This week we meet 23-year old James Taylor, one of the youngest readers in the Diocese. James serves in the Parish Church of St. Anne, Beech Hill, Wigan.
Fifteen new readers were licensed by Bishop Richard this September and some of them have agreed to share their stories with us. This week we meet 23-year old James Taylor, one of the youngest readers in the Diocese. James serves in the Parish Church of St. Anne, Beech Hill, Wigan.
James works in the Medical Records Department for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, and as well as being a reader, he has been Director of Music at St. Anne’s for the last seven years. He says that combining the two roles is “challenging, exciting and most of the time wonderful.”
Before moving to the Anglican Church, James was brought up as a Methodist in Appley Bridge, just outside Wigan, where he attended Sunday school and became an organist at the age of 12.
James is used to doing things at an early age – and he enjoyed the challenge of being one of the youngest readers on the course, saying: “I found it a little strange at first because I had little life experience compared to the others on the course. Trying to understand things at a much higher level was hard, but I stuck at it, and came through it.
“One thing that reader training and ministry has taught me is that you meet some amazing people and friends. I will value and regard the people I have met with high value. But I think we all - no matter what age we are - took into account the words the Bishop of Warrington said during our formal oath ceremony – ‘The training and learning really begins now!’”
On his licensing day, James’ former incumbent Rev. Jane Bury, presented him to the Bishop of Warrington, and James recalls “this was a humbling and wonderful experience to have a good friend present me.”
Looking to the future, James says that he feels God is calling him to more ministries, either as a reader or to be called more as an incumbent, but, he concludes, “only God will know what he wants me to do!”