Oh my goodness! I can't believe it's a month since I blogged!
Today there is worship at Acharacle and then at Ardnamurchan - and after that a few weeks of other preachers. There are able people around the congregations and it's those who are leading over the next three, or is it four, weeks.
Two parts to this little blog ...
One is that ministers and church leaders are very aware of the, currently, falling number of ministers and the difficulty that leads to in providing worship when the minister is away. Some of those standing in for me are a trained lay leaders and the elders. It's not easy to stand up and lead but, if regular worship is to continue in its current form, there simply must be people from the pews who are willing to be trained as lay leaders.
Thankfully, there are some who are willing to do this - and that brings me to my second point - training.
I'm involved in the Presbytery Education Group and we are working hard at providing a framework for training for worship leading. There will be individual aspects of worship that someone can become involved in and than there will be an overall training. This means that if someone is interested in helping with, eg, music there will be a small training pack to help with this, If they then want to be involved in prayers again there will be training pack - and so on until they are able to lead worship.
Who knows where this will lead! If you would like to know more about this please do send a message from the contact page.