Readers are lay people (not clergy) who have been selected, trained, and authorised by the Bishop to preach and teach the faith, give pastoral care and lead public worship. Although in many parishes, these duties can be performed by any reasonably competent lay person who has been properly instructed, the key to the Reader’s license is that he or she is permitted to do them in the absence of a priest.

St Peter’s has three Lay Readers (left to right): Liz Silver, Anne Walls and Philip Walls.