The Diocese of Liverpool is celebrating the Licensing of eleven Lay Readers for the Church of England. The licensing took place on April 12th in a grand ceremony presided by Bishop James at Liverpool Cathedral.
Being a lay reader takes three years of study and is an important part of the work of the Church of England. Readers are involved in many types of church work including preaching, leading certain services and helping the local vicar with the worship at the church. Lay Readers are very often in work and as active members of the community bring a fresh perspective to the local church.
The Diocese of Liverpool is one of the leading dioceses in the country for the support and development of Lay Readers with over 272 carrying out an active ministry. These take a variety of forms including a reader who is Chaplain to Liverpool Speke airport and others who are chaplains in prisons or who run churches in schools.
Bishop James said “I am delighted to have licensed these Readers and wish them every blessing on their ministry. The lay readers in the Diocese of Liverpool carry out a tremendous amount of work on behalf of the church in the region and play a vital role in supporting the clergy in local churches”
Those licensed were
Stephen Bridge from St John, Ravenhead, St Helens
Louise Forshaw from Emmanuel Church, Newton-in-Makerfield
Ed Franklin and Lynn Hudson from All Saints, Childwall,
Gwyneth Kennedy from St Matthew with St Mary, Bootle, (Bootle Team Ministry)
Joan Lawless from St John the Baptist, New Springs, with St Stephen, Whelley
Jennifer Levick from St Nicholas, Blundellsands
Tim Matthews from St Matthew, Thatto Heath
Paul Strickland St Bede with St Clement, Toxteth
Chris Turner from St Mary, Edge Hill, St Cyprian, Edge Hill with Christ Church, Kensington
Eileen White from St Andrew, Tower Hill, Kirkby
Also relicensed were
Amanda Bushnell and Blair Bushnell from St Andrews, Clubmoor