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News Archives

19th November 2019
Transforming Ministry: Advent Resources
Advent book reviews
22nd July 2019
The 2019 Oxford LLM Conference
The 2019 LLM Conference for Oxford Diocese took place at the Milton Hill House Hotel near Abingdon from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June.
7th November 2018
Congratulations to our new Lincoln Reader colleagues
Licensed by Bishop Christopher, in Lincoln Cathedral on the 27th October 2018
7th November 2018
The arrival of Doctor Who in the trade mark ‘Reader blue’ telephone box was not a complete surprise!
Reader ministry is evolving? Where’s it going, but more importantly, where is it now? The results of the Bath and Wells annual survey of Reader ministry for 2017 makes some very interesting reading.
3rd July 2018
CRC Appointment
The Bishop of Leicester, as Chair of the Central Readers’ Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth Haldane as Reader Training Project Manager.
25th June 2018
Living Well in the End Times
Licensed Lay Ministers learn about Living Well in the End Times
30th April 2018
We are recruiting…
for a Reader Training Project Manager
10th April 2018
Database Administrator to CRC
There is a vacancy for the part-time post of Database Administrator to CRC
27th March 2018
What Now?
Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester and Chair of CRC introduces our recent consultations on the future of the Reader Ministry.
27th March 2018
Teaching the Faith
Paula Gooder (Reader and Director of Mission Learning and Development for the Diocese of Birmingham) spoke at one of our recent consultations on the future of Reader ministry.
12th March 2018
This year's AGM will take place on Saturday 21 April in Birmingham starting at 1100hrs.
29th January 2018
Opinions Wanted
The Central Readers’ Council – what is God calling us to be and to do?
22nd January 2018
Translated from the Latin?
What have Readers ever done for us? (With apologies to Monty Python's ‘Life of Brian’. All names used are entirely fictitious . . . . .)
16th January 2018
Congratulations Roy!
Roy Tricker (Reader - St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Readers) has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Heritage in Suffolk (Ipswich, Suffolk).
18th October 2017
Congratulations to new Readers - Licensed in Lincoln Cathedral 7th October 2017
During the Service, the Bishop of Grantham - The Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain Admitted & Licenced five new Readers.
18th October 2017
Lincoln Readers Retreat, but only as far as Willersley Castle
30 Lincoln Readers spent their autumn Weekend Retreat at Willersley Castle, Cromford, near Matlock, Derbyshire.
18th October 2017
Readers reward Prayer Book Society confidence
Enthusiastic Church of England Readers from across the country attended this year’s special training day in London’s St Marylebone Parish Church, planned to help them make better use of The Book of Common Prayer.
18th October 2017
A celebration of Reader Ministry
Over 130 Readers from across the Diocese of Bath & Wells gathered on Saturday 7th October at the Blue School in Wells and later in the Cathedral to celebrate their ministry.
22nd June 2017
Oxford Get Together
The Oxford LLM Conference took place over the weekend (9th-11th June), attended by over 100 LLMs, the Bishop Andrew Proud of Reading (warden) and Phillip Tovey (deputy warden) among others.
16th February 2017
Regenerating the Church - Dr Who, The Tardis and Time Travel
Portsmouth Diocesan Readers’ Conference (27th – 29th January 2017, Burlington Hotel, Sandown, IOW)
16th February 2017
WANTED - Editor for The Reader magazine
If you are interested in applying for the role please contact Marion Gray by 15th March 2017.
16th February 2017
The Bishop of Oxford visits
Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft is the new Bishop of Oxford, and he has wasted no time in arranging to visit all 28 deaneries in his Diocese!
17th November 2016
WANTED - A New Associate Secretary to the Central Readers' Council
There is a vacancy for the part-time post of Associate Secretary to CRC.
10th November 2016
The End of an Era
Bishop Robert retires after 7 years as Chair of the Central Readers' Council
18th October 2016
Following On
Bishop of Leicester to chair Central Readers’ Council
18th October 2016
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! "
Congratulations to new Lincoln Readers - Licensed during their Annual Service and Celebration of 150 years of Reader Ministry!
26th July 2016
WANTED - A New Secretary to the Central Readers' Council
There is a vacancy from 2017 for the part-time post of Secretary to The Central Readers’ Council
5th May 2016
150 Not Out
A service to commemorate the 150th anniversary ofthe establishment of modern Reader ministry. In the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and led by the Archbishop of York.
12th March 2016
CRC AGM - St Botolph Without (Aldgate)
This is to give notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Central Readers’ Council will take place this year on Saturday 16th April 2016 in Central London.
