The office of Reader has for many years been the life of the Church of England.
If you feel called and are selected to be a Reader you will join more than 300 Readers in our diocese who faithfully serve their local church.
A Reader is a lay minister who holds a Bishop's licence to help proclaim the Gospel in the words they preach and the way they live their life. Most are licenced to a specific parish but there is great scope for flexibility. Readers are more than volunteers - with the Bishop's licence comes a commitment to training preparation and on-going development. A Reader's preaching and teaching ministry will often make them the bridge between the church and the secular world. It is a privilege, joy and responsibility to be a Reader under the authority of Jesus Christ.
To be a Reader you must be a communicant member of the Church of England and be called and committed to offer a teaching and preaching ministry within the church.
These pages will give you help in discerning whether you are called to be a Reader. Within it we talk about how Readers are selected
and how we train our Readers.
May you be in our prayers as you consider your calling to Reader Ministry. It is a privilege, joy and responsibility to be a Reader under the authority of Jesus Christ.