Occasional Offices

Church Support Hub is a National Church Institutions initiative and has a range of useful ideas and resources for the occasional offices in your parish, some of which you may purchase from the Church Print Hub and personalise for your church. It also offers space to share best practice and submit articles.
There’s also a link there to the Pastoral Service Diary. This is still under construction and, as I understand it, currently only covers weddings, but the rest should be available soon. It is a piece of web-based software that will digest the information – calendars, information for registers, anniversaries etc – that every parish needs to keep track of to run their occasional offices, and spit it out for you in bite size pieces.

Then they’ve created three websites for families and individuals approaching the Church, regarding Baptisms*, funerals and weddings. They include legal information, music recommendations, planning and so on.

Children’s worship

Resourcing worship with all ages is a document by The Revd Ally Barrett, a selection of resources available in print and online, though she notes that

networking locally and nationally (and indeed, internationally) with others who are interested in this area is the best way to keep up to date with what is available.

Godly Play is a reflective approach to Christian story-telling, included here because, like Messy Church, it has a liturgical structure of its own, with a ‘gathering’, ‘ministry of the word’ ‘response’ ‘feast’ and ‘sending out’.
At the godly play website you can find information on training, as well as resources for godly play, and a discussion forum.

Messy Church needs little introduction. Website has links to resources, networks and the latest themes available.

Dementia Resources

Some notes on Dementia and music

Literature and websites from Church House: Resources handout

Sarum college have collected some resources for worship and reflecting on worship in the context of cognitive decline:

Lectionary based resources

Roots and Sunday by Sunday are both subscription services with week by week materials for Sunday worship.
Similarly Oremus Hymnal provides hymn suggestion for the three year lectionary (without asking for a subscription).
The Text This Week provides an army of links to sermon and worship material, listed Sunday by Sunday for the liturgical year, but also has a facility to search by Bible reference.

The Church of England website contains pdfs of all the principal Common Worship texts, while the Daily Prayer feed gives morning and evening prayer, and compline, with everything included for your use.
The Labarum collection – provides ready to print service booklets.
Transforming Worship is an initiative launched by the Liturgical Commission to refresh, resource and promote liturgical worship.

The Sanctuary provides seasonal resources with a day-to-day feel to them. I’ve not fully explored this site yet, but it looks interesting.

Courses and training

The Royal School of Church Music exist to support church music. They provide training courses for choirs and other musicians, and assist parishes with the selection of new musicians/organists to lead worship. For the Rochester Area, contact: Alan Mitchell
Music in Worship Foundation provides high quality training events and resources to enable Christian musicians across denominations to go deeper and broader in their worship experience.
Praxis offers day and residential conferences around the country (with reduced fees for members); training resources; Praxis News of Worship (published four times a year and included in the membership fee); and a website.

Worship audit

There are a variety of Worship audit resources on diocesan websites, and people are welcome to contact me for advice and signposting.

Worship materials

The Rev Canon Neil Thompson, Canon Precentor in the Cathedral, has a wealth of liturgical experience, as well as a repertoire of contemporary hymns which you may use with appropriate acknowledgement of copyright.
Engage Worship  is an source of creative worship material.
Wellsprings is a collection of Catholic worship resources
Textweek also collated a modest collection of imaginative material.


I’d appreciate anything anyone has, here, since this is by far my weakest flank.

I have a page of Notes on unaccompanied singing  which has been put together by the director of the RSCM and lists settings and hymns which carry well on unaccompanied voices.
Music Academy is mostly a teaching resource for worship groups, but offers a blog, training days and other bits of wisdom.
In a similar mould is the Worship Central course, another initiative from Holy Trinity Brompton. On the webpage are videos introducing the course and leaders’ notes for the first session, to give you a taster.

Philip McGarvey has created a hymns-index

I’ve also found this setting for the Daily Office – giving settings for singing CW Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as compline and some pieces for Prayer During the Day. The same author has a page of assorted liturgical resources, mostly musical here.

Publishing Houses!

Always worth checking out what the print houses are producing:

Kevin MayhewSPCK and Church House Publishing being the obvious ones.


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