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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:

Gerald Nembhard
1 Colmore Row
B3 2BJ

0121 426 0429

You can email Gerald by clicking here.

Past Events

Birmingham Diocesan Readers - Celebrate 150th anniversary

 Around 80 Readers attended the CME Training Day at St Barnabas, Erdington, which marked the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the formation of Reader Ministry.  This was a joyful day of celebration, which took place in the transformed church - it had been almost completely destroyed by fire, but has been rebuilt in an imaginative and uplifting way.

 The title of the day was Preaching on Special Occasions: when the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the morning speaker was the Rev Dr Kate Coleman, a Baptist minister and a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.  Kate preached on John 4: 4 – 42, the passage where Jesus encounters the woman at the well and focused on how this seemingly ordinary event of coming to the well, became extraordinary and life-changing.

 Afterwards, in her keynote speech, Kate offered three principles of preaching –

Encourage yourself and your listeners to:
              Encounter Jesus through                          Prayer, reflection & conviction
              Encounter yourself/themselves through      Gifts, perspectives, approach & self-awareness
              Encounter others through                         the world of the text, context & subtext
Preaching , she said, is always an invitation to meet Jesus.

 The day also included four workshops.  Rev David Warbrick facilitated one on  Preaching at Funerals;  Mrs Lesley Brown , a Reader at Cofton Hackett, led Preaching at All Age Worship; Rev Mark Pryce, a published  poet and author, conducted a session on Poetry in Preaching; and the Archdeacon of Aston (Ven. Simon Heathfield) held a workshop  on Preaching at Baptisms.

For the first time, the annual meeting of  the Readers Association  was held at a training day. It was reported that there are currently 267 Readers in the diocese made up of 148 women and 119 men. 

The day concluded with a short service, with an address by the Archdeacon and an act of rededication of all the Readers present, before Canon Martin Stephenson,  Warden of Readers, cut a celebratory cake to mark the 150th anniversary.

 Click these links to access reference material from Kate (1) and (2) , David and Lesley 

Up Coming Events


Festival of Preaching ~ 10th - 12th September 2017

Christ Church, Oxford


Three days of worship, lectures and workshops in the beautiful surroundings of Christ Church Oxford.

Exploring the craft of preaching, celebrating its poetry, dealing with the worst the lectionary can throw at you... and much more

Speakers include Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Paula Gooder, Sam Wells, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Kate Bruce and many others.

Early Bird ticket offer ends 31st January 2017.
Book tickets online or call 0845 017 6965 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)


Anyone training for ordained or licensed lay ministry in the Anglican church is eligible for a 25% discount on ticket prices - see the website for full details.



To be held (by kind permission of the Rector) at
St Marylebone Parish Church, London

10.30-4pm, Saturday 7th October 2017

Morning Coffee, Lunch & Afternoon Tea Provided

Speakers include:

The Rev’d Dr Daniel Newman, Richard Marlow (Reader), The Rev’d Dr Tom Plant

Open to all Readers and trainee Readers
Booking deadline: 22
nd September


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