Category Archives: worship

Pentecost 2018

We are really looking forward to all that God has for us as Winchester Diocese in 2018, and a big part of that is our commitment to pray and be expectant over Pentecost. We have had a great time over the past couple of years engaging with Novena (nine days of prayer leading up to Pentecost) and the service at Winchester Cathedral. We have had hundreds of prayer sessions happening across the diocese and have been amazed and encouraged by our collective call and engagement in prayer.

In 2018 we want to step it up a gear in terms of prayer and mission, and have several ways for you to get involved.

Novena – We want to pray!! We want every parish praying, and we want to engage teenagers and children in prayer too. For ideas on how to engage your churches and young people in this you can visit this website – Prayer Resources

Saturday 19th May

There is a royal wedding, FA cup final and our event on the green. More information on this day will be out soon.


Lent 2018

This year we are excited to announce new Lent Resources for both Adults, Inter-Generational Church and Young People. These resources are available free from: (Adults)  (Youth)  (Inter-Generational)

Prayer Spaces Events

We are looking forward to running a number of Prayer Spaces training events over the coming months.

These are aimed at those looking to start a Prayer Space for the first time in their local school, or have new team member(s) who would value hearing more about the ministry of Prayer Spaces. We are pleased to have Ian Hayes-Anderson joining us at these event, and his knowledge as a trainer and practioner in this area will be great to be part of whatever event you come to.

So whatever event you come to you will find resources, and an opportunity to get involved and be inspired to offer this to your  local school, or church group.

Saturday 3rd March 2018, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND – 10.00am – 3.00pm

Thursday 22nd March 2018, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND – 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 10th March 2018, Prayer Spaces Training, St Peter’s Church, Boyatt Wood, 10.00 – 3.00pm

Please contact Andy Saunders for more information / booking on, or call him on 07703 186693

New Youth Leader Appointment

Welcome to Lauren Cheshire and her lovely family to the Parish of St. Faith, Winchester. It was great to be there seeing the Church family welcome you at the Hospital of St Cross Church this morning. The Diocese celebrates with every new Youth Leader appointment as we invest in reaching out to young people. Pray for Lauren and their family as they settle in and carry on the incredible work going on in the Parish.


Thy Kingdom Come – Pentecost 2016

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited Christians across the country to pray for mission and evangelism in the nine days leading up to Pentecost Sunday (15th May).

This time of prayer will culminate in six ‘Beacon Events’ around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Church by the Holy Spirit and greater confidence to share the Gospel.


One of the national Beacon Events will take place at Winchester Cathedral.

There is an unashamed focus amongst this on ‘younger people’. So Youth and Children’s Leaders, you are key!

We’d love to see all the youth leaders, young people, children’s leaders and children across the diocese linked into this event and the prayer around it. And here are two ways you can do just that:


Gather – Pentecost Beacon Event, 15th May, 7-9pm

On 15th May, 7-9pm, we will be gathering from across the diocese for a prayer concert in Winchester Cathedral. It will be led by Bishop David, and will feature sung worship with Matt Redman and prayer led by Carla Harding from 24-7 Prayer.


Why not bring a group of young people from your parish or Deanery?

To register for free tickets please click here. (Tickets are going fast – so book quickly with your group!)


Prayer – Deanery Prayer Initiatives

24/7 prayer events will be taking place in every deanery in the nine days leading up to Pentecost. The Curates across the Diocese will be taking the lead on these events, along with the Area Deans.


Hopefully they will be getting in touch to let you know how you and the young people and children you work with can link in. If not – why not get in contact with your Area Dean and see what’s going on and how you can get involved!


Want to know more?

Head to the Thy Kingdom Come Website, or watch this video of Bishop David.


LST Youth & Worship Intensive

‘We grow authentic disciples’ – Strategic Priority 1, Winchester Diocese

Youth and Worship


Intensive course at London School of Theology

27-29th January 2016

We are very pleased to be welcoming two guest speakers for special evening events during the intensive. You can join us just for these evenings (free admission), or sign up for the whole 3 day intensive course to get the full experience!

Marcella Antunes will be speaking on developing a young worship team on 27th Jan. She leads the Youth Worship team Hillsong Guildford and loves seeing the next generation passionately serve God with their creative talents.

Amy Tolmie will be sharing from her experience engaging young people with contemplative spirituality and reflection, primarily in school contexts. She works for Youthscape, as project manager for schoolsworkUK.


Passionate about young people and worship?

Excited about releasing teenagers to lead?

Wanting to go deeper in your understanding and practice?

This is the course for you!

