Ministry Training Team Administrator, so that she can add them to the LWA Hub. Please, also, notify her of any broken links that you find.

Who to contact

Charmain Gilmour, Training and Ministry Administrator


Application forms and adjoining documents

New Lay Worship Assistant Application Form

Renewing Lay Worship Assistant Application Form

Assessed Worship Service Form

Confidential Declaration Form and Privacy Notice

Data Privacy Preference Form

LWA Reference Request

Sample Ministry Specification

Other useful documents

Bibliography and resources

Choosing Hymns from Exploring Worship

Creating your own Rhythm of Life

Creeds and Affirmations of Faith (permissible)

Leading Intercessions from Exploring Worship

Lectio Divina for Church Services

Reflecting on the Word

Sample Commissioning Service

Understanding the Church's Year

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