Reader Training

It was on 7th May 1969 that Canon Law in the Church of England was changed to make it clear that women and men could be admitted and licensed as Readers. Readers are lay people in the Church of England who are trained to share in public representative ministry with ordained clergy colleagues. The emerging renewed vision for Reader Ministry focuses on three particular focuses for this licensed lay ministry:

  • Readers as teachers of the faith
  • Readers as enablers of mission in the everyday
  • Readers as leaders in Church and society

Training usually takes place on Tuesday evenings at the Church of England Birmingham offices. This has been moved online during the current crisis. 

Readers in Church of England Birmingham have a wide and varied ministry. If you are interested in finding out more about Reader ministry then either visit the Reader pages of the Church of England Birmingham website or the website of the Central Readers’ Council.

Applications should be made to Catherine Grylls: Warden of Readers, or Mike Lynch: Secretary of the Birmingham Readers Association.