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What is Reader Ministry?

Readers are admitted to a nationally accredited ministry. They are licensed by the Bishop after three years initial training and work alongside local clergy, other ministers and all the people of God, sharing in the ministry of Christ and equipping others.

Readers are chaplains, teachers, undertake hospital, youth and community work,  some work with the Mission to Seafarers, in retail outlets, prisons and many other callings. Readers - men and women - of all ages and backgrounds are actively witnessing and ministering throughout the country and within our Diocese.

Readers are called to:

  • Proclaim the Good News
  • Help people to learn and grow as Christians
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Prepare and lead worship
  • Care for the people they serve

What do Readers do once they have been trained and licensed?

Readers can preach, lead worship, assist witht he administration of Holy Communion. They can also share in the pastoral work of the parish by visiting the housebound, the elderly or the bereaved. Some Readers also receive permission to take funerals and undertake additiional training to administer communion by extension.

Who can become a Reader?

Any confirmed, regular communicant member of the Church of England who feels called to share their faith with others ad has the support of their Parish Priest and Parish can explore this ministry.

Click here to go to the main Church of England Readers website

Readers CMD
(Continuing Ministerial Development)

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