Diocese of Portsmouth

Readers (Licensed Lay Ministers)

Readers, also known as Licensed Lay Ministers, 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.

There are around 150 Readers in our Diocese working with clergy and churchgoers in communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to take Christ’s love out to those who do not yet know him. Only by working together can we hope to see God’s kingdom realised.

Licensing of Readers

On Saturday 3rd July we held our annual service of celebration for licensed lay ministry in our cathedral. Bishop Rob licensed two new Readers and four Readers who were licensed digitally last year were also welcomed.

All those Readers who attended were also able to renew their ministerial vows. You can download the Order of Service here. You can rewatch the livestream below, and view a selection of photos here.

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visit the National Church’s Reader website