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Lay Elders

Lay Elders share in the ministries of leading worship and pastoral care in their local congregation and community, under the authority of the Incumbent. They are chosen by the Incumbent and PCC and commissioned in their parish church by the Bishop or his representative.

Who may be an Elder?

Anyone who is baptised and confirmed, a regular communicant, in good standing in the local Church and community, and able to fulfil the tasks of an Elder, may be considered for this ministry. There is no lower or upper age limit.

Elders leaflet | PDF

The “Basics" course replaces the previous “Getting Started” module, and now has to be completed before commissioning.  It is a four-session course for groups which may be of interest to all, but which is necessary for all who are involved in, or considering, any kind of ministry, whether local (e.g. Lay Elder ministry) or national (e.g. Reader ministry or ordination).

Basics | PDF

"Enhancing Worship” replaces the previous “Leading Worship” module and needs to be completed as soon as possible after commissioning by those Elders who are/will be leading services (Liturgical Elders).

Enhancing Worship - Leaders' Book | PDF

The current Pastoral Care module will be replaced by an Enhancing Pastoral Ministry course.  Until the revision is made, please download Pastoral Care an eight-session course for groups.

Pastoral Care | PDF


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