On Sunday 24 September 2023, Derek Kirkaldie, Graham Dorkins and Simon Pooley will be admitted to the office of Reader in the Church and licensed to exercise that ministry in the Diocese. The service takes place at Canterbury Cathedral at 5.30pm and is open to the public.
Alternatively, you can watch a live stream of the service here.
Readers are lay ministers of the Word with a passion for sharing the Gospel. Like their clergy colleagues, they have completed a process of discernment and theological studies as part of their ministerial formation.
They are licensed by the Bishop to exercise a varied ministry which will include:
- Teaching the faith
- Enabling mission in everyday life
- Leadership in church and the wider community.
All sorts of people are called to Reader ministry because disciples of Jesus come from all walks of life. The ministry of Readers (or ‘Licensed Lay Ministers’) is a transferable and voluntary ministry within the Church of England.
Meet our readers to be licensed this year ...