Bishop James licensed 12 new Readers who now serve in parishes across the Diocese of Liverpool. Many of them have chosen to share their stories with us. This week we meet Clare Moss, who serves across the Widnes Deanery.
Clare was born in Liverpool but has lived in Widnes for most of her life. As a pharmacist, she has worked in several different roles around Liverpool in community pharmacy and now works in the NHS.
Clare has always been to church, is a Brownie guider and has been involved in children`s work at St. Ambrose Widnes for ten years. However, she began to develop her skills and commitment even more when her vicar suggested that she help run the Widnes Deanery Youth Church.
Clare said: “I wanted to support the young people as best as I could, and sought extra training to try and develop my ministry. I initially did the Certificate in Christian Youth Work through the Diocese and wanted to take the ministry a step further – this was when I looked at becoming a Reader.”
Clare’s passion for youth ministry has led to the development of Ignite - a fresh expression of church for young people between 11 and 18.
Clare says, “We meet weekly peripatetically around the Widnes deanery. We try to engage and disciple young people through teaching and worship that is culturally relevant and multi sensorial. I am interested in exploring alternative worship and also developing fresh expressions for children and families.”
Learn more about our Reader Training Course here
What does it mean to be a Reader?
Being a 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 teaching, preaching, leading certain services and helping the local vicar with the worship at the church.
Readers are very often in work and as active members of the community bring a fresh perspective to the local church. For some, it is the first step to ordination
The Diocese of Liverpool is one of the leading dioceses in the country for the support and development of Readers, with over 280 carrying out an active ministry. These take a variety of forms including a reader who is Chaplain to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and others who are chaplains in prisons or who run churches in schools.