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Celebrating 150 years of Reader ministry and giving thanks for Reader ministry in our diocese

09 October 2016


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Purpose and joy were some of the dominant themes at the 2016 Lincoln Readers Annual Service in Lincoln Cathedral.

As Readers from around the diocese gathered for this year's service, held as celebrations of 150 years since the re-establishment of Reader Ministry continue, four Readers were licensed for ministry in the diocese:

Jennette Ballantyne is to serve in the Benefices of Fotherby, North Somercotes, Grainthorpe and Conisholme.

Corinna Langridge is to serve in the Bardney Group.

Sara Davies will serve in the North Lafford Group.

Paul Maple is to serve in the Benefice of Welton and Dunholme with Scothern.

In addition, two Readers were warmly welcomed as they transferred from other dioceses:

Keith Battarbee will serve in The Alford Group of Parishes and the Parishes of Willoughby and Ulceby, and Richard Vickers is to serve in the North Lafford Group.

In a moving service that featured the Cathedral Consort, seven Area Representatives each lit a candle from the Paschal candle and placed them on the altar, with these candles then to be taken back to each Area. Following the admission of the candidates to the office of Reader, the Bishop of Grantham drew on the readings of Psalm 121 and Philippians 4.2-end to speak of purpose, joy and mutual support in one another in living, loving and serving God and the people of God.

As the service drew to a close, Bishop Nicholas led a candle-lit procession through the nave and out of the west door, spreading the light of Christ into the world.

Please pray for all those engaged in Reader ministry, for those who have supported, and who support, our Readers in their ministry, and the places and parishes in which they serve.

For further information on Reader ministry in the diocese, please see http://www.lincolnreaders.org

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Pictured after the service (from left to right): Sally Buck (Warden of Readers), Paul Maple (Welton and Dunholme with Scothern), Sara Davies (North Lafford Group), Bishop Nicholas, Corinna Langridge (Bardney Group) and Jennette Ballantyne (Fotherby, North Somercotes, Grainthorpe & Conisholme).

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Sally Buck (Warden), Richard Vickers (North Lafford Group), Paul Maple, Sara Davies, Bishop Nicholas, Corinna Langridge, Jennette Ballantyne and Keith Battarbee (The Alford Group of Parishes and the Parishes of Willoughby and Ulceby).

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Our Readers with their incumbents and supporting colleagues.

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Bishop Nicholas led a joyful, candle-lit procession through the nave.

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