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This course is open to all lay members of the Church – from people simply looking to learn more about the Christian faith to individuals exploring the possibility of formal lay ministry. 

The multi-media course has been designed to be very flexible and is accessible via the online platform - Moodle. Participants are encouraged to join a local group, but for those for whom that is not possible there will be online options. They can also choose their level of engagement – applicants can opt to use the course as a free study guide but, for a small fee, can also register, submit work for assessment and be awarded a Bishop’s Certificate in recognition of their achievements.

Diocesan Director of Lay Discipleship, Dr Clare Amos, who has been coordinating the development of the course can’t wait to get started.

‘I am so excited about the course,’ she says. ‘There’s already been so much interest in it from around the diocese. I find it encouraging that the idea for the course came from the grass roots – this is not a “top down” project. In putting this together, we have been responding to a desire from within our chaplaincies.

‘This course is designed to encourage anyone who is part of a worshipping Christian community, to explore and deepen their faith,’ Clare adds. ‘If you have already undertaken a course such as Alpha, a confirmation course, or the Church of England Pilgrim course, it will encourage further learning. It is also intended as offering a foundational basis for those thinking of exploring some form of authorised ministry in the Church.’

How to get involved

Module One is already on the Moodle platform. Further modules will be added to the platform throughout 2023.

You can take a look by visiting the site here, click 'login as a guest' and put in the password: LayLearning2022.

This will give you free access to the interactive course materials.

To get the most out of the course, participants must register their interest with Dr Clare Amos at

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