Readers / Licensed Lay Ministers

Introduction

Quinquennial Licensing Service 2013

(by 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 communties, 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.

What next?

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 Revd Peter Vivash, Warden of Readers, or Mrs Julie Batchelor, Assistant Warden of Readers.

Warden of Readers

Revd Peter Vivash - Diocesan Warden of Readers Thornthwaite Vicarage, Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5RY Tel: 017687 78243  Email: peter.vivash@dsl.pipex.com

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: julie.batchelor@yahoo.co.uk

Mr Geoff HineCME Officer Chapel Howe, Sebergham, Carlisle CA5 7DY. Tel: 016974 76308 Email: p.hine999@btinternet.com

Mrs Pat Hirst Secretary 1 Orchard Cottage, Torpenhow, Wigton CA7 1JF.  Tel: 016973 71565 Email: patricia.hirst@talktalk.net

Events

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

 

 

 

 

Photographs

Here is a selection of photographs from the past few years

Licensing Service 2015

Licensing Service at Sedbergh 2015

Readers Licensing 2014

Licensing Service 2014

 New Readers 2013

Readers Licensed in 2013 (by Mike Angelo Photography

Readers Licensing Service, Cartmel Priory  October 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links

Downloads

Motiviational Teaching PosterMotiviational Teaching Poster
File size over 1MB  1355kb    File date 22 Oct 2015
Nicholas King AdvertNicholas King Advert
File size  444kb    File date 22 Oct 2015
Carlisle Readers colour leafletCarlisle Readers colour leaflet
File size over 1MB  1419kb    File date  9 Oct 2014
Readers' Handbook updateReaders' Handbook update
File size  27kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Readers' HandbookReaders' Handbook
File size  739kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Order form for Readers' badgesOrder form for Readers' badges
File size  171kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
personalised clothing for Readerspersonalised clothing for Readers
File size  448kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
CME Grants policyCME Grants policy
File size  19kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Reader working agreement - notesReader working agreement - notes
File size  20kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Reader working agreementReader working agreement
File size  12kb    File date 23 Apr 2014