12th March 2016
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Attend Ascension Day Service
We can now announce that HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the Central Readers’ Council, will attend the service of thanksgiving for 150 years of Reader ministry on Ascension Day at All Souls, Langham Place.
25th February 2016
Suffering with Christ
A collective exploration of Lent with the Readers of Peterborough Diocese
29th October 2015
Licensing in the Historic Diocese of Bradford
Readers admitted and licensed in the Historic Bradford Diocese for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales by the Bishop of Bradford the Rt. Rev'd Dr Toby Howarth
29th October 2015
Six New Readers for the Lincoln Diocese
Reader Licensing Service in Lincoln Cathedral 10th October 2015
30th June 2015
Bishop Robert has tasked the Conferences Committee on behalf of the Central Readers Council to organise a celebration event in July 2016 to mark 150 years of Reader Ministry, as “a gift to the Church from the CRC”.
18th June 2015
It really is amazing how much can be accomplished in such a short time!
The Central Readers’ Council Annual General Meeting 2015.
5th November 2014
New Readers and a New Warden for Lincoln
TheLincoln Diocese Annual Licensing Service admitted nine new Readers and commissioned a new Warden of Readers.
30th September 2014
New Readers for West Yorkshire and the Dales
New Readers admitted and licensed by Bishop Tom Butler on Saturday September 27th 2014.
5th August 2014
Let's Celebrate
On Ascension Day 1866 the order of Readers was re-inaugurated, and in 2016 we'll be celebrating 150 years since that historic event.
24th July 2014
WW1 Centenary Commemoration
Roots has produced an all-age service to commemorate the beginning of the First World War.
11th June 2014
Strengthen for Service
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has launched a new course for clergy, Readers and other lay worship leaders to give them more confidence in managing music in their parish churches.
1st June 2014
AGM Headlines
A summary of key decisions/actions from the 2014 CRC AGM
1st June 2014
A truly inspirational conference
6th April 2014
Chair to Chair?
Chrysogon hands over to Gertrud
17th March 2014
Jenny Williams
6th May 2013
Readers are Refreshed
To reflect current trends, the Reader badge and logo has been given a make-over and was launched at the annual meeting of the Central Readers’ Council in London in April.
5th March 2013
Bookings now open!
National Readers Conference and AGM; 4-6 April 2014
1st February 2013
Central Readers' Council AGM 2013
A reminder that the AGM this year is on Saturday April 20th, starting with coffee at 10:30am.
15th October 2012
New Lincoln Readers
13th October 2012 - Bishop Tim Admitted & Licensed 8 New Readers in Lincoln Cathedral
15th October 2012
7 new Readers admitted.
14th March 2012
First three symposium papers are now available!
For a quick link use the New on the Site links
14th March 2012
Nothing happened, nor should it have done!
The symposium papers will be made available - soon!
17th November 2011
New Readers for Bradford Diocese
On Saturday, September 24th, many of the Readers from across the diocese gathered in Giggleswick for their annual conference, AGM and service.
6th September 2011
Book Now!!
Booking for the CRC National Conference 2012 in Swanwick is now open. Book Now!
5th August 2011
Following in the Footsteps of the Northern Saints
Lincoln Diocese Pilgrimage to Durham
5th August 2011
Reader Reckoning
Nigel Holmes raises some of the issues facing the Church of England today, with the emphasis on ministry and lay ministry in particular. What do you think? Respond on the Reader Forum.
8th June 2011
Being God's People
What should a Reader be doing, as a lay theologian? The confirmation and discipleship handbook.
8th June 2011
Ripon and Leeds Triennial Relicensing
Ripon Cathedral - 25th May 2011
1st November 2010
Fresh expressions sees first ever Readership training
A network of fresh expressions of church in Liverpool is breaking new ground by becoming the first to conduct Readership training.
30th October 2010
New Readers for Bradford Diocese - September 25th 2010
It was a beautiful sunny day at St John’s Yeadon for the Bradford Diocesan Readers’ Association conference (‘Trustees of Creation’), the AGM and annual diocesan service.
30th October 2010
Jesus is indeed Lord, even in the Internet Age! [CRC Conference (Lancaster) July 2010]
I recently attended the National Conference at the University of Lancaster, for I knew, from experience, that networking with other Readers, from every sort of background and locations, was always productive - Philip Johnson
10th June 2010
Advance information for conference
Location and travel details for the CRC conference in Lancaster. Has been added to the event-see Event Diary.
