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Gateway District: Leading Worship

The Gateway district Lay Servant Ministries team presents Leading Worship on Zoom with Anne Sims.

February 3 @ 8:30 am 4:30 pm


Course scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance. Please contact your district director or cle@nccumc.org.

About the Course:

This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group, class, organization, or congregation in worship. The course is grounded in the classic patterns of Christian worship.

Participants will be able to:

  • Be able to name the four elements of the Basic Pattern of Worship and describe the history of this pattern;
  • Practice leadership through the four elements of the basic pattern;
  • Receive and offer supportive feedback on planning and leading worship;
  • Explore and practice leading worship in a variety of settings, other patterns of worship, and multiple forms of prayer.

Order Your Book!

All participants are expected to read Worshiping with United Methodists, by Hoyt L. Hickman, prior to class.

Participants will also need access to a United Methodist Hymnal and a United Methodist Book of Worship. Your church or pastor probably has a copy that you may borrow. You can also access the Book of Worship online.

For questions about the course, please contact Gateway Lay Servant Ministries District Director Effie McGill at effie.mcgill@gmail.com.

About Anne Sims:

The Rev. Dr. Anne Walker Sims is a Virginia native who grew up near the beach and feels most at home near large bodies of water. She graduated from William and Mary with a double major in Environmental Science and Spanish but soon came to realize that God had a different calling for her: to love people rather than save dolphins. At Duke Divinity School, she learned to cheer on the Blue Devils, met and married Rev. Ben Sims, an Alabama native and also a Duke student pastor. She’s been a pastor for nearly 25 years.

Since making North Carolina home, she and Ben have shared their home with rescue dogs and cats while serving churches in cities, small towns, and rural communities, loving each for their unique gifts–all this while completing her Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew in 2010. In 2019 she and Ben moved to Oriental, and hope to never leave. In addition to serving Oriental UMC and facilitating community partnerships to serve the whole community, she leads workshops and retreats on a variety of topics, mostly around ancient and contemporary contemplative practices to soothe the soul and help us connect to God. The Oriental Community Labyrinth and Camp Don Lee are tied for her two favorite places on the planet.