Diocese of Portsmouth

Readers (Licensed Lay Ministers)

Readers licensing service 2016

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

Bishop Christopher licensed five Readers remotely via a Zoom service on Saturday 14th November, also broadcast via our Facebook page. You can watch the service below, and download an Order of Service here.

The Readers who were licensed are:

  • Liz Quinn, who will be licensed to serve in Soberton ,Newtown and Hambledon. Read more about Liz's calling here.
  • Dr Coleen Jackson, who will be licensed to serve in Blendworth, Chalton and Idsworth.
  • Sue Moss who will be licensed to serve at Hayling Island.
  • Clare Watson, who will be licensed to serve at Alverstoke.
  • Amanda Hollingsworth, who will be licensed to serve at St Mary's Church, Fratton. Read more about Mandy's calling here.

Click below for:

visit the National Church’s Reader website