Music and Worship Foundation CIO

A charity which exists to empower, resource and train local churches for Christian worship.

Charity Number 1175280

We believe in and foster:

Charitable Purposes

The registered charitable purposes of MWF are: 1) the advancement of the Christian religion through music, media and other art forms, and (2) to advance the education of the public in Christian worship and music. We fulfil these objects by the provision of workshops, conferences and training events for those who are involved in leading worship and the use of music in Christian churches and elsewhere. The focus is on the effective use of high-quality music and other worship resources that will enable people to worship more meaningfully (object 1) and to help people grow in the knowledge and understanding of music, service leadership and other resources in Christian worship (object 2).

Our Staff Team

Sara and Sam Hargreaves both hold degrees in Theology Music and Worship from LST, and Masters degrees from King’s College London. They have worked for two churches as worship and youth pastors, in both full-time and part-time capacities. They have extensive experience leading worship in different contexts, training for a variety of networks and churches, and creating books, journals, DVDs and other resources. Sam writes songs as part of the RESOUNDworship.org group. Sara has written freelance for organisations such as Youth For Christ. In 2017 they both received the honour of Associates of the Royal School of Church Music for services to worship and liturgy in the UK. They are part of their local Baptist church, and co-lead a fresh expression called Park Church.

Our Trustees

Roger Peach - Chair of Trustees, Roger was employed by MWF for fourteen years and now splits his working week between Jubilate Hymns and St Andrew’s Church, Oxford.

Andrew Mitchell - Secretary of the charity, Andy runs his own business JM Supplies and is an elder at Mowbray Community Church, Harrogate.

Ron Jones - Treasurer, Ron has been a mainstay of MWF’s events and ministry for many years, alongside music ministry in his local Baptist Church.

Eileen Osgood - Eils serves as Curate in St Peter’s Church, Chertsey, and has previously worked as a Worship Director and for Tearfund.

Timo Scharnowski - Graduate in Theology Music and Worship from London School of Theology, Timo is now employed as Worship Leader at St Michael’ Chester Square.

Damian Herbert - Damian works for the Church of England Birmingham, bringing 8 years’ experience as a Worship Director and over a decade with BIG Ministries.

Rev. John Leach - a previous Chair of Trustees, John brings experience as an author, worship leader, Vicar, theologian and speaker.

History

We have a long history dating back to 1984, when Music in Worship Trust was registered as a charity by Robin Sheldon. In 1994 the name changed to Music and Worship Foundation. In 1997 Roger Peach began as regional coordinator, and in 2008 Sam and Sara were employed part-time to begin engageworship.

In 2011 Roger stepped down and the regional hubs came to an end. At this point engageworship became MWF’s main ministry. In 2016 Sam became employed full time and Sara 2 days per week. In 2018 we made the shift to being a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - a CIO. This was an opportunity to update the form of charity that we are, and to revise our trust deed. The shift to CIO did not indicate any fundamental change in purpose or activity.

MWF has a long-held relationship with London School of Theology’s Music and Worship department. The charity assisted in the formation of the degree programme under David Peacock, and has continued to support and resource the programmes as they have grown and developed. This was particularly evident during the time Sam Hargreaves worked on the faculty in the department (2010-2015), and he continues to return as a guest lecturer.

To explore our resources, events and other news please visit engageworship.

To support the work of MWF financially make use of our giving page on the engageworship website.

For accounts and information, you can view our Charity Commission page.

To view our accounts further back please view the page for the older form of charity (290417) which we operated under until 2018.

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The registered office of Music and Worship Foundation CIO is: 8a Horley Close, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7HS.