Ongoing Ministerial Development (OMD) and Training

OMD record

Readers should take their continuing education and training very seriously. it is a vital part of our rootedness in the Gospel and our response to the living word.

Readers should try to keep a record of the OMD that they take part in each year.

To help you do this there is a record sheet which you can download in two formats: Word, so you can type into it, or .pdf, so that you can print it off and fill it in by hand. Please note that the Word version may change its formatting of your computer so you may need to change the fonts and realign it to make it look right.

OMD Record Word  OMD Record pdf

There is a wide variety of courses available. On this page we list

  • those which the Readers' Association has organised or helped to organise. Readers are not restricted to these courses, and must take responsibility for making sure that they experience a wide variety of educational opportunities
  • other courses which have been brought to our attention which we feel that may be of particular interest to Readers

Diocesan Events

OMD funding - Pamela Richardson fund

OMD provided by the Readers' Association via St Peter's College is free to Readers.

Other courses may have charges. Readers can get financial help for these, either from the Central Readers Council Adams-Myland fund or from the diocesan Readers' Association which has set aside a fund in memory of Pamela Richardson to assist Readers in the diocese with the costs of OMD.

Adams-Myland Fund Application Form

Pamela Richardson Fund Application Form 

St Peter's College Membership

For many helpful resources, courses and events that will enhance your continuing ministerial development, please activate your membership with St Peter's College, the diocesan learning community for mission and ministry.

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Readers' Association OMD monthly sessions

There is a training event at (generallly) Church House, Rotherham each month (except August) in the first week of the month, on Tuesday or Wednesday

Church House will be open from 6.15 so that Readers coming straight from work can have something to eat beforehand. Refreshments - sandwiches and fruit - will be provided.The teaching part of the evening will start at 7.00 and run to 9.15.

If you cannot attend, you will be able to access notes (and sometimes a recording of the talk) from this web page.

Comments from Readers about the first  series:

"A pleasant evening of fellowship..."

"A very helpful and inspiring evening"  "A very constructive session.." "Really enjoyed the talk ...Informative and interesting."

"Affirming for those who prepare alone - refreshing to have other's thoughts."

Please book for each session that you wish to attend using the link provided. If Eventbrite defeats you, or you want to see if there is a chance of a very late place after booking has closed please contact the Warden direct.

Each Reader is expected to attend at least two of these sessions in the year in addition to other training/learning





Booking and Notes

3rd July Pastoral Care Skills - a refresher course Revd Karen Skidmore  

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4th September Readers and Fresh Expressions of Church Mark Cockayne  

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2nd October The challenges of funerals Mike Reeder  

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6th November Preaching from Luke and Acts Bill Goodman  

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4th December


Walking into Advent - a reflective practice evening

Imogen Clout  

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8th January

An Overview of Jeremiah

An opportunity to start the year with some bible study.  We’ll immerse ourselves in the riches of one of the great biblical books (which features in the lectionary later in the year) as it presents the message of this most passionate and persevering of Old Testament prophets. 

Led by Dan Christian, Associate Vicar at All Saints Ecclesall.  

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5th February

Disability and Worship - theology and language

How do we understand ‘disability’?  Who does it involve and how might it influence the way we relate to particular people?  How will our understanding in this area affect the way we design and lead worship services?

Led by Katie Tupling, our diocesan Bishops’ Advisor for Disability and Inclusion, formerly Vicar of Dore and Priest-in-charge of Totley.  

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5th March

or Monday 4th March in evening

The Bishop of Sheffield's Annual Lecture

"Imagining the Good News"

+Stephen Cottrell See Diocesand booking arrangements for details

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3rd April

Resources for Small Groups

Many of us are involved in various kinds of small groups, some of us as leaders.  These groups can enrich the discipleship of those who are part of them in all kinds of ways – if they are well led and well resourced.   Join us for an evening to explore suitable materials, both established and new and to think about how we can best use them

Christine Gore, Director of Formation for Ministry and Principal of St Peter's College.  

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7th May

Open the Book

‘Open the Book’ is a Bible Society project which offers primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible. A growing number of church members of all ages are involved in teams presenting these stories in their local schools.  Find out more about this exciting and fun way to help bring the bible to life among children in our communities

Fiona Walton from Christians and Sheffield Schools.  

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12th June

Readers' AGM at St Alban, Wickersley

Topic to be announced


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3rd July

Creating Labyrinths and Prayer Spaces

How can we help ourselves and those among whom we minister to deepen our prayer lives?  Spend an evening exploring creative and imaginative possibilities, some arising from ancient traditions such as the use of a labyrinth, others from more recent experience.

Roger Makin,  Reader at St Timothy’s, Crookes  

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Archive of past sessions