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Event Diary
Annual Reader Conference - 19th November 2017

The Readers conference is always held in November and is for All Readers.  It is also part of the Reader PIME programme.  It is a great time to learn and discover and also a chance to catch up with fellow Readers.

Each year we select a different speaker to host this event, in the past we have had Bishop of Sodor and Man, Dean Pete Wilcox and Bishop Paul Bayes to speak.  Themes change from year to year so there is always something new to learn. This year we have got Bishop Martyn as our main speaker.

Safeguarding Training

July 8th 2017
10am - 4pm
St Lukes Church
71 Liverpool Road
L23 5SE

Becoming a Dementia Friendly Church

Friday 19th May 2017
LACE Conference Centre
Croxteth Drive
Sefton Park
L17 1AA

Professor Emeritus June Andrews is the former Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University and author of Dementia: the One Stop Guide.

Since she was last in Liverpool, Professor Andrew’s expertise in dementia has taken her to Canada, the USA, Germany and Sweden as well as many parts of the UK and she has received an OBE for her services to people with dementia.

Gina Shaw, a former Nurse Manager living with dementia, is the ‘poster girl’ for the Dementia Friends campaign and a member of our diocesan Dementia Working Group. Gina’s favourite work is visiting schools to help children understand dementia and learn how to support people living with dementia.

To book a place contact Maureen Knight at the Pastoral Formation Department or 0151 522 1046.

There is no charge for the conference and lunch will be provided, but please book early as places are limited and will be in great demand.

Reader Taster Session

Our diocese has a long proud tradition of encouraging, supporting and sustaining this Lay Ministry. Our Readers are vital parts of the life blood of many churches.

Why not speak with the Warden of Readers to find out what Reader Ministry is really about and the many opportunities for a fulfilling and rewarding ministry.

  • the selection and discernment process
  • how we train and support Readers - before and after their licensing
  • the opportunities that Reader Ministry offers
We will be offering another opportunity for you to find out what Reader Ministry is all about in November 2017 - time and venue to be confirmed.


Reader Summer Study Evenings 2017
Our popular Summer Study evenings bring together a wide range of people to explore important biblical and theological topics.

We seem to be witnessing the rise of a ‘post-truth’ culture. Outrageous and offensive opinions ask to be taken seriously and facts are routinely disregarded if they get in the way of feelings or beliefs.
Social media confirm their prejudices and ‘expert’ opinion is rejected. This erodes the trust that underpins any healthy society and increases our sense that what we are told cannot be trusted.
Over three evenings this Summer, we shall explore this cultural shift and how we respond as preachers and pastors. The aim will be to deepen our understanding and confidence in our role as Readers. We will close with Night Prayer (Compline) at the end of each session.


Tuesday 20th June 2017
A Ministry of Understanding: The Purpose of the Reader as Theologian in the Diocese of Liverpool.
Canon Rod Garner is our speaker, Diocesan Theologian for Liverpool Diocese.

Tuesday 27th June 2017
Who is this?: The Strange Man on the Cross and the Truth that sets us Free
Dr. Chris Burkett is our speaker, he is Editor of  The Preacher, the quarterly publication of The College of Preachers and  Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Chester. 

Tuesday 4th July 2017
Of Prophets, Priests and Kings: A Brief Biblical Theology of our Pastoral Task
Dr Deirdre Brower Latz is our speaker, she is Principal and Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Theology, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester.

The closing date for bookings is Monday 12th June.

The evenings are open to ministerial and lay colleagues, so please think about bringing someone along with you.

Each evening will conclude with Compline.

Venue: Select Security Stadium
Home of Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club
Lower House Lane

Follow the road signs for Halton Stadium

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Reader Training Days
We run regular Reader training days throughout the year, focusing on one key theme or element of ministry. Check the events pages for dates.