About Us

There are currently more than 160 licensed Readers living, serving and working in the Newcastle Diocese as well as those who are currently in training.  These Readers work collaboratively with clergy and others in churches and communities across the Diocese.  Some Readers live and work in small rural communities, and worship in churches among small but committed congregations.  Others serve and worship in busy city centre churches, with diverse, both regular and transient, congregations. Our cathedral church of St Nicholas, in the centre of Newcastle, also has three Readers.
 
Depending upon their own particular calling, gifts and interests, Readers undertake a wide range of activities.  Listed below are some of the activities Readers in the Diocese have undertaken in recent years:
 
Helping others to develop their faith and discipleship:

 
  • Baptism preparation for families
  • Wedding preparation for couples
  • Leading or assisting in funeral services
  • Leading all age worship
  • Preparing children and adults for confirmation
  • Leading ‘Faith & Life’ courses
  • Leading Bible or study groups including the local prisons
  • Leading and learning, through Lent, Advent and other regular home groups
  • Working with children and young people in schools, Sunday School, Holiday Clubs, Easter workshops, etc.
  • Leading discipleship courses
  • Helping people to pray, through:
    • men’s prayers cells
    • creative prayer groups
    • Healing / prayer groups
    • quiet mornings
    • morning and evening prayer
    • meditative prayer and reflective services
 
Pastoral Work:
 
  • hospital visiting and chaplaincy
  • supporting the housebound and elderly
  • ‘Drop in’ centre for young people
  • supporting and ministering to colleagues in the workplace
  • Diocesan Healing Team
  • bereavement support
  • Young Offenders Institutions;
  • Air and Sea Cadets
  • Metro Centre and supermarkets.

Leading Worship – in churches, schools, hospitals, sheltered housing, care homes and in many other situations.
 
Preaching Sermons – more than 1500 sermons are preached by Readers in the Newcastle Diocese each year.
 
Taking funerals – many of our Readers have been trained and licensed to conduct funerals.
 
Readers are encouraged to discern and develop their own particular gifts and skills, and to agree with their incumbent (Vicar) how they can best use their gifts to serve God and others in the community where they live and work, and/or in the church and parish where they worship.  Each Reader will have their own distinctive ministry, shaped by their own gifts and interests and by the needs of the community in which they serve.  
 

 

(Updated September 2016)