Each year in July, the diocese holds a Celebration of Lay Ministries (formerly Celebration of Learning). At this special service, we celebrate all who complete Diocesan training courses. There is also the opportunity for all lay people to renew their commitment to their ministries. Those invited include those completing the Exploring Christianity, Exploring Spirituality, Exploring Worship, Exploring Pastoral Care courses, churchwarden’s training, treasurer’s training and other courses that may have occurred in the year. We also recognize all who have received commendation from the Bishop as Lay Pastoral Assistants, Lay Worship Assistants and Lay Chaplains. It is a time of celebration and joy but also re-dedication of ourselves to God’s service.
Friends, family, tutors, church members and clergy are also welcome to attend. The service provides an opportunity to bring along others to celebrate with you and to rededicate themselves. There will be displays of various courses and different ministries, that may interest you.
Celebration of Lay Ministries 2020
The celebration had to go on line in 2020, you can watch the service here:
All who complete the full course of Exploring Christianity, Exploring Spirituality, Exploring Worship, Exploring Pastoral Care, Churchwardens and Treasurer’s Training automatically get invited. All LWAs, LPAs and Lay Chaplains who have received the Bishop’s commendation also get invitations. Getting commended means completing the course and then undertaking safer recruitment, DBS check, PCC approval and completion of a Ministry Specification.
Past Celebration of Lay Ministries
In 2019 we held the Celebration in Taunton. It was wonderfully hosted by St Mary Magdalene who produced some delicious cakes. For the first time the course was widened to include churchwardens, treasurers, school governors and safeguarding training graduates. There were stalls showcasing a wide range of ministries and the church shop did good trade. Photos from the day are featured below. A Twitter Moment captures the reaction to the day.
In 2018, the Celebration was held in the Cathedral. We also had special displays and stalls in the Cloisters, tours of the cathedral and a labyrinth on the front lawn. This service was part of the Cathedral’s Sunday Evensong, and drinks and home-made cakes followed in the cloisters. The Bath and Wells Facebook page has many pictures of the day.