Readers & Lay Ministers

Readers are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work. There is no single profile for a Reader: they can be men or women, almost any age and ccome from a wide diversity of occupations and backgrounds and serve God in a variety of situations; in parishes, schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices, factories and shops, among seafarers and in the Armed Forces, with children, and young people, the elderly, housebound and bereaved, and with those preparing for baptism, confirmation and marriage. In church, Readers can be distinguished from their ordained colleagues by the distinctive blue scarf which licensed Readers wear.

Called to be a Reader?
If you feel this may be your vocation, please take the time to explore it and speak to your incumbent. If you think God is calling you to Reader ministry, here are some questions to consider and then talk over with your incumbent:Is God calling you to service him more fully in ministry? Is the teaching and preaching ministry of the Reader the particular ministry to which you are called? Have you the necessary gifts to carry out this ministry? What is the pattern of your present discipleship? Have you talked over the possibilty of Reader ministry with your spouse and family and are they ready to support you? Is there a ministry for you in your parish?

Reader Review Material – please click on the links below to download the relevant material.

Reader review form

Reader Development Review Portfolio

Reader Role Agreement

Key Contact: Miss Sue Waterston (Warden of Readers)
Tel: (07879) 861599 or email