22nd February 2010
Celebrate Selwyn, 1881 - 2010
An opportunity to meet to give thanks to God both for the Selwyn course and for the particular contributions made by Dr Sweet and Tony Hawkins.
3rd February 2010
Elections to Central Readers' Council and Subcommittees
There will be elections at the AGM on 24th April 2010 for all non-appointed positions on the Central Readers’ Council Executive committee and its sub-committees.
20th November 2009
Celebrating 40th Anniversary of the admission of women as Readers!
On St Hildas Day Lincoln Diocese celebrated the 40th Anniversary of women to Reader Ministry.
19th November 2009
Celebration of Reader Ministry
On 3rd October 2009, Roger Atkinson (St. George's Swallowbeck - Lincoln) of the Lincoln Diocese, celebrated 40 years of Reader Ministry!
19th November 2009
Anticipating the coming King…. Readings & Prayers through Advent
New St John’s Advent Book 2009 now available!
18th May 2009
It was Christmas time
when this story started……………..
11th May 2009
Preaching in the Age of the Internet
2010 National Readers' Conference announced - put it in your diary now - 23rd to 25th July 2010
4th May 2009
Readers Swoop on Bradford
Reader officials and representatives from around the Church of England descended on Bradford for this years CRC AGM.
26th January 2009
John Field
John Field died on 17 January, aged 76. A thanksgiving service is being planned for him in Rochester Cathedral.
26th January 2009
Selwyn Announces Speakers
Speakers and topics for the 2009 Selwyn Summer Course are announced
23rd January 2009
Welcome to Bishop Robert
New Chair for Central Readers’ Council
7th December 2008
National Advisor for Quality in Reader Education
National Advisor for Quality in Reader Education required
7th December 2008
Lincoln Reader celebrates 40 years
John Davies recently celebrated 40 years as a Reader.
7th December 2008
Lincoln Licensing 2008
Readers licensed to Lincoln Diocese
7th December 2008
Newcastle Licensing
New Readers in the Diocese of Newcastle
29th October 2008
Wakefield licensing 2008
29th October 2008
Salisbury licensing 2008
New LLMs just admitted and licensed by the Bishop of Ramsbury at Salisbury Cathedral on 4th October, with preacher Ven. Christopher Lowson.
29th October 2008
Bishop makes awards
The Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern, presented his Bishop's Badge to 12 people at Derby Cathedral on Sunday October 5th
7th July 2008
Reader Upbeat motion passed by Synod
Following debate, Synod passed a motion to welcome the Reader Upbeat report.
27th June 2008
Reader Review Survey Results
The full report of the Reader Review Survey - which formed an input into the Reader Upbeat! report.
23rd June 2008
'Embracing the Covenant' to be debated in Synod
Due for debate in the General Synod at York where its reference number is GS 1691 on Monday 7 July from 9.45-c.11.15am.
17th June 2008
Reader Upbeat - Report Published!
Final report of the working group on review of Reader ministry
18th March 2008
Passionate about The Passion
Reader Lorraine Butterfield (Ripon and Leeds), reads from Mark's Gospel to help get the message across on BBC Leeds website.
24th August 2007
From darkness into light
Exhibition to be held from 6 -16 September 2007 in the Bishop’s Palace, Hereford. Also event in Monmouth - 9th September 2007.
24th August 2007
Manchester Readers licensed
Five Readers licensed and six received their Emeritus Status Certificates.
7th August 2007
Amazing grace!
Mike Haywood has completed his 3 paintings entitled "Amazing Grace, which portray John Newton's dramatic religious conversion on board his storm tossed ship in the middle of the Atlantic.
22nd May 2007
Amazing triptych
Mike Haywood has been given permission to use his local church in Cornwall as a studio in which to paint a triptych entitled "Amazing Grace".
21st May 2007
Maundy Thursday in Manchester
Of the 81 men and 81 women selected to receive Maundy gifts this year in Manchester Cathedral, 18 of them were Reader Emeriti from the Manchester Diocese.
1st April 2007
Why study Genesis?
The Anglican Centre in Rome has changed the dates for the previously advertised course on Genesis.
27th February 2007
Central Readers' Council Vacancies
The Central Readers' Council is looking for: Editor for The Reader magazine, Associate Secretary and Chair of the Editorial Committee.
19th January 2007
Readers are asked if they want to be ordained deacon
The Church Times reports that more than 10% of Readers have so far responded to a questionnaire asking them about their ministry.
