Readers / Licensed Lay Ministers
Quinquennial Licensing Service 2013 Mike Angelo Photography
What is a Reader?
Readers are lay people, selected for training by their local diocese with the same rigour as ordinands, in response to their sense of calling to a preaching and teaching ministry. They have a rigorous theological training equivalent to clergy and mostly follow a degree course. This generally lasts three years with some extras added on afterwards, though some are licensed after two years with more training following.
They have a ministry within their local team and generally stay where they live, not being deployed as a priest might be in the CofE or RC church. However their licence is recognised nationally, and if they have a move due to family or work circumstances, then they can be licensed in their new parish.
Today's church is more and more diverse and increasingly Readers are finding a ministry in the work place, the community and in chaplaincy, (schools, prisons, hospitals, the armed forces). Their preaching and teaching experience is always used "in a pastoral context", and many are out and about in their communtties, rather than in the more formal role of being robed and leading worship or preaching on a Sunday.
Is God calling you?
If you long to serve God more fully, this role could be the way forward for you. To become a Reader you must be: a baptised, confirmed and regular communicant member of the Church of England; keen to communicate your Christian faith; willing to train for this ministry.
Firstly, discuss your vocation with your Vicar/Minister to explore your calling, discuss your ideas and feelings with your family, friends, other members of your church fellowship, and if possible with a Reader. You will need the support and agreement of your Vicar and your PCC to proceed. For further information, speak to Mrs Julie Batchelor, Assistant Warden of Readers.
Warden of Readers
The Warden of Readers is responsible for the selection and training of readers; for the encouragement of readers in their pastoral and liturgical ministries; and for their continuing education and training.
Mrs Julie Batchelor - Assistant Warden of Readers St Mary's Vicarage, Promenade, Walney Island, Cumbria LA16 3QU Tel: 01229 227976 Email: email@example.com
Mr Geoff Hine - CME Officer Chapel Howe, Sebergham, Carlisle CA5 7DY. Tel: 016974 76308 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Pat Hirst - Secretary 1 Orchard Cottage, Torpenhow, Wigton CA7 1JF. Tel: 016973 71565 Email: email@example.com
Timetable of Events 2015/16
21st November Bishops Teaching Day at St James Church, Carlisle followed by Readers Board AGM
11th February Readers Board Meeting at Rydal Hall 7.30pm
16th April Teaching Day with Father Nicholas King at Carver Church, Windermere 10am - 4.00pm
30th April Lay Ministries Vocations Day (venue TBC) 10am - 2.00pm
5th May Ascension Day Celebration Service All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
9th June Readers Board Meeting at Rydal Hall 7.30pm
16th July "Follow" Christian Day Festival at De Montfort Hall, Leicester
22nd September Readers Board Meeting at Rydal Hall 7.30pm
8th October Readers Annual Service and 150th Anniversary Celebration at Carlisle Cathedral, followed by afternoon tea at the Tythe Barn, Carlisle.
29th October Readers AGM St Michael's Workington 3.00pm.
FOR YOUR DIARY:
9th-11th June 2017 Readers Retreat at Parcevall Hall with Bishop James
Here is a selection of photographs from the past few years
Licensing Service 2015
Licensing Service at Sedbergh 2015
Licensing Service 2014
Readers Licensed in 2013 (by Mike Angelo Photography
Readers Licensing Service, Cartmel Priory October 2012
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