Readers are lay people who have been selected, trained and
licensed by the Bishop of a diocese to preach, teach and lead
worship in a pastoral context. There are more than 10,000 active
Readers in the Church of England. Most are licensed to a parish but
some are chaplains in prisons, hospitals, hospices or schools, a
few are in charge of parishes.
Readers give their services to the Church so do not receive
payment. Readers are supported by a Warden of Readers and a
Secretary in each diocese and by the Central Readers Council based
at Church House, Westminster.
A quarterly magazine provides additional resources and
Please refer to the links section on the right to
access the Readers website.