Parish Readers

Parish Readers are people of all ages and from all walks of life who have a calling to assist in leading public worship. The next four–week training course begins on Wednesday 23 January 2024 in St Ignatius, Carryduff.

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The role usually involves the reading of liturgy, bible readings, prayers and assisting at Holy Communion. Parish Readers may assist in any or all of the ways outlined above and on a regular or occasional basis depending on how they are needed by the Rector. While the role is normally restricted to involvement in public worship it is significant in its support for clergy leading the service.

Parish Readers should undergo a short training course of 6 weeks before being approved to exercise this ministry. They must also have the support of their Rector before applying.

The approval granted for a Reader will normally last for 3 years and cease on the appointment of a new Rector.

The course covers the following topics:

  • 23 January: The Daily Office and Service of the Word

  • 30 January: Key factors in leading worship and leading intercessions

  • 6 February: Prayer Book Overview – The Collects, calendar and lectionary

  • 13 February Prayer Book Overview – Other useful services and additional resources

There is no cost for the course.

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