A Lay Reader exercises a ministry of preaching and teaching within the context of worship, often non-Eucharistic. They are also able to extend this ministry in other ways as their context allows. Some Readers are also authorised to conduct funerals, following appropriate selection and training.
Diocesan Association of Honorary Readers
A Lay Reader is a voluntary member of the Ministry Team who with a Bishop’s licence is able to:-
- Conduct Morning and Evening Prayer, read the Ministry of the Word at the Eucharist and preach at these services.
- Undertake such pastoral and educational work that your Incumbent may involve you in,
- ….and additionally your licence entitles you to Publish Banns of Marriage, and to receive the Offertory
Those that are interested in becoming a Lay Readers should discuss this first with their incumbent, and then, if they wish to proceed with their interest they should contact the Director of Ministry & Training, Revd Canon Rhiannon Johnson
After a successful interview the lay reader candidate then follows a selection procedure consisting of:
- A discussion with a vocations adviser
- A consultation with a practising reader in the Archdeaconry
- Interview by the selection panel, who determine whether a candidate is successful.