Lay Readers’ Programme

Purpose and objectives:

The aim of the course is to develop candidates’ competence in Biblical Knowledge, Church Doctrine, and related matters. At the end of the course, candidates should have sufficient knowledge, skill and appropriate attitudes to undertake the following:

  • Lead in the Liturgical Offices of the Church
  • Preach sermons and read lessons
  • Read the services for the Burial of the Dead
  • Conduct non-liturgical and para-liturgical services.

Candidates must be suitable persons from churches within the Deanery selected by their Rector, Priest-in-Charge or Curate and must complete the specified Application Form which should be signed by the Clergyperson. With the approval of the Rural Dean candidates may be accepted from other Deaneries within the Region.


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