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High turnout to welcome new Readers

High turnout to welcome new Readers

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