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Key information

Reader Ministry Handbook 2023

Reader Annual Conversation Form 2023
Reader Working Agreement 2023

Useful links

Readers of the Diocese of Gloucester Facebook group
Team contact information
Central Readers’ Council
Reader Training – Cuddesdon

Who’s Who

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Lee Barnes

Lay Ministry Officer & Warden of Readers
Call us 07828 622362
Email Lee

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Associate Warden of Readers

Call us01453 886239
Email Jane

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Assistant Team Administrator

Call us07928 809780
Email Ellie
Sub-Warden List 2022

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Readers are people of all ages and from all walks of life uniquely qualified to bring the word of God into issues of working life, voluntary work, leisure and relationships; as well as being involved in the life and mission of the Church. They encourage others to share the Gospel wherever they are and help others discover the Christian faith for themselves.

The Office of Reader is the only voluntary lay ministry in the Church of England that is nationally accredited, episcopally licensed and governed by canon law. Readers often lead worship and can be easily identified by the blue scarf they wear. They also preach and teach; in fact the name ‘Reader’ is a reminder of their core calling: to speak aloud God’s Word in the community. Some have particular roles and gifts for serving in the wider community; some in schools, in work-place chaplaincy or as pastoral visitors. Some are specially trained to take funerals and in caring for the bereaved. Others are in pioneer roles, seeking to bring the Gospel to people beyond the familiar boundaries of the Church.

Readers work alongside ordained and lay colleagues, often in ministry teams. Having been trained and licensed they share responsibility in leading the people of God in discipleship and mission.

If you would like any other information relating to Reader Ministry please contact Ellie Griffiths-Edwards


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