Bulletin Board

Annual Return

From September 2018, all Readers, except those who have had a fiveyearly review in the past year are expected to make a return of their activities to the Warden for the previous 12 months.

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The Diocese has endorsed the new handbook for Readers: A Guide to Good Practice for Readers and Incumbents. Every Reader should read this and put it into practice.

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Safeguarding training

Click on this link to find a list of the courses that have been organised. They are colour coded to make them easier to navigate

Readers with a licence or PTO who are in active ministry should be trained to C3 level. You can do this in a number of ways:

·      A full day C3 course (green)

·      A split C3 course over two sessions (green)

·      A C1 (blue) +  a C2 course (yellow), which will give you the equivalent to C3. Most C2 courses are aimed at particular roles in the church such as Wardens or youth leaders, but some Readers will be eligible for these as well.

·      Readers who are 70+ will find that there is a C3 course for people with PTO (orange)

Please make sure that you book yourself onto an appropriate course this year. You can do this by contacting Chris Herbert  Please direct any questions about safeguarding courses to him direct.


13 new Readers


On 16th September we were delighted to license 13 new Readers to work in the Diocese at the Celebration of Lay MInistries in Doncaster Minister

Warden and assistant wardens

Imogen Clout is the Warden. You may contact her on 0114 2686645 or email

Assistant Wardens: Ian Watson (Sheffield), email Ian

Beryl Adamson (Doncaster), email Beryl

Peter Rainford (Rotherham) email Peter

Webpage editor for the Readers' Executive Newsletter

The Readers' Association Executive Committee is looking for a webpage editor to keep the webpages up to date and run a virtual magazine for Readers. The web page editing is not difficult and full training and support will be provided.

Please contact Beryl Adamson (present chair and deputy Warden) or Imogen Clout, (Warden) if you would like to take on this interesting role. Travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.

2016 Yearbook

The Readers’ Association Executive  decided to mark the 150th Anniversary of Reader Ministry by creating a record of all the Readers in the Diocese. This is a little like a high school year book, with a page for each Reader with a photograph and some information about him or her. In this way we  celebrated the diversity of our Association and the contribution it makes to the life of the Church and the community.

This is now available as a CD Rom and can be ordered from the Treasurer for £2 to cover materials, postage and packing

PTO renewal

Readers who are 70+ or who will have their 70th birthday in the 12 months before each year's AGM  have a Permission to Officiate rather than a Bishop's Licence. This is a national rule.

A PTO can last for 12,24 or 36 months. Readers, in consultation with their incumbents and PCC can select the length of time that seems most suitable for them

The renewal form can also be downloaded from here, if it is mislaid.

PTO renewal form

5 year reviews

Every Reader who is under 70 has his/her ministry reviewed by another Reader (peer review) every 5 years. Readers who are due a review in 2018 will be getting a letter from the Warden by February 2018 If your ministry was last reviewed in 2013, or you were admitted as a Reader that year, you should expect a letter. Please make sure that the Warden has your up to date contact details.

You must make sure that your DBS check is up to date. In addition your reviewer will want to see evidence that your safeguarding training is up to date.

You should also have worked out a Ministry Agreement with your incumbent that you take the time to review as part of this process.

Download Ministry Agreement here

Download .pdf Review Form here  Download Word Review Form here

Dates for your Diary

Dates for training events are shown on the CMD and Training pages. Use the tab to the left of the screen to access these.