Thirteen new Readers to serve in parishes across Sussex.
The Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, and the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby welcomed thirteen new Readers to a packed service at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday (23 September at 2 pm) More seats were needed for the high turnout from colleagues, family, friends and parishioners.
Bishop Richard said: "It was a joyful occasion. Readers play a vital role in many of our parishes as preachers and teachers of the faith. Each was presented with a Bible alongside their licence as a reminder, in the diocesan Year of The Bible, that the scriptures are at the heart of our Christian proclamation.”
Readers are licensed to ministry and assist priests in a range of tasks including leading worship, preaching and pastoral ministry. The women and men have responded to a vocation in the Diocese of Chichester to serve in this particular kind of ministry. They have also undertaken a period of rigorous training in their own time.
A Vocations Day takes place on Saturday 30 September at St Peter’s church in Brighton. The structured day will illustrate the many ways in which people can find a vocation in the church. The key speaker will be the Bishop of Chichester Dr Martin Warner. You can book your free place here
You can also view photos from the event on our Facebook page here
Here is a list of the candidates and the parishes in which they will serve.
Caroline Armitage: Chanctonbury Churches: Ashington, Washington & Wiston-with-Buncton
Joslyn Arnold: St Stephen’s Café Church in the Parish of Broadwater
Jenny Brown: Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint
Gaynor Deal: St Augustine’s Scaynes Hill
Dominic Desouza-Campbell: St Nicholas of Myra, Brighton
Martin Draper: Benefice of Clymping, Yapton and Ford
Anna Glenton: St Mary’s Glynde
Mary Hagell: St George’s Donnington
Trevor Harrison: St Thomas Groombridge
Andrew Jackson: St Peter’s Firle
Patrick Pearson-Miles: Chanctonbury Churches: Ashington, Washington & Wiston-with-Buncton
Nick Pendry: St John, Meads, Eastbourne
Katrina Walker: North Mundham with Merston and Hunston