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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.

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



CHRISM Day Conference at Carrs Lane - Saturday 2 September

Reinventing Ministry in Secular Employment -  Guest speaker:  Revd. John Lees 

  Saturday, 22 Sept 2018, 10.30 to 16.30


Many people feel a calling from God to minister but believe that the main focus for that calling is among the people they work alongside each day. The secular environment offers a place for discipleship and pastoral care.  How is this calling supported?    Come and explore the future of Ministry in Secular Employment at the CHRISM annual conference in Birmingham, led by John Lees.
John has run church programmes on a wide range of topics including resilience, team and collaborative working, and leadership. He also works full-time as a career coach and author and has led workshops in a range of countries. He has written 13 books on work and careers including “How to Get a Job You Love.” 
The conference will include a short AGM. 

About the Speaker
John serves as a Self-Supporting Minister in the Diocese of Exeter and is Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ministry, having worked for 10 years previously in the Diocese of Chester. He is the author of Self-Supporting Ministry, a Practical Guide (SPCK, 2018), which forms the basis of our exploration. 

CHRISM was founded in 1984 by a group of Christians with a vocation to ministry in the places where they work. CHRISM organises a conference and a Reflective Weekend each year and also publishes the journal, ‘Ministers at Work’ four times a year. Through these it aims to support everyone with a calling to minister in the secular world.
For more details of the day, see website:
or contact Rob Fox by 31st August 2018 at 22 Queensbury Gate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE12 8JW
Tel: 0191 366 8048

Cost £ 30 (£ 35 non-members)


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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