Readers in the Church of England are lay people called by God, trained, and licensed by their Bishop. They lead worship, preach and teach about Jesus and the Christian faith, and encourage effective pastoral care and evangelistic ministry.

New Readers - Licensed 2013

New Readers licensed in 2013
Sandra Day (Wrenthorpe),
Sandra Major (Roberttown),
Michelle Petch (Brighouse),
Gillian Robertson (South Ossett),
John Seacome (Chapelthorpe) and
Colin Taylor (Dewsbury).
Please also pray for their families and the parishes in which they are to serve.
Read and see more photos of the service at which they were licensed.

In the diocese of Wakefield there are around 150 licensed Readers, plus nearly 50 emeritus Readers. They play a vital role in our diocese, taking part in and leading thousands of services each year.

Emeritus Readers 2013

Readers’ roles vary depending on the individual and on their church circumstances, but would typically include some liturgical role within services (leading services, reading, giving sermons, helping administer communion) and often work far beyond church walls.

A Reader may help with children’s work, visit the elderly and the sick, be involved with schools work, take funerals, help with baptism preparation, and in many other ways help to spread the Gospel throughout our diocese.

Readers come from every walk of life and men and women are represented more or less in equal numbers. Most often, they serve within the ministry team of a parish, but can also operate at a Deanery or Archdeaconry level or in specialized ‘sector minister’ areas, such as hospital or prison Chaplaincies. They bring to the ministry the insights of one who is actively involved as a Christian in the life of the world.

Equipped by their training, Readers often play a key role in running house groups and Bible study groups. As a person with theological and liturgical training a Reader is able to be a resource to individuals both in the church and the world outside.

In church, Readers can be distinguished from their ordained colleagues by the distinctive blue scarf which licensed Readers wear. ‘Readers’ were formally known as ‘Lay Readers’.


Reader Safeguarding Training 2014

Essential training for Readers in Wakefield and Huddersfield Episcopal Areas:
Download the letter regarding Safeguarding Training from Archdeacon Anne, Warden of Readers.
Download a booking form to email or post to Rachael Salmon by Friday 4 April 2014.

Dates of Safeguarding Training:




Saturday 13 September

Church House Wakefield

10.00am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 8 October

The Mirfield Centre

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Saturday 8 November

Church House Wakefiel

10.00am - 1.00pm


Reader Bulletin Boards                      

Readers: Bulletin Board - September 2014

Readers: Bulletin Board - March 2014

Readers: Bulletin Board - January 2014


Ven Anne Dawtry

If you would like to know more about the work of a Reader, or explore your own possible calling, please contact the Warden of Readers, Ven Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax – 01484  714553 – or speak to your incumbent (Vicar, Rector or priest).

John Lawson

For information on Reader training, contact the Director of Training, Canon John Lawson – 01924 380182.

Part time Training Officer (Reader Formation), Lesley Anne Mattacks - 01924 283533

Jeff Heaton, Readers Secretary - 01422 379144




For more background information see the national Readers’ website. This site enables a download of the latest Reader magazine.


Continuing Ministerial Training for Readers
This programme covers a range of topics designed to assist Readers in their continuing ministry. Those undertaking or preparing for other Christian ministries are often welcome to join with Readers in these sessions.
Contact: Lesley Anne Mattacks - 01484 531532.

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