The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, will admit and licence five people to serve as Readers in parishes in the Diocese of York, in a service at York Minster on Saturday 26th September.
A Reader is a trained lay minister, who holds the Archbishop’s Licence to preach, teach and carry out pastoral and other work on a voluntary basis alongside the clergy, typically in their home parish. People in all walks of life are called to serve as Readers; there are now over 200 Readers active in the Diocese of York.
Warden of Readers for the Diocese of York, the Venerable Sam Rushton, said, “God is at work doing new things even in the midst of a pandemic – it’s a real joy to present our new Archbishop with five very different people, each with their own stories of life and faith, and each of them called to serve God and their own communities in this special way.”
- Close family and friends of the candidates will attend the service, although due to COVID-19 restrictions the public cannot be admitted on this occasion. Core parts of the service will be live streamed from about 10.30am at www.facebook.com/DioceseOfYork (no Facebook account or login required).
Details of the candidates and the parishes in which they will serve appear below.