Reader Ministry

Welcome to the Readers Page!

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.    Matthew 28:19-20

It is our commission to Teach and Preach.


Leominster Priory

September 22 2018

The programme for the day is as follows:

09.30   Rehearsal in the Priory Church for Readers to be Licensed and Admitted

10.15   Robe in the Norman Nave

10.30   Service of Licensing. Admission and Rededication

12.00   Buffet lunch in the Norman Nave

13.00   Guest Speaker: Rev'd David Runcorn, (Assoc. Dir. of Ordinands and Warden of Readers, Gloucester Diocese) 'Readers as teachers of the faith'

14.00   Short comfort break

14.10   Annual General Meeting

15.00   Closing prayers and depart


President: Bishop of Hereford, Rt Revd Richard Frith

Warden: Revd Dr John Daniels (j.daniels@hereford.anglican.org; 01584 871084)

Deanery Sub-Wardens: to find your nearest Sub-Warden please click here.

In its current form in the Church of England, the office of Reader was established in 1866. Since then, the growth in Reader ministry has been a great success story and there are now over 10,000 Readers, of whom there are around 80 active in Hereford Diocese. It is the only lay ministry which is voluntary, nationally accredited, episcopally licensed and governed by Canon. In church, Readers can be distinguished from their ordained colleagues by the distinctive blue Readers' scarf.

Readers exercise what is sometimes called a teaching and preaching ministry within a pastoral context. They lead worship, teach and preach, and are engaged in a great variety of other roles according to their context - for example: pastoral work, leading Bible study groups, baptism, confirmation and marriage preparation, school assemblies, taking funerals...

They are sometimes described as 'lay theologians': their close contact with everyday situations helping them to interpret the Gospel, and to proclaim Christ's teaching both in the Church and well beyond it. Many are involved in planting new congregations and in building bridges between Church on the one hand and workplace or community on the other.

All Readers in the Diocese of Hereford, once licensed, become members of the Readers Association. Readers meet annually, usually in September or October, to worship together in the company of the Bishop of Hereford and to welcome new Readers. There is a business meeting complete with a speaker on some topical issue.


If you wish to talk to someone about becoming a Reader, please contact the Warden of Readers.

Click here to download the leaflet On Becoming a Reader.

Click here to download Bishop Richard's address at the 2017 Reader Admission service.

Click here to download the prayer used by Debbie Thrower in her address to the 2017 Readers' Assembly, and the list of books to which she referred.

The Hereford Diocesan Readers' Association (HDRA) Committee meets quarterly; Readers receive a quarterly bulletin with a summary of business and news. Readers' events are posted on the Diocesan Web-site Notice Board.

Click here to access the Central Readers' Council website.