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Readers: A Challenging Ministry for Men and Women

The Warden of Readers

The Warden of Readers is Revd. Canon Andrew Holliday

What do Readers do?

Readers assist in the church's teaching and preaching ministry under the direction of their Rector or Vicar
  • Preach sermons
  • Conduct services
  • Read lessons
  • Lead intercessions
  • Exercise a teaching ministry
  • Administer Communion
  • Take communion to the sick
  • Conduct funerals (with permission)
  • Develop special ministries
Part of the Reader's role is also 'to encourage the ministries of God's people, as the Spirit distributes gifts among us all ... (and) to help the whole Church to participate in God's mission to the world' (from the Reader licensing service).
Readers are licensed to one church although they can be asked to help at other churches as the need arises. Reader ministry is a voluntary offering of service to God through his church.
Readers are not paid but their travelling expenses are refunded.

How are they chosen?

Anyone thinking of training as a Reader will be a confirmed member of the Church of England (or willing to be confirmed) and a regular worshipper.
The House of Bishops rules say you will be over 20 when your training starts, and candidates for Reader ministry in this Diocese are normally under 63.
You will also need the support of your Parochial Church Council. It helps to have your family's support as well!
There will be an initial meeting with a suffragan Bishop, followed by some meetings with a member of the vocations team, who work with those exploring callings to lay as well as ordained ministry. If Reader ministry seems to be right for you, you will then have a meeting with the Warden of Readers or a Deanery Chaplain, and attend a selection conference. The 2017 conference will meet on Saturday 20th May. The conference panel makes recommendations to the Bishop who approves all candidates for training.
For the application process please see the Vocations page.
Not sure if this is for you...but still looking...what about becoming looking at our lay training opportunities?
For national Reader information, please see the Anglican Readers' website.


 Reader Information Leaflet
  Agreement on Reader Ministry



Autumn 2016 Newsletter
 Spring 2016 Newsletter
 Autumn 2015 Newsletter
 Spring 2015 Newsletter

New Readers Licensed by Bishop Geoff on Saturday 31st October 2015.
From left to right: Sue Champness, Daphne-Ann Wade, Deborah Wood, Angela Letchford, Bishop Geoff, Peter Dyer, Rebecca Joseph, Diane Green, Ruth Haldane, Patricia Allen and Mandy Stanton. 
An article by Mandy Stanton published in 'The Reader' magazine.
An article by Patricia Wilkinson, one of the Readers in Blackburn Diocese, published in 'The Reader' national magazine Winter 2014, Vol III No 4.

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