Led by: Sam Hargreaves (LST,

Join LST Music & Worship students as we explore together the creativity, challenges and rich potential of inviting young people to worship God. Be inspired to encourage them in leading worship themselves, in diverse forms of music and prayer.

The course blends theory and biblical input with lots of practical discussions, usable examples, and opportunities to try things out together.

Case studies from prominent youth worship movements (such as Soul Survivor, Alternative Worship, Hillsongs, Prayer Spaces in Schools) help ground different approaches in reality, and LST faculty are joined by key worship facilitators from across the UK, sharing insights and leading us in worship.  In addition there are optional trips to prominent London youth services.

Feedback from last year:

“I haven’t stopped talking about it to friends, colleagues and volunteers since I got back. What I have learnt from the course has definitely enriched my thinking and will influence the way I do and advise on youth ministry.”

“The first ever Youth & Worship intensive weekend was a joy to be a part of!  There was a great mix of LST students and additional guests from all over the country – different church backgrounds and experiences, and this created great discussions.  Beth Croft came and led us in worship on the Friday evening, and then spoke from the heart about the importance of raising up the next generation of worship leaders.  She advocated a costly mentoring where we ‘share life’ with the young people we are trying to release, and we ended in prayer and commissioning.

“The rest of the weekend covered some deep theory, which was cashed out in practical discussions and examples.  As case studies we looked at Soul Survivor and Alternative Worship, and students were placed in groups to begin planning example services.”

Ideal for:

  • Youth workers (paid, interns and volunteer)
    Worship leaders
    People considering further study in youth ministry

Topics include:

  • Music and young people
  • Generation Y/Z
  • Multi-sensory and interactive worship
  • Youth and adult church
  • Contemplative spirituality in youth ministry
  • Stages of faith development
  • Outward-looking worship
  • Developing young worship leaders

Teaching and learning

Pre-reading will be sent to all students prior to the intensive as PDFs, to help you ground your learning in current material.  Classes will mix up-front teaching with discussions, examples, and opportunities to work in groups.  If you wish to take the written assessment then you can pay a small extra fee for it to be marked.

Main lecturer:

Sam Hargreaves was until recently Programme Leader for the LST Theology and Worship course and has taught Youth and Worship for the past six years.  He also runs with his wife Sara, and they have extensive experience leading training for youth groups and churches, creating innovative resources and leading worship at events like Youthwork Summit, New Wine youth venues, Spring Harvest and Greenbelt.  They write a monthly column in Youthwork magazine, and have authored a book, a DVD resource and a series of creative journals.  He has an MA in Contemporary Worship from Kings’ College.


Weds 27th Jan

1.30-5.30pm: Session 1-4
6.00-7.00pm: Dinner
7.30-9.15pm: Special guest, sessions 5-6

Thurs 28th Jan

9.30am-12.20pm: Sessions 7-9
12.25-1.15pm: Lunch
2.00-5.00pm: Sessions 10-12
6.00-7.00pm: Dinner
7.30-9.15pm: Special guest, sessions13-14

Fri 29th Jan

9.30am-12.20pm: Sessions 15-17
12.25-1.15pm:  Lunch
2.00-5.00pm: Sessions 18-20

(Sessions 21-24 are trips to youth services which are essential for those taking the assessment – dates TBC).


(includes dinner on Wednesday, lunch and dinner on Thursday, and lunch on Friday)

Without assessment £245

With assessment and certification from LST £485

With credit bearing within an LST programme £685

Extra meal bookings optional, and some accommodation available: call Ms Ruwani Gunawardene for details or to book places.

Call: 01923 456220, or email:

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Connected – children’s group materials

Elaine Webster

Elaine Webster has experience as a youth and children’s worker of many years standing, and she’s written a curriculum for churches to use on Sunday or mid-week for discipleship with children and teens.

Connected will help children and young people develop hearts that are connected to God, each other and the community around them. They will explore who God is, their identity in Him and develop a relationship with a living God who loves and treasures them. Connected covers what it means to be powerful and free, how to develop two way conversation with God, healing, compassion, generosity, risk and much more.

What’s included?

There are 14 flexible sessions in every term, designed to be delivered straight off the page. There are teaching notes to help you and your teams develop new skills and letters for parents so they can continue faith development at home. It includes an all age worship sessions for every term and social ideas so that your young people have the opportunity to grow in community and build relationships.

Once you sign up for a term or a year, you’ll also have access to an online feedback centre so you can let Elaine and others know how you get on with a particular session. They also want to know what God did in your session, what you learned or adapted so that they can share that blessing with future users.

Click here to access sample packs.