Glossary

  • Priest-in-charge

    Priest who is responsible for a parish where for pastoral reasons the diocesan bishop does not wish to grant the freehold and thus make the priest an incumbent. 

  • Psalter

    A psalter is a volume containing the Book of Psalms.

  • Reader

    A person authorised by a bishop for lay ministry including leading public worship

  • Rector

    Title of clergy of certain parishes. (Like Vicar)

  • Religious orders

    Groups of men or women, clergy or laity, who bind themselves in a life-long commitment and fellowship according to a monastic discipline or rule.

  • Renewal and Reform

    The programme of initiatives spearheaded by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to contribute to the common good, facilitate the growth of the church in numbers and depth of discipleship and re-imagine the church's ministry

  • Service

    An act of public worship

  • Stops

    A set of pipes of a similar tone in an organ.

  • Synod

    An assembly of clergy and non-clergy church members to discuss and debate church matters. They can meet as a deanery, a diocese or a General Synod.

  • Verger

    Vergers lead processions in the church as well as being involved in the day to day running of the church. They are voluntary roles.