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Four new Readers were licensed and three were officially welcomed from other Dioceses.
This celebration was particularly special as this year marks the 150th anniversary of Reader Ministry. Reader's or Licensed Lay Ministers as they are also known provide a vital role in the life and work of the church.
They are lay men and women, who come from a diverse range of occupations and backgrounds, and recognise a call to serve God and his world through ministry in the Church of England. They are authorised to preach and teach, to conduct or assist in conducting worship, and to become actively involved in the pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work of the Church in the parish or area to which they are licensed.
They work collaboratively with clergy and other church members within a variety of settings and backgrounds; in parishes, schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices, factories and shops, the Armed Forces and with children and young people, the elderly, housebound and bereaved. Many Readers, via nomination from their Incumbent, seek the Bishop’s permission to conduct funerals.
Readers (or Licensed Lay Ministers) embody the fact that ministry is to be shared by all of God’s people and they are a clear example of clergy and laity working together.
In the Diocese of Norwich we have 123 Licensed Readers, with another 109 in active ministry.
In just one recent year Readers' preached 2600 sermons, took 1700 services on their own and conducted 162 funerals.
The list of Readers who were admitted and welcomed this year are as follows:
Is God calling you to Licensed Lay Ministry?
Do you think God might be calling you to preach, help start a new congregation, reach out to new people moving into your village on that new estate or join the chaplaincy team at your local hospital?
Perhaps Reader/Licensed Lay Ministry is for you? To find out more please can contact Charles Read (Deputy Warden of Readers). Talk to your incumbent and other local ministers too – the chances are they have been wondering if you are called!