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Admission and Licensing of Readers

1 year, 2 months ago

Six new Readers were admitted to the office of Reader and licensed by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, at Southwark Cathedral on Sunday 8 October at 6pm. During the service the Warden of Readers, Nicole Burgum, presented Readers transferring from other Dioceses to the Bishop who licensed them to serve in Southwark.

The new Readers and the parishes they were licensed to are: 

Felicity Banks - West Wimbledon, Christ Church

Janet Greaves - Redhill, Holy Trinity

Frank Hartkopf - Ravensbourne Team Ministry

David McEvoy - Greenwich, St Alfege

Lindsay Ould - Addington, St Mary the Blessed Virgin

Helen White - Telford Park, St Thomas with St Stephen


The following Readers were welcomed to Southwark Diocese and will serve in the following parishes:

Ian Nott  - Reigate, St Mary Magdalene

Jackie Robbs - Surbiton, St Andrew & St Mark

Michael Tonkin - Kew, St Philip & All Saints with St Luke


Other Readers present at the service renewed their commitment to the ministry of Reader which has been entrusted to them.

During her sermon, The Revd Sue Charles, who led the retreat for the Readers with her husband Peter, himself a reader, told the new Readers that they were all ‘embarking on a new ministry in this Diocese that we all prayed would will bring them fulfilment and joy, along with giving those they minister to great preaching and teaching.’ 

She also reminded all those presented that they all had ‘a ministry, a vocation, a call that God has in mind for each of us – and only us, no-one else’. 

Speaking of the retreat Sue Charles said that in his charge to the new Readers Bishop Christopher had reminded them of the uniqueness of