the justice and worship workshop – Sat 27 April

With just over 6 weeks to go, we’re getting excited. The Justice and Worship workshop – an event which co-founder Liz Baddaley has pioneered and developed in partnership with Christian Aid over the last five years – will be hosted by us at the Sanctuary’s centre in Ilkley for the first time.

Calling all worship leaders with a heart for incorporating more intercession and outward focus into their song selection and more – don’t miss out on what will undoubtedly be a ground-breaking and inspiring day.


Once again the prophet Amos’ words are our inspiration: ‘I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice – oceans of it. I want fairness – rivers of it. That’s all I want.’ (Amos 5:23-24, The Message)

In a world full of poverty, those who lead in worship and prayer are looking for fresh ways to connect the church with God’s desire for justice. Come and join us as we explore these themes in practical and interactive sessions. And point you to lots of new ideas and free resources that can help you on the journey.

The focus of the day will be all about how our sung worship can balance pursuing more of God’s presence and continuing to prize intimacy with him alongside incorporating more intercession and outward focus that reflects God’s heart of justice for poor communities and the nations.

Christian Aid’s Steph Cooper and the Sanctuary’s co-founder Liz Baddaley will welcome two more worship leaders / song-writers to input into the day alongside Liz.

Lisa Cuellar is originally from California but she’s now based in the UK. There she is on staff with St Michael le Belfrey, York and continues her ministry for YWAM, who she has been with for nearly twenty years. Lisa has led worship and worship schools in multiple nations and will help us look at incorporating the nations into our sung worship. 

Mathew Nathaniel is from Tamil Nadu, India but is working in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, where he is on staff at New Horizons Christian Fellowship. Following his Masters in the same subject, he has pioneered a teaching course in Worship and Justice for WorldShapers Academy and will be unpacking the importance of how the two relate. (He will be joining us fresh from a sabbatical recording his worship album which fuses Western contemporary styles with Indian classical music.)

The event will begin at 9:30 with tea, coffee and a light breakfast and the main teaching and practical input sessions will take place between 10am and 1pm.

However, we will have an optional 2 hour afternoon programme, offering more informal drop-in discussion and then an extended time of worship. The afternoon slot will take place between 2 and 4pm.

This event is free but spaces are limited so book in early through our contact form to avoid disappointment.

You can download a flyer and poster to spread the word to worship leaders you know from our events page.

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