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martinA message from the Reverend Canon Catherine Grylls, 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 Catherine Grylls, Vicar of the Church of the Ascension, Stirchley 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.


Selection for Reader Ministry

31st March and June 10th 2018

Applications for selection to train as a Reader must be submitted by 7th April 2018. Application forms can be obtained from Ian Crockford, Initial Reader Training Scretary, who can be contacted through the Contact Page of this website. The Selection Day is June 9th 2018. For additional information, please read our guide to the Training and Selection of Readers, which you can download here.

"Grateful Thanks"  from Martin following CME day

13th May 2017

Thank you so much for the warmth of your ‘send off’ on Saturday and the very generous cheque.  I am savouring the thought of a little rail adventure into Europe on the trail of work by the stained glass artist, Tristan Ruhlmann, who designed our extraordinary windows at St Peter’s Hall Green.  As I said on Saturday at the marvellous study day with Ann Conway-Jones, to have been Warden these last 9 years has been a massive privilege and a great joy.  I will really miss it (and you all), but the time had come for a bit more time in the parish! With every good wish and continuing prayers for your very valued ministry.

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.

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