Engage Worship is a new expression of the Music and Worship Foundation CIO, 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.

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, Resurrection People 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 conferences such as Spring Harvest, the Youthwork Summit, denominational days and local church initiatives, leading retreats, musical worship and creative worship.
  • Sam also writes worship songs and helps lead Resound Worship and the 12 Song Challenge, 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 Our Team

Sara and Sam Hargreaves

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 volunteers at Stopsley Baptist Church before moving to a local Anglican church, St Matthews, and they now attend St Luke's, Leagrave. They are co-leaders of a missional community in a local park called Park Church. Previous to this, Sam worked part-time as Worship Minister at St James', Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire between 2008-2010, and before that they both served at Ascension, Balham Hill for five years, developing the worship among adults and teenagers. 

Gemma and Timo Scharnowski

Gemma and Timo have been a part of the Engage Worship family for a while, both as resource contributors and with Timo having previously served as a trustee for MWF. Since February 2021 they have been employed part time to grow and strengthen our work, especially among young adults in a project called Evergreen. As graduates of LST’s Theology, Music & Worship programme, they are passionate about the local church and equipping it for creative and engaging worship in all settings. They write songs together as The Forest Feeling, and have also been contributors to a number of Resound Worship projects.

Originally from Germany, Timo came to the UK in 2010 to work for a local church in Guildford, and following this began his studies at LST. He then spent four years working as a Worship Leader for St Michael’s Chester Square in London as well as being a freelance musician. Alongside his work for Engage Worship, Timo is currently doing a Masters in Christianity and the Arts from King's College London.

Gemma is a visual artist as well as a musician, and alongside her work for Engage Worship she runs a small creative business, called Iamhandmade, producing greetings cards and bespoke paper products. She has previously worked for local churches both in a creative and administrative capacity, and also spent two years working for the Diocese of London.

About Our Trustees

Engage Worship 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.

Hannah Hodges works at Nexus Institute of Creative Arts alongside serving as a worship leader at St Marks Coventry. She is passionate about singing, songwriting for the church and winning Mario Kart. 

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

Mwidimi Ndosi - Mwidimi is University Lecturer and Health Researcher in Bristol. Originally from Tanzania, he has experience in training and leading worship in congregations and groups. He worships at Woodlands Church in Bristol and plays the guitar and bass. 

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.