Celebrating New Reader Ministry

On September 22nd at 18.30 in Canterbury Cathedral, Mark Taylor will be admitted to the Office of Reader and licensed by Bishop Tim. All are welcome to attend this service. The following Sunday, September 29th, there will be a local celebration of Mark’s new ministry at the benefice service in Hothfield at 11am.
So, what is a Reader, I hear you ask? From an early age, surely we are all readers! According to the diocesan website, a Reader is “a theologically trained lay minister equipped to be a significant resource within the local church and community. Readers are ministers of the Word with a passion for communicating the Gospel.”
Readers are called to work collaboratively within the ministry leadership team, preaching, leading worship and offering many other forms of ministry according to their individual gifting and calling. With appropriate training and authorisation, Readers may also take funerals. In the current climate of declining clergy resources, Readers are an invaluable part of the ministry of the Church of England. Following his licensing, Mark will serve with the rest of the team across the whole benefice.
Please pray for Mark as he embarks on this new ministry.
Rev. Canon Sheila Cox