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What's Going On?

The calendar on the right will give you the dates and times of events which are likely to be of interest to Readers in the Diocese of Birmingham. To display events more than a month ahead, click the Look for more link. Further information can be found by clicking on an entry in the calendar. Full details and associated paperwork, where available, can be found by scrolling down the page to the Details and Documentation section.

The Diocese organises certain training events which may be of interest to Readers and we shall advertise them here. We would like to know of training opportunities which Readers around the Diocese have found helpful. If you have news to share on these please let your Assistant Warden or the Warden know via our Contacts page.

In addition we organise specific training events for Readers under the Readers' Continuing Ministerial Education programme. These are planned by a team made up of Readers and the Bishop's Adviser for Lay Education and Training. There are usually three training days in this programme each year: a Saturday in May (often on a Biblical or pastoral theme), a training day in June or early July for Readers wishing to train for Funeral Ministry, and a Saturday in November.

Details & Documentation

Calendar of Events

All enquiries about the events listed on this page should be addressed to:

Marlyce Bryan
1 Colmore Row
B3 2BJ

0121 426 0448

Reader Licensing 2018 in Birmingham Cathedral

14 readers were licensed by Bishop Ann Hollinghurst on 3rd February 2018.

Reader Licensing 2018
The newly licensed Readers gather with Bishop Ann, outside the Cathedral after the service  -  from the left: Phil Taylor, Hay Mills; Mark Simons, SS Mary and Anne Moseley; Alan Walker, Water Orton; Pete Brayshaw, St Peter Harborne; Mary Withers, St Bernard's Hamstead; John Davies, Chelmsley Wood; Lis Fisher, Perry Barr; Linda Hicks, Solihull; Rachel Luckman, Lickey and Blackwell; Stuart Jeffs, and Val Powell, St Andrew Handsworth; Adeola Okoi, Newtown; John Moore, Baddeseley Ensor and Grendon; Linda Nugent, Garretts Green.

You can listen to a recording of the sermon given at the service by Canon Dr Paula Gooder here


Training opportunities with USPG


   USPG is seeking to engage with the Anglican Churches of Britain and Ireland on a variety of levels, offering insight, inspiration and challenge from partners around the world to the church at home. Post-ordination and post-licensing training is an important focus of their offering, as they engage with the newest clergy and lay leaders in Britain in the important area of global mission.  They offer one session, half day or whole day courses in global mission, free of charge, as part of this. They are currently taking bookings for the 2018 – 19 academic year. If you would like to explore this further, please email

  USPG provides opportunities to participate in the life of one of their partner churches, through our ‘Journey with Us’ overseas placement scheme; they also provide ‘Expanding Horizons’ grants for ordinands, lay leaders and clergy who are going overseas as part of their training or on a sabbatical/study leave. Please see for further details.

 USPG also hold an Annual Conference: this year the theme will be ‘All Things are Possible’, based on the Sustainable Development Goals’, from 2nd – 4th July, in High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire.  If any of clergy and or lay leaders are interested in this, you can book at  

 Finally you can join with USPG and our partners in prayer through their Prayer Diary downloadable from:  




Growing Gifts - Summer Exploring Prayer Days 2018 – Soul Spark

Wednesday evenings 2, 9, 16 May and 6, 13 and 27 June at 1 Colmore Row

 Soul Spark is a six-session course that opens up some of the riches of the Christian tradition to enable a deeper and healthier spirituality.  It offers a variety of approaches to prayer and provides a context for reflection and sharing. Rather than seeking to teach, it seeks to encourage people to open up to God and ‘let the creator deal with the creature’. Soul Spark has been written by the Revd Nick Helm, who is the Clergy Continuing Ministerial Development Officer in the diocese of Hereford. The course has been used twice before in the Church of England, Birmingham in recent years and found to be beneficial.

 Soul Spark will be facilitated by a team led by Revd Margaret Robinson.

Readers will be advised when Enrolment is open.


Spiritual Accompaniment Training Course September 2018 to July 2019

A one year ecumenical training course for lay and ordained Christians

Who is the course for?

The course is open to Christians of any denomination. Those seeking a place would be people who:

  •  find others turn naturally to them to talk about their life and faith
  •  are stable and open to learning in their Christian faith, and keen to develop their knowledge and discipleship.
  •  already have, or be prepared to have, a spiritual director.

 The Course Aims to:

  •  Encourage each person to grow and develop gifts for spiritual accompaniment
  •  Offer knowledge, critical awareness, and skills, for spiritual accompaniment and direction

To learn more click here to down load course brochure  



Manresa Link Prayer Guide Basic Training

September 2018 to February 2019 at St Mary's Convent, 98 Hunters Road, Birmingham B19 1EB 

 Eight Saturday mornings in 2018 and 2 weekends in 2019.
 For details down load brochure here where you can find contact details for Margaret Brittan, course organiser





 CIGB is inviting applications for new Trustees from Christians who have experience of working in business, the public or voluntary sector, and are interested in helping working people to see that God is engaged with their lives.

 CIGB is an ecumenical Charity that has been providing Workplace Chaplaincy across Birmingham and Solihull, and helping churches to engage with issues of Economic Development, for over 40 years. We have over 50 chaplains, a Development Director and an Administration Officer.

 CIGB is overseen by a Management Council of representatives from churches and workplaces, and meets about four times a year, plus an Annual General Meeting. Trustee meetings currently take place as breakfast meetings 8am-9:30am at 1 Colmore Row, in the centre of Birmingham.

 The current trustees recognise that they need further experience in areas of communications and public relations, income generation, and understanding business/voluntary/public sector needs.

 Contact Peter Sellick (  07746 299676, 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BJ) for more information and a role description.  More information about CIGB at




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