On Saturday 15 September, six people will be admitted to the office of Reader in a service at the Cathedral. The service will be conducted by Bishop John, who will license the individuals to minister in the parishes they have been called to serve.

Readers are trained and licensed lay ministers in the Church of England authorised in particular to exercise a ministry of preaching and teaching. They undergo a two year training course before being admitted to the role, which ends with the award of a Certificate in Higher Education by the University of Durham. After being licensed they carry out a wide range of tasks within their parishes and beyond, especially helping others to reflect on their faith and how it relates to their daily lives.

The new Readers are:

  • Fiona Carter who will serve in the benefices of Bowbrook North, and Stoke Prior, Wychbold and Upton Warren
  • Roger King, who will serve in the benefice of St Mary, Oldswinford in Stourbridge
  • Alison Martin, who will serve in the benefices of Hanley Castle, Hanley Swan and Welland, and Upton-on-Severn, Ripple, Earls Croome w Hill Croome & Strensham
  • Mary Phillips who will serve in the benefice of Holy Trinity, Amblecote
  • Nick Stephens, who will serve in the benefice of St Nicholas, Warndon
  • Vikki Day, who will be admitted and licensed as a Reader and who will continue to serve as Stourport Deanery Mission Developer.

Please pray for all the candidates as they begin this new step on their journey of faith.