Being a Reader is so important

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Allison Whiteley talks about her role as a Reader.

My father was a lay Reader in the 1960s at St Michael’s Hough Green in Widnes. Some of my earliest memories are of him preaching. However, honouring my father’s memory is not my driver to be a Reader. Readers are lay leaders in their church communities who offer a model of Christian discipleship to the people they meet in their daily lives as well as in their congregations.

For some time I had been writing intercessions and getting very positive feedback but it was this definition of what a Reader is that inspired me. I work full time and I want to be able to witness in the workplace as well as at church. Reader ministry is unique as you are part of the ministry team but also part of the congregation too. So a good grounding in Theology is needed so that I can be an active theologian. This is what the Reader training is giving me. It’s true the course requires a lot of reading but the camaraderie of fellow trainee Readers supports and encourages you.

To discern if Reader training is for you I would highly recommend the Foundations for Ministry course which I did after talking it through with my minister. It gives an insight into the Anglican church and a taste for theological learning.

Called to be a Reader?

Find out more about Reader training at Called to Serve, the annual event for those who want to explore the various licensed ministries of Pastoral Worker, Reader, Church Army and ordained ministry. It will take place on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 9am to 3pm at Foxhill House and Woodlands, WA6 6XB. Please email peter.bacon@chester.anglican.org or phone 01928 718834 ext 237. This year we are offering a free lunch which extends the opportunity to talk to others who might also be interested in exploring these ministries. Please make sure you book before Friday, 19 January 2018.