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martinA message from the Reverend Canon Martin Stephenson, Warden of Readers.

Welcome to the Birmingham Readers' Association website. Readers in the Diocese of Birmingham minister in a variety of different situations from parish to workplace chaplaincy, and bring an extraordinary range of gifts into ministry in Christ's name: preaching the Gospel, leading study groups, assisting in pastoral ministry, connecting a world of work and social need with our worship, drawing on insights from daily life and many realms of experience.

Over 200 Readers are licensed by the Bishop in this Diocese for a ministry of preaching and teaching in a pastoral context. Bishop David Urquhart is a strong supporter of Reader ministry and values the ways in which Readers help the church to be aware of God's mission and to demonstrate God's transforming power in the world. We are keen to develop Reader ministry among all age groups and with people from as broad an experience of life as is truly representative of Birmingham and the surrounding region.

We hope you find here information either to support you in your own ministry or to encourage you in your exploration of what Readers are about, but if you want to find out more contact one of the Assistant Wardens, who are Readers in different parts of the Diocese, or me, the Reverend Martin Stephenson, Vicar of St Peter's Hall Green and the Warden of Readers for the Diocese.

transformingSovereign God, in Christ you make all things new. Clothe us with power from on high, that with generous lives and hearts on fire we might work with you to grow your church and transform your world. To you be glory through Jesus our Lord.


Photos of 150th Anniversary CME Meeting

9th July 2016

Our website is not equipped with an online photo album, but you can download a few of the photos taken at the recent licensing service by clicking this link. Ignore any invitations which may appear to open a Dropbox account and click "continue to view" to download a zipped folder containing seven photos.

CME Training Event 2017

13th May

"Joys and Challenges of Preaching on the Old Testament" with Dr Ann Conway-Jones.

Takes place at St Barnabas, Erdington.
AGM will also take place.
See Events Page of the web site for further details

Selection for Reader Ministry

31st March and June 10th 2017

Dead line for applications for selection to train as a Reader must be submitted by March 31st.
Application forms obtained from  Ian Crockford, initial Reader Training Scretary -  contact through Contact Page of this web site.
Selection Day is June 10th


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