Training & Support

Midland Unitarian Association of Lay Preachers & Service Leaders
Founded 1897

Our aim is to provide support and training to lay people leading services in the Midland Unitarian Association.

Most of our congregations continue to rely on lay members and visiting worship leaders for their regular acts of worship, and members of this Association continue to make a vital contribution to this. During 2015, our members led over 180 services.

How to Join

If you wish to become a member of the Association, please contact:

Rev. Sue Woolley
5, Martins Road
Piddington
Northampton
NN7 2DN
Tel: 01604 870746

2020 Training Courses

Conducting Rites of Passage: Foundation Step

Lay worship leaders are often asked to “do” christenings / namings / baptisms, weddings and funerals. And it can be a daunting prospect, without any training. Let the Midland Unitarian Association of Lay Preachers and Service Leaders show you the way.

We are offering a four-part course, leading to a GA-recognised qualification – the Rites of Passage Foundation Step.

Session 1: Christenings / Baptisms / Namings:
8th February led by Rev. Sue Woolley, District Minister, MUA

Session 2: Weddings:
7th March led by Rev. Martin Whitell, District Minister, LDPA

Session 3: Funerals
18th April led by Rev. Ant Howe, Minister at Kingswood & Ministry Tutor of Unitarian College

Session 4: Putting it all into practice:
16th May led by Rev. Sue Woolley, District Minister, MUA

Where: Kingswood Meeting House, Worcs. B47 5DQ
Dates: Saturdays 8th February, 7th March, 18th April and 16th May 2020
Times: 10.00 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. (coffee/tea from 9.30 a.m.)
Total Cost: £55.00 (£16.00 in advance; £13.00 for each session)

To register, please download the Conducting Rites of Passage: Foundation Step registration form.

Ideas for Running a Thriving Congregation

The Midland Association of Lay Preachers and Service Leaders is offering an exciting training day, led by:

  • Diane Rutter, Lay Assistant at Kingswood
  • Laura Dobson, Lay Person in Charge at Chorlton
  • Rev Andy Phillips, minister of Sheffield Upper Chapel, but formerly lay leader at Belper

Each of the speakers will be sharing their experiences of lay leadership, and how they helped / are helping their congregations to thrive. There will also be opportunities for you to share initiatives which have helped your own congregation.

Come along and be inspired!

Where: Unitarian New Meeting Church, Ryland Street, Birmingham B16 8BL
Date: Saturday 14th March 2020
Times: 10.00 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. (coffee/tea from 9.30 a.m.)
Cost: FREE to MUA participants: £10 to others

Refreshments will be provided during the day, but please bring your own lunch.

To register, please download the Ideas for Running a Thriving Congregation registration form.

Worship Resources for Unitarians

A marvellous list of links to websites compiled by Angela Maher of Unitarian New Meeting Church, Birmingham:

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