Rules and procedures

Liturgical Dress

Bishops' Regulations state that the normal dress of Readers for liturgical duties is cassock, surplice, hood of degree (where appropriate, that is, if you have one) and plain blue scarf. A cassock alb may be worn at the Holy Communion if this is the custom of your parish.

The style of cassock and surplice that you choose is up to you; it is probably best to fit in with your church's tradition.

The Reader's blue scarf should not be embellished with embroidery, or a Reader's badge. Readers do not wear pectoral crosses over their vestments. A Reader who is appointed Canon wears the badge of this office on his/her scarf. 

Bishops' Regulations

These rules (which incorporate parts of Canon Law which apply to Readers) set out the formal rules for Reader ministry and apply nationally.

Bishops' Regulations

Grievance Procedure

There is a national procedure for licensed ministers (lay and clergy) which you can use if you feel that you have a grievance that needs to be resolved. However, please consider carefully whether a mediated conversation - with which the Warden and Assistant Wardens can help - or another informal way of proceeding may help you better.

Grievance Procedure

Funeral fees

Readers who take funerals in the Sheffield Diocese are able to claim expenses and two thirds of the Diocesan fee. The letter setting this out can be downloaded below. For these purposes a Reader is a non-stipendiary minister. Readers should be aware that this only applies to this diocese and in many dioceses Readers receive no remuneration for funerals. This is material if you are asked to take a funeral in a nearby parish that is not in the diocese.

Funeral fees