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Reader licensing 2022

What is a Reader?

  • Readers work in a variety of situations: in parishes, schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices, with children and young people, the elderly, housebound and bereaved, and with those preparing for baptism, confirmation and marriage.
  • Readers have a key role in teaching and preaching as well as helping to lead worship.
  • Readers have a kind of bridge ministry: a bridge between day to day life and the world of the church, a bridge which witnesses to the unchanging love of God in a changing world.
  • Readers come from a variety of backgrounds and many have paid employment.
  • Readers are called to serve God and his world; are authorised, licensed by the bishop and recognised nationally; but are not ordained clergy.

Training before licensing lasts for two years and gives practical skills in ministry as well as some understanding of God-talk / theology. Readers are sometimes described as lay theologians.

'Called to Reader Ministry?' booklet.

'Training for Reader Ministry' booklet.

Support for Readers

The archdeaconry chaplains would normally be the first point of contact for Readers seeking pastoral support or advice. This does not preclude direct contact with the Warden or Sub-Warden should a Reader have a particular reason for doing so.

Bolton Archdeaconry 
Mrs Jane Mann 01204 411992
Revd Stephen Tranter 01204 398552

Manchester Archdeaconry 
Miss Avril Scott 0161 225 5243 
Revd Anne Pilkington 0161 445 4152

Rochdale Archdeaconry 
Mrs Pam McGrath 07460 063154
The Revd Ian Bullock 01706 375322

Salford Archdeaconry
Mrs Sheila Radford 0161 702 8128
Revd Judith Copper 01942 673626

Warden of Readers
Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft 0161 790 8289

Subwarden of Readers
Dr Mike Stuckey 0161 357 0155

Officer for Emeritus Readers
Mr Graham Cooper 0161 872 4140

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