15 Oct 2018

Reader Preaching Workshop

Early October, saw a group of Readers and Readers in Training arrive at Saint Columba’s House in Woking for a Workshop on preaching. The facilitators were Bishop David, the Revd Canon Elaine Labourel and the Revd Dale Hanson.

We were treated to excellent talks from Bishop David and Revd Dale covering the theology behind preaching the Word as well as practical advice and tips on how to preach effectively. All this to help us to lead people to an encounter with the living Christ.

On the final day we were ‘put on the spot’. Each person was given a page of the newspaper. We were asked to pick a headline or an article. We were given 30 minutes to write a ‘four minute thought for the day’, which we were to present to the rest of the group. It was a fascinating exercise, intended to teach us to ‘think on our feet’. Everyone entered into the spirit of the event with enormous creativity. Elaine and Dale gave ‘honest’ but constructive comments on our efforts. It was a wonderful weekend with good friends, inspiring worship, excellent teaching, fellowship and fun. It was another very successful Reader workshop.