12th November 2006
Mark Russell, Reader and Youngest ever Church Army Chief Executive Commissioned by Archbishop of Canterbury
Mark Russell, admitted and licensed as a Reader in 2002, has been commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chief Executive Officer for the Church Army.
19th October 2006
It has been a busy September in Lincoln Diocese!
A Study Day with Bishop John Saxbee, Lincoln Diocese Readers Conference 2006 and Governing Body Meeting at Horncastle
23rd September 2006
Say what you think!
The Bishops’ Committee of Ministry want your views on Reader Ministry
21st September 2006
Reader Ministry Review
The Committee for Ministry of the House of Bishops has appointed a group to review Reader Ministry.
21st September 2006
What has been going on in Winchester?
Mike Cranston and Simon Baker have been looking at Reader activity in the Diocese of Winchester. And their conclusion…
20th September 2006
Long service in Hereford
Hereford Diocese praises the work of dedicated Readers who have served the Lord in their own ministries.
20th September 2006
Lightening bolt can help us get back to basics for mission says Church Army
How do you encourage Christians to 'Get Out More' for mission? Easy, according to Church Army who have selected 'Get Out More' as the theme for Church Army Sunday- held this coming Sunday on 24th September.
22nd July 2006
You can't be a Christian and leave out the awkward bits
Tuesday 11th July at 5.30pm at Sheffield Cathedral the Rt Revd John Gladwin, The Bishop of Chelmsford, admitted 10 men and 4 women from Church Army’s Wilson Carlile College of Evangelism to the office of Evangelist within the Anglican Church.
22nd July 2006
Times they are a changing
News from the Diocese of Southwark
19th July 2006
What does the future hold for Reader Ministry?
The Chair's address from the 2006 CRC AGM in Newcastle
18th June 2006
How's it going in Bradford?
Reader News from Bradford Diocese
21st May 2006
Reader Review group to meet in July
Following Nigel Holmes' motion at General Synod in February 2006, the House of Bishops' Committee for Ministry has established a group to review the situation and report.
4th April 2006
Lincoln publish Reader Report
A report on Reader Ministry in the Diocese of Lincoln, incorporating The Ministerial Review Survey, 2005. With conclusions in the form of observations, proposals and recommendations.
5th March 2006
"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young”. [1 Tim 4 v 12]
Younger Readers’ Conference - London Colney - Friday, 9th to Sunday, 11th June 2006
8th February 2006
Synod requests review of Reader Ministry development
General Synod has requested a study into how the office of Readers should be developed and Readers more fully and effectively deployed, in the light of the introduction of a great variety of patterns of voluntary local ministry.
29th January 2006
Releasing the Potential
A Report on the Portsmouth Diocese Annual Readers' Conference 2006
21st January 2006
Readers to be debated in General Synod
The proliferation of new categories of minister, both ordained and lay, appears to have resulted in a feeling of marginalisation amongst some Readers and is adversely affecting morale. Nigel Holmes has put forward a motion for debate.
24th October 2005
Mission with a cuppa from Church Army
What have Starbucks and the UK's leading Anglican home mission agency got in common? From next spring Starbucks stores in the US have decided to put a religious message on its coffee cups.
13th October 2005
Associate Secretary for CRC
Barbara Coleman was yesterday (12th October) formally appointed to the post of Associate Secretary to CRC, a role that she has been carrying out unoficially for some three months.
4th September 2005
Anglican Ministry to the Persian Community in Britain
In recent years the Iranian community living in Britain has increased and a growing number have been enquiring about Christian faith or seeking asylum because of their faith. Bassi Mirzania has been called to minister to these pastoral needs.
16th April 2005
The Dioceses Converge
Representatives of Reader ministry from across the Church of England converged on Church House, Westminster for the 2005 Central Readers’ Council AGM.
30th March 2005
A Grievance Procedure for Clergy and Licensed or Accredited Lay Ministers exercising ministry within the Church of England
Under Authority, the report of a General Synod working party reviewing discipline, recommended that there should be a grievance resolution procedure for clergy.
1st March 2005
New Associate Secretary Sought
The Central Readers' Council is looking for a new Associate Secretary to replace Canon Philip McDonough who resigned recently.
28th February 2005
29 year's service to the Diocese of London's Ministry Department
Sheila Gibbs has retired after 29 year's service as Executive Assistant.
28th February 2005
A Resource for the 21st Century
The 28th February sees the launch of the new National Readers' Website, with information and resources aimed at helping Readers across the Church to fulfil their office.


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