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 Mission and Ministry, Ven Dennis Wight.
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
Theological training for lay readership takes the form of a learning regime leading to a Certificate in Theology either from Bangor University; or St. Michael’s College, Cardiff. Details of these courses are as follows:
consists of 12 modules with a credit of 10 points giving a total of 120 credits(maximum) over a three year period. 6 modules are delivered by distance learning and the remaining 6 modules delivered over 6 two night residential courses.
St Michaels course:
is delivered as 6 modules each with a credit of 20, delivered by residential courses in Cardiff, and evening classes in Trinity College Carmarthen, over a period of two years again leading to a maximum 120 credits,
A licensed reader has the opportunity to study a Bereavement Ministry training module, which when successfully completed will result in the issue of a Bishop’s licence enabling them to officiate at funerals.