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Ministries Committee

All are called… some are called to…


This resource has been written by some of the students and a member of the teaching staff of Westminster College

Vocations Sunday is normally marked on the 4th Sunday of Easter.  In 2017 this is 7 May.
There are plenty of worship resources available on the internet provided by other denominations.
We have chosen a quote from the United Reformed Church’s Basis of Union: 'All are called… some are called to' as our theme, to give our material a distinctively URC feel. It acknowledges that we are all called to serve God in the world and recognises that there are a variety of different ministries. At the same time, some people may also be called to specific ministries within the Church: as Ministers of Word and Sacraments, as Church Related Community Workers and as Elders.

We hope that it is helpful to you as you plan worship for Vocations Sunday.

Stephen Ansa-Addo, Jacob Bali, Helen Garton, Tessa Henry-Robinson, Julie Kirby, Alison Smith and The Revd Dr Yak-Hwee Tan


  • Acts 2:42-47
  • Psalm 23
  • 1 Peter 2:19-25
  • John 10:1-10

The Materials

Bible Notes
Sermon Ideas
About Sheep
Prayers, Call to Worship and Blessing
All-age talks / Symbolic actions  (includes suggestion for using the Wordsearch)
Hymn Suggestions

Links to other worship resources

This resource has been prepared by students of Northern College, Manchester.

Vocations Sunday is normally marked on the 4th Sunday of Easter. In 2018 this is 22 April.
The materials include different suggestions for all-age worship (either the first portion of a service, or a full service) – including a powerpoint and an all-age version of Psalm 23, suggestions for café-style worship including images, calls to worship, opening and closing responses and a selection of prayers, 'Respoken' Psalm 23, hymn suggestions and sermon notes.
The main links are to documents in pdf format.  Word versions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Lee Battle, Paul Duncan, Helen Everard, Sarah Fitton, Ceri Gardner, John Grundy and Jonnie Hill


  • Psalm 23
  • John 10:11-18

The Materials

All-age worship

Psalm 23
Close to God's Heart
Cafe-style & cafe-style resources

Prayers and responses

Opening and closing responses
Call to worship and opening prayers

Psalm 23 'Respoken'
A new hymn for Vocations Sunday
Hymn suggestions
Sermon notes
Images – weblinks

Word documents

All-age worship – Psalm 23
All-age worship – close to God's heart
All-age worship – cafe style
All-age worship – cafe style resources
All-age worship – powerpoint
Call to worship and opening prayers
Opening and closing responses
Psalm 23 'Respoken'
Sermon notes
A new hymn
Hymn suggestions
Image – weblinks

Local Recognition

In many churches lay people who do not have Assembly Accreditation lead public worship and preach to the great benefit of the churches. It is the responsibility of Synods to determine how these people should be recognised.

Normally such local recognition would be given only after someone had been commended by their own church, had undertaken some training, but of a less demanding nature than the full TLS course, and had conducted one or more assessed services. Often they will have worked with an experienced accredited or recognised lay preacher or a minister, sharing with them in leading worship.

This local recognition may not be recognised by other denominations.

All those who lead public worship, whether only in their own church or in other churches as well, are encouraged to find opportunities to develop their skills and understanding, to meet with other lay preachers to share ideas and to gain and give mutual support.

Welcome to all who lead worship

You will find here information and resources about leading worship, becoming a Lay preacher, opportunities for developing gifts and skills, courses available as well as links to other relevant websites.

The Assembly Advocate for Leadership in Worship is a member of the Ministries Committee and works closely with the Synod Lay Preaching Commissioners (or their equivalent) to support and encourage all members of the URC involved in leading worship.

The Education & Learning Committee is pleased to offer grants to Assembly Accredited Lay Preachers to support them in further training. Please discuss with your synod lay training officer, and you may download an Application Form.

Upcoming events and courses

There is a selection of the events being offered in the next few months. You will find details if you use the links to colleges above.



Assembly Accreditation

Accreditation is a significant mark of recognition for a lay preacher for their work in the wider church. It is a substantial and worthwhile goal for which those who are new to leading worship and preaching may aim.

Assembly Accreditation is given to those leading worship and preaching in URC churches who are members of the URC and who have undertaken an approved practical and theoretical training including experience of leading public worship. They will have been commended by their own church and by their Synod and approved by the United Reformed Church’s Accreditation sub-committee. 

Those who have equivalent training in another denomination but who are members of the URC or of an LEP which includes the URC may also be considered for Assembly Accreditation.

This accreditation will be affirmed at a Commissioning service, normally at the lay preacher’s own church, and acknowledged by the Synod. This accreditation is also recognised by other denominations.

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