Diocese of Chichester

Two new Readers welcomed into the Diocese

After many months of study and preparation, Jane Garland from St Thomas the Apostle, Groombridge and Lesley Curtis from St Mary's, Udimore, were licensed by Bishop Ruth at a special service at Chichester Cathedral last weekend.

On 27 sep 2022

In Diocese of Chichester

By communications

The joyous occasion was shared with family, friends, and of course members of their churches who have supported them throughout.

Bishop Ruth said: “It was a great privilege to license Lesley and Jane as Readers in the Diocese, and a joyful occasion.

"At the service we reflected on the example set for us by Queen Elizabeth II who was of course an outstanding exemplar of dedicated lay ministry and discipleship in action.

"Our prayers and blessing go with Jane and Lesley as they begin this new chapter in their parishes. “

The two Readers have now commenced their respective ministries supporting the wider ministries of the parish.

We join with them, their families, friends, and parishes in rejoicing at their calling as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

The special event was also an opportunity for Readers from across the Diocese to renew their vows. 

 Main picture above from Left to right: Revd Owen Edwards, Lesley Curtis, Bishop Ruth, Levison Kandi, Assistant Warden of Lay Ministry, Jane Garland, Revd Trevor Harrison and Warden of Readers, Peter Mansell.

Picture below: Readers in the diocese are invited to the service to renew their vows