Forty nine Readers and Reader-in-Training are helping to make history in the Diocese in Europe this weekend (15 – 17 June 2012) by sharing in their first ever conference, aimed at sharing experiences and building their skills and understanding of their unique ministry.
Although the other 43 English based dioceses of the Church of England could arrange a similar non residential event, because the Diocese in Europe spreads from Iceland to Casablanca and Madeira to Moscow participants have travelled many miles to the Conference Centre in Cologne, Germany.
Bishop David Hamid, Warden of Readers told their introductory session that Readers are primarily involved in worship and worship itself is the primary aim of the church. The Conference has a packed programme of speakers and is titled “Bearing the Word”
Bishop David also reminded them of the famous words from the Westminster Catechism that says the chief aim of humanity is to “Give glory to God and enjoy Him for ever”. Judging from the “Getting to know you” speed dating style introductions (pictured below) the event will be greatly enjoyed.