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New ALM Worship Leaders across Dudley

Published: 12th April 2024

Bishop Martin surrounded by the new worship leaders11 people from parishes across the Greater Dudley Deanery have been presented with certificates to mark the completion of their course to become Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs) as Worship Leaders.

They were given their certificates by Bishop Martin in a special service at St Michael’s Church in Brierley Hill, which was planned and led by the candidates themselves.

During the service, two of those becoming ALMs interviewed Bishop Martin, implementing one of the suggestions from the course on different ways to use the sermon slot. Bishop Martin was asked questions reflecting on the readings during the service as well as on the general theme of Easter with the interviewers touching on subjects from the Life of Brian to whether the Bishop ever experiences fears and doubts and where he prays!Bishop Martin being interviewed by two ALMs at the front of church

The ALM Worship Leaders course was completed across eight sessions starting last October. Candidates came from churches across the deanery with a variety of different traditions. They were led in their discussions by the Revd David Hoskin, Revd Sarah Roberts-Malpass and Licensed Lay Minister, Melissa Rose.

Jenny Houghton from Christ Church in Quarry Bank said: “It was a very interesting course and really good to chat together about faith as we learnt how services of worship were put together. I’ll be using what I’ve learnt as I lead our Café Church multigenerational, discussion-based service and am looking forward to working alongside the rest of the ministry team, particularly with children’s worship and developing a youth congregation.”

Ian Lovejoy from St Thomas’ Church in Stourbridge said: “It was an extremely good course and very useful. As a result I’m hoping to get more involved in my church, but I’m not yet sure what that will look like.”

Bishop Martin speaking with the ALMs ahead of presenting them with their certificatesHelen Moren from St Mary’s Church in Kingswinford said: “The course was really good, thought-provoking and well led. We were given plenty of opportunities to develop our own thoughts and beliefs. As Churchwarden I’ve had to step in and lead services from time to time when the leader has been unwell, so I put myself forward for this course following encouragement from other ALMs. I’m leading my first service later this month and am looking forward to being part of the team and going onto the rota to lead Morning Prayer more regularly. I am also one of the leaders of our Mainly Music toddler group.”

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Authorised Lay Minister, there is more information on this page: www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/alm/

Page last updated: Friday 12th April 2024 12:05 PM

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