A PRACTICAL ACADEMY FOR ASPIRING CATHOLIC WORSHIP LEADERS 

The OHP Academy is back for our second cohort beginning in January 2022! The OHP Academy aims to raise up accomplished, Spirit-filled worshippers in parishes around the country. Whether you are a singer or a musician, we want to help you grow and encourage music teams in your context.

 MONTHLY SCHEDULE 

  • Attend two evening sessions per month

  • Get involved with the music at your parish on a Sunday (where possible)

  • Catch-up meeting with your manager

  • Session with your mentor

  • In the final month of The Academy, participants will have a place on the One Hope Project Worship Weekend

 EVERY PARTICIPANT RECEIVES 

  • A manager and a mentor

  • A programme and a project

  • A place on the One Hope Project Worship Weekend

  • The notes for each session, a reading list and resources

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PROGRAMME

The Academy will last for 6 months with 2 programme sessions each month and the final month we will gather for the One Hope Project Worship Weekend. The programme sessions will be delivered online. All the session info is below!

PROJECT

The project will involve developing a worship skill linked to each person's context. Choose one ‘track’ which you will grow in and that your parish needs - example tracks are: Guitar for worship, Keys for worship, Leadership and team, Music production, or Song writing.

MANAGER

Keeping the person on track with their project and the programme material they have been given throughout the Academy.

MENTOR

Somebody to listen, guide and pray with the student throughout the course.

 COURSE DATES 

January 2022 - June 2022

Two Wednesday evenings each month. January 2022 - June 2022.

One Hope Project Worship Weekend 8th - 10th July 2022. Location TBC.

 COURSE FEE 

£900 GBP per person

for the programme material, the time given by One Hope Project and the Worship Weekend. Bursary places are available.

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW    

Applications close 5th December. Zoom meetings will be held after 5th December

to discuss your application - we’ll be in touch with the date of your meeting.

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 THE PROGRAMME SESSIONS 

The hope for the programme sessions is to access people’s:

 HEADS  we want to provide the participants with solid teaching and knowledge.

 HEARTS  we will begin each session with prayer and worship and always prioritise encounter with God as we journey together.

 HANDS  we desire for the sessions to be practical and for candidates to hone their craft across the Academy.

 THE PROGRAMME TOPICS 

#1: Introductory Session

#2: It’s All About Jesus

#3: Start with Why

#4: Leading Worship

#5: Music for Liturgy

#6: Building a Team

#7: Creativity & Beauty

EASTER BREAK

#8: "Off Set List"

#9: Playing Well Together

#10: The Authentic Leader 

#11: Songwriting

#12: Sustaining our Worship Through Life

WORSHIP WEEKEND 

 THE WORSHIP WEEKEND 

The Worship Weekend: This will be time to hang out, worship together and go through the material from the Academy in greater depth. There will be teaching tracks exploring different kinds of worship and creativity. The Worship weekend will be taught by external worship leaders, preachers and teachers from all over the UK.

 PARTNERING WITH 

 DIVINE RENOVATION 

For the second time running we are working with Divine Renovation UK as a key partner for the OHP Academy. DRUK are offering 5 parishes in group coaching the opportunity for their potential worship leader to take a space on this year’s worship academy at 50% of the cost. Please state which parish you are applying through on your form. Following your application, an additional Zoom meeting will be set up between the applicant, OHP and the Parish Priest.

 FAQs 

Can I still apply if I don’t have much experience in leading music in church?
Yes of course! The Academy covers a wide range of topics and practical guidance to take you through all you’d need to know for being involved in the music ministry in your parish.

I don’t play an instrument, but I do sing, is that okay?
Yes, very much okay! If you’ve got experience in singing in choirs, or singing lessons and have a passion for worship and music then the Academy will be a great thing for you.

Will I have time for my day job alongside the Academy?
Yes. The Academy will be an investment of your time, but we’re confident that it will be manageable alongside any full time job and other life commitments.

Is the One Hope Project Worship Weekend included?

Yes! Your fee includes this event, which will be packed full of more great teaching and lots of times to worship together. This weekend will be 8th - 10th July 2022.

Can I pay the fee in instalments?
Yes, you can split the cost into two instalments of £450 payable in January and then in May.

Are there bursary places available?

Yes. We don’t want the cost of the Academy to stop you from applying. Within the application form you can state whether you are applying for a bursary place and we will be in touch with you about this.

Do I have to be over 18?

Yes, the OHP Academy is run for anyone over the age of 18. We hope to run it again in the coming years so be sure to apply when you hit that age.