A few months ago, April and another member from Wilpshire, took the Methodist Church’s Worship Leader Training Course (Worship Leaders in the Methodist Church grew out of a need for people who felt a call to help in the leading of worship, but didn’t have a call to preach). Earlier this week, the local preacher scheduled to take the service this morning at Wilpshire rang up our new worship leaders and said he wanted them to lead the service – all he would do was preach!
I find you don’t get a lot of local preachers willing to let go of the service to this extent. Many have been so trained in the school of ‘the preacher does everything’ that they have a hard time imagining what it looks like to share worship (I realise this is not true of all local preachers and ministers!). I must admit that while April and Helen were quite nervous, I was glad the local preacher chose to do it this way. No better way to get going than to dive right in! So, they planned the service around the them that the preacher chose. They were nervous not only because it was their first time, but none of us were sure how the church would react to ‘worship leaders’ – it’s a fairly traditional church.
April asked me to read over the prayers and the all-age sections the preacher asked them to do. And everything looked great. Now, the reviews are in, and people are saying how well it went. I even got an email from one church member to let me know how well April did! Most important, April says that it felt right. I am very proud of her. So, now I don’t have to feel guilty if I tell April, ‘All I am going to do is preach!’