Following on from the discussion at a recent Akl Ecumenical Lay Preachers gathering, the Diaconate of Church Technologists has published an online resource of online resources.
Following on from the discussion at a recent Akl Ecumenical Lay Preachers gathering, on storytelling in preaching, the Diaconate of Church Technologists has published an online resource of online preaching and worship resources.
It is hoped to grow the resource by incorporating comments and suggestions received by users, so click here to check it out and see what contributions you can make.
Would you like to include more Te Reo Māori in your worship? Rev Sharon Ross Ensor, Director of Presbyterian Church Schools in NZ has a free Te Reo Māori resource which could be of use to those leading worship.
Nau mai ki tēnei whare karakia o tātou. Welcome to this church of ours ………………….. Leader: Kia noho a Ihowā ki a koutou. The Lord be with you. All: A ki a koe ano hoki. And also with you. ……………………… Leader: Kia tau tonu te rangimārie o te Atua ki a koutou The peace of God rest on you continually. All: A ki a koe ano hoki. And also on you. ……………………… Leader: Kia noho a Ihowā ki a koutou. The Lord be with you. All: Mā Ihowā koe a manaaki The Lord bless you. ……………………….. WELCOME E te whānau a Te Karaiti Brothers and sisters in Christ ngā mihi aroha ki a tātou katoa. Warm greetings to you all Kia ora tatou.Hello to you all. …………………………
Rosalie writes: “I have been concerned for some time that with less ordained clergy along with many parishes less able to employ full-time ministers, a heavier load than ever is being put on lay people to lead worship, many having to do so without training or mentoring. To help with this situation I have written a book that rolled off the printing press last week. Lay Preaching Basics – a Practical Guide for Leading Worship covers the nuts and bolts basics of what a lay preacher needs to know concerning the Bible and preparing services along with sample services and prayer resources. It is a book that would be useful for every preaching place to have ready to hand as it addresses all manner of preaching emergencies as well as supplying Bible information useful to any study group. In my section on additional resources I promote Word & Worship and the NZLPA website.”
Chapter headings include:
1 — Help! The Preacher hasn’t arrived
2 — Introduction to the Gospels
3 — Essential Background Knowledge
4 — Making Reflections Memorable
5 — Making Services Meaningful
6 — How to organise a church service
7 — Lectionary and Liturgy
8 — How to prepare a reflection (sermon)
9 — Service sheets and PowerPoints
10 — The Preacher’s Satchel
11 — Children’s Time / Family Time
12 — Circle and Cafe style services
13 — Services for rest homes
14 — Devotions: Ideas to build on
15 — Complete Service Samples
16 — Sample ‘Family Time’ slots
17 — Sample Cafe Services
18 — Ideas for Devotions, Family Time and Less Formal Services
19 — Sample Prayers
20 — Theology Guides for the 21st Century
21 — Additional Worship Resources
The book is available in paperback format from the publisher, Philip Garside Publishing Ltd, and a Kindle edition is available at amazon.com.au. It is also available directly from the author, using the form below, which can also be downloaded here.
You are invited to attend an Auckland Synod Workshop on Saturday 21 April 2018.
Time: 9.30- 3.00pm
Venue: Takapuna Methodist Church
Andrew Gamman will lead a workshop entitled Alternative Options for Worship.
Our worship patterns are not engaging people as they once did. Andrew says, “Bearing in mind that this overlaps with my topic in November, I’ll present some different ideas and resources to help develop worship styles that are more visual and interactive.”
Please pass on this invitation to any Lay Preachers in the Auckland area.
I hope to see you there.
Phone: (09) 521 5360, or email
Committee member of The Auckland Lay Preachers gatherings
Correspondence Secretary of the NZLPA
Mark: The Illustrated Gospel is the work of more than 40 artists from around New Zealand and features a complete paraphrase of Mark’s Gospel. The resource is accompanied by artwork, poetry, music and liturgical resources and suggestions. Each Presbyterian and Uniting congregation is entitled to a free copy. Further copies are available for a cost. Order your congregation’s free copy (or additional copies) by emailing Malcolm @ the Knox Centre.