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We are committed to supporting and developing your ministry. As a condition of your licence your Bishop will look for evidence of your commitment to ongoing training and development. Here are the basic ways we support you.

Annual Reader Conference - 19th November 2017 10am - 4pm
The Readers conference is always held in November and is for All Readers.  It is also part of the Reader PIME programme.  It is a great time to learn and discover and also a chance to catch up with fellow Readers.

Each year we select a different speaker to host this event, in the past we have had Bishop of Sodor and Man, Dean Pete Wilcox and Bishop Paul Bayes to speak.  Themes change from year to year so there is always something new to learn. 

We are delighted to welcome the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Chair of the Central Reader's Council and Bishop of Leicester. Bishop Martyn will provide a national picture of Reader Ministry and encourage us in our ministries.

As well as hearing from this excellent speaker the annual confenerce provides contiuing professional development opportunities for Readers, a chance to network and opportunity to resource your ministry.

Arrivals from 9:30am with refreshments and lunch provided. If you have booked on and find that you are unable to attend, to avoid food waste, please cancel your place through Eventbrite or get in touch with the Central Services Team at St James' House.

We look forward to welcoming all Readers.

Liverpool Cathedral's bookstall will return to the conference for Readers to stock up with a range of books and resources.

Please book your place here.

Venue:
Select Stadium
Lower House Lane
Widnes
WA8 7DZ
LifeCall Reader Taster - 23rd November 2017 and 3rd February 2018
Our diocese has a long proud tradition of encouraging, supporting and sustaining this Lay Ministry. Our Readers are vital parts of the life blood of many churches.

Why not speak with the Warden of Readers to find out what Reader Ministry is really about and the many opportunities for a fulfilling and rewarding ministry.

Discover the selection and discernment process how we train and support Readers - before and after their licensing the opportunities that Reader Ministry offers.

Our next taster sessions are:

23rd November 7pm - 8.30pm
The Ministry Centre
Christ Church
Long Lane
Aughton
L39 5AS
Book here

3rd February 2018 2pm - 4pm
Concert Room
Liverpool Cathedral
St James Mount
Liverpool
L1 7AZ
Book here
Reader Committee Meeting - 12th March 2018
Date for your diary.

Our next Reader Committee meeting will be on Monday 12th March 2018 starting with refreshments at 18.15 at St James' House.

More details will follow.
Reader Selection Interviews - 12th May 2018
Our Reader Selection Interviews are held at St James' House, we take care to help all those who feel called to Reader Ministry to discern whether this is their calling. We want to make sure we have the right people with the skills and abilities to be part of this valuable ministry. 

Our selection panel is made up of Readers and the Warden of Readers, the Selection Day interview is not like a job interview. The process is very informal. What the panel are aiming to do is to get to know you as an individual and to find out as much as we can about the gifts you can offer to Reader ministry.
Summer Study Evenings - 5th/12th/19th June 2018
The evenings are open to ministerial and lay colleagues, so please think about bringing someone along with you.

More details to follow.

Venue:
Select Security Stadium
Home of Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club
Lower House Lane
Widnes
WA8 7DZ
Readers AGM and Licensing 29th September 2018
Our Annual General Meeting is an essential way for Readers across our diocese to find our the shape of our ministry and connect with fellow Readers across our diocese. We will have worship, a number of presentations, updates and Q & A sessions during the morning.

Tea and Coffee available from 11am. Main meeting 11.30am (Please bring your own lunch tea and coffee provided.)

Reader Licensing: 3pm in the main cathedral

Bishop Paul will license the candidates to Reader Ministry. We welcome them, their families, friends and congregations to this service.
Annual Conference - 18th November 2018
As well as hearing from an excellent speaker the annual confenerce provides continuing professional development opportunities for Readers, a chance to network and opportunity to resource your ministry.

Arrivals from 9:30am with refreshments and lunch provided.

We look forward to welcome all Readers.

Venue:
Select Stadium
Lower House Lane
Widnes
WA8 7DZ

More details to follow.