Training for Lay Preachers

You have a great story to tell

The Diocesan Ministry Council organised a great event for lay people involved in or exploring a preaching ministry. Participants came from the north, south and west of the Diocese to hear from Canon Kesh Govan and Brendon Mannyx. “Don’t be boring!,” Kesh said while encouraging the attentive group to tell God’s story and their story. Katherine Lindsay began the day by leading people in extended contemplative prayer. Brendon Mannyx focussed on the spirituality of leadership. The day was summed up this way, “I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was so glad I came. I feel more encouraged in what we are trying to do in my parish!”.

Reigniting the pioneering of ministry of Lay Reader

In some opening remarks, the Bishop confirmed that he was re-establishing the ministry of Lay Readers in the Diocese. Readers are well recognised in the Church of England as lay people, 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. Bishop Peter recalled how Christian mission and ministry expanded in our Diocese through lay people who led services and taught the Christian faith. Lay Readers are part of a pioneering spirit – women and men who take a significant part in proclaiming the faith and nurturing people’s spirituality.