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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.


Growing Gifts
Spring Study Days 2016

27th February & 9th March

A new brochure is out now. This year’s topic is "Paul, a Servant of Jesus Christ". The day is led by Revd Dr Caroline Wickens and will take place (a) on Saturday 27th February at St Luke’s Church Centre, Great Colmore St, Birmingham B15 2AT and (b) on Wednesday 9th March at the Diocesan Office, 1 Colmore Row Birmingham B3 2BJ.

For a copy of the brochure and an enrolment form please contact: Ms Andrea Stevens, 0121 426 0429,


NHS Job Opportunity

12th February

The NHS is advertising for a part-time "Chaplain for Wellbeing", based in Birmingham. Applicants should be "of pastoral standing in their own faith community and have proven counselling skills". To find out more information about this type of chaplaincy please click here.

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