engageworship is a new expression of the Music and Worship Foundation, furthering the vision and values of MWF for a new generation. We aim to resource local churches for creative, innovative and world-changing worship; engaging with God, each other and the world around us.

MWF employ Sam and Sara Hargreaves to run this exciting initiative. This vision is achieved through:

  • Running training days and workshops at churches, conferences and events.
  • The development of this website, as a searchable resource for creative worship ideas and articles. This aims to be a channel for ideas springing up from local churches, leaders and artists who are pushing forward into innovative worship.
  • Leading worship services, celebrations, and other events, to inspire participative worship from the whole church. Also involvement in teaching and leading at church weekends and retreats.
  • Our published books and printed resources, such as Whole-Life Worship, Simple Worship and Outdoor Worship, and How Would Jesus Lead Worship?. Some of these are partnerships with other organisations such as LICC, Rural Ministries, Thy Kingdom Come and God for All.
  • Resourcing other conferences such as Spring Harvest, the Youthwork Summit, denominational days and local church initiatives, leading musical worship with the engageband and/or creative worship.
  • Sam also writes worship songs and is part of the leadership of Resound Worship, and he teaches at colleges such as London School of Theology and Roehampton University.

We are aiming to take people broader and deeper into all that worship can be. We are committed to excellence and breadth in music, but also exploring other forms of worship and creativity in church. We are particularly interested in the intersection between worship and other areas of life - worship and mission, worship and the outdoors, worship and creativity... and so on.

To support this ministry, please consider making a donation or setting up a standing order via our Donations page.

About Sara and Sam

Sam and Sara were both trained at London School of Theology in Theology Music and Worship. Sam was on the faculty in the Worship Department at LST for five years, and now returns as a regular guest lecturer. Both Sara and Sam have Masters degrees from King's College London. In 2017 the Royal School of Church Music gave them the Associate award for services to worship in the UK.

They moved to Luton in January 2011 where they were volunteer at Stopsley Baptist Church before moving to a local Anglican church, St Matthews. They have also been part of a group exploring missional church in a park. Previous to this, Sam worked part-time as Worship Minister at St James', Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire between 2008-2010. Before that they both served at Ascension, Balham Hill for five years, developing the worship among adults and teenagers. Sam is also part of RESOUNDworship.org, a free worship song site, and co-hosts the Resound Worship Podcast. Sara has written freelance for Youth for Christ study notes and other projects.

About Our Trustees

engageworship is a ministry of the Music and Worship Foundation CIO. This charity (registered with the UK Charity Commission - Charity Number 1175280) has been running for over 30 years (although changed to the "CIO" status in 2018). A group of trustees oversees the work, ministry and finances of our organisation.

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 leads worship at Mowbray Community Church.

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. He plays the piano, organ, guitar and bass.

Rev. Eileen Osgood
 - Eils serves Associate Vicar of St John's New Malden, and has previously worked as a Worship Director and for Tearfund.

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. He is a talented electric guitar player and songwriter.

Sylvia Kalisch - Finance Secretary for St Michael's Church Chester Square in London with large experience in the charity sector, who loves singing in choirs and worshipping in church services.