We meet our new readers licenced in 2016 in a series of interviews exploring what called them to Reader Ministry.
Q. Why do you think reader ministry is important?
Reader Ministry enables you to make a greater contribution in your church, which includes preaching and leading on a regular basis. It also opens up conversations in your work place to talk about your Christian faith.
Q. Where are you from originally, and have you lived/worked elsewhere?
I was born in Garston but moved to Skelmersdale when I was 9. It was when I moved down to London for 3 years to study Theology when I was 19 that I became a Christian. I then moved to Oxford for a year to do my Post Graduate in teaching, before moving back to Skelmersdale, and then getting my first teaching job in an infant school in Crosby. After 5 years I moved to St Luke's Halsall CE Primary School. I have been there now since 1995 and I am the Reception Class teacher as well as being Deputy Head.
Q. Was your interest in reader ministry gradual, or something you knew you have always wanted to do?
My interest in reader ministry came as a result of me attending the Diocese's first Directions course. I knew God was calling me to do something but didn't know what. My vicar encouraged me to think about Reader training, but because of family issues, (Dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's) I didn't think it was the right time. I was asked in February 2014 if I would speak at St Luke’s Church, Crosby on Education Sunday. The theme was going above and beyond; Matthew 5.21-37. It was when I sat down after speaking that I felt God say, ‘Well, when are you going to go the extra mile for me?’ I then went back to my vicar, and as a result of his support and encouragement I applied for reader training.
Q. What roles did you hold in church before your licensing?
I started going to St Paul's, Skelmersdale when I returned home in 1990 and immediately joined the worship band, where I play flute. During my time at St Paul's I have been a Cell group/ House group leader, have been on the PCC and have led a Theology Study group. More recently I have been involved in helping to plan and organise the Church weekend at home. During my training I have preached, led services both formal and informal, and led intercessions.
Q. Do you have an interest in a particular kind of ministry, and how would you like to develop this?
I enjoy preaching and helping people to deepen their relationship with Christ. This can be done both from the pulpit and by coming alongside someone in conversation and prayer support.
Q. Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Working full time and being involved in the church doesn't leave a lot of time for hobbies, but I enjoy reading and having hot stone massages once a month!