As chair of our diocesan Readers committee, may I warmly welcome you to this part of our diocesan website.
Readers play a key role in the life of many of our churches and share with their ordained colleagues the ministry of preaching, teaching and pastoral care.
I hope you will find your visit worthwhile, and if this is a form of ministry that you're wondering about then we hope you'll find the information you need.
With best wishes,
+Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes
What is Reader ministry?
Readers are lay people, called by God, trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.
Should I become a Reader?
Only if both you and the wider church feel you are called by God to this ministry. One of the first steps will be a discussion with your incumbent - the priest who leads your local church. Then there is a process of discernment, selection, training, and licensing.
This page (click or tap here) has a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Reader ministry.