New Licenced Lay Minister
On a stunningly beautiful day in Chichester Cathedral five new Lay Ministers were admitted and licensed to the office of Reader in the church by the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham.
Among those licensed was Lesley Lynn a new Reader in our parish of Frant with Eridge.
What is a Reader? We know you are bound to ask.....
Readers are lay people in the Church of England, from all walks of life, who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.
The office of Reader is the only lay ministry in the Church of England which is voluntary, nationally accredited, Episcopally licensed and governed by canon. There are now over 10,000 Readers, with men and women represented almost equally.
Supporters from Eridge and Frant travelled to Chichester to support Lesley and by kind permission of Bishop Martin enjoyed tea in the Sherborne room at the Palace afterwards.
From the Licencing and Admission service for Readers:
"As members together of his body, Christ calls us to minister in his name and, according to our gifts, to be instruments of his love in the world. Within this ministry, Readers are called to serve the Church of God and to work together with clergy and other ministers. They are to lead public worship, to preach and teach the word of God, to assist at the eucharist and to share in pastoral and evangelistic work. As authorized lay ministers, they are to encourage the ministries of God’s people, as the Spirit distributes gifts among us all. They are called to help the whole Church to participate in God’s mission to the world. "