2014 - First Service as Reader in Training Simone Yallop, August 17th
Recently I started training to become a Lay Reader. On Sunday 17 August 2014 I was given the wonderful opportunity to lead my first service and to preach my first sermon.
A Lay Reader in the Church of England is someone who has been theologically trained and is licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral work. A Lay Reader is not a priest and so may not celebrate the Eucharist but may lead non-Eucharistic services such as Morning Prayer. The office of Lay Reader is voluntary so Lay Readers do this alongside their normal jobs.
As part of my training I have just begun a distance learning course with St. John’s Theological College in Nottingham for their Certificate in Christian Studies. This course will take two to three years. At the same time the practical training in preaching and leading worship takes place here at St. Mary’s under the guidance of our Chaplain Alja.
The service and sermon for 17 August, which had been discussed and agreed with Alja beforehand, had the theme that the Good News of the Gospel is for everyone in the whole world. At the end of the service, during a talk for the children, we sang “He’s got the whole world in His hands”.