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New flexible hybrid training for Reader Ministry in Suffolk

New flexible hybrid training for Reader Ministry in Suffolk

We’re delighted to announce that, from September, we will be working in partnership with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich to provide training in lay ministry for their aspiring Readers. Here’s the message that went out this week from The Revd Canon Dave Gardner, Director of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

“Building on the faithful ministry of our current in-house training, from September 2022 we will be offering greater flexibility for those training for Reader Ministry. Working with Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) those selected for this nationally recognised ministry will be able to either attend evening groups in the context of a meal and Benedictine style fellowship in person or undertake modules online from the comfort of your own home. It is also possible to mix and match. ERMC offer a wider range of modules and specialist study skills support than we can offer ourselves.

“Readers in training will be training alongside colleagues and ordinands from across four other Dioceses from the region providing a rich experience. We will continue to offer flexibility in preparing for formal training with the development of an online learning hub. There is also the possibility of shortening the length of training or offering specialist modules for those with prior theological learning. We will still offer study days, practical experience for preaching and leading worship in a supportive network across the Diocese and in partnership with neighbouring Dioceses.

“These are exciting times for Reader Ministry as we adapt once more to a changing context. This ministry is integral to our vision to Grow in God especially to our priority to grow in depth and enable all to be confident in living and sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. If you are interested in considering a calling to Reader Ministry, contact Barbara Hill our Deputy Warden of Readers at deputywarden.readers@cofesuffolk.org

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich