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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Liturgy: Toolkit

The Liturgical Ministries Toolkit

This Toolkit is designed to assist us to review in a positive way how Sunday worship especially is celebrated in the parish and to consider how we might wish to enhance the experience of it in our community, or whether we might be able to share any good practice with others.

The starting point is the Liturgical Ministries Spreadsheet Tool which is designed to enable an initial assessment of how the parish is doing in relation to seven specific areas of liturgical practice. These areas cover the roles undertaken by; Sacristans, Welcomers, Servers, Leaders of Children’s Liturgy, Readers, Intercession Writers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. By answering these questions a simple overview of the Sunday Liturgy as it is currently practiced in the parish is created.

Download the Toolkit (pdf)

Download the Spreadsheet Tool (MS excel)


Liturgy: Courses and Events

Upcoming Events

Future events will be displayed here as they become available.


Upcoming Courses

Please note that all the following training courses must be applied for through your parish priest.


New Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

St. Anne and Holy Family, Sunderland – Wednesday's 6 and 13 November 2019 and Saturday 16 November 2019.

The Medway, Holy Rosary Parish, Billingham – Monday's 11 and 18 November 2019 and Saturday 30 November 2019

For further information, time of sessions and booking, please contact your parish priest.


New Lay Leaders of Celebrations in the absence of a Priest

Future courses will be displayed here as they become available.

For further information, time of sessions and booking, please contact your parish priest.

Please note that training courses for Lay Leaders and Extraordinary Ministers are run over multiple dates and attendance at all the sessions is necessary in order to be commissioned. If necessary, a participant can fill in corresponding sessions by attending another course venue elsewhere in the diocese, when they occur, to complete the series.


Lay Readers of the Word of God

Future courses will be displayed here as they become available.

For further information, time of sessions and booking, please contact your parish priest.


In Service Training for Sacristans and Liturgical Lay Leaders (“Marking the Books”)

Future events will be displayed here as they become available.

For further information, time of sessions and booking, please contact your parish priest.


New Sacristans

Future events will be displayed here as they become available.

For further information, time of sessions and booking, please contact your parish priest.


See also Children's Liturgy – details of Children's Liturgy Events

For details of Courses involving Music see Diocesan Church Music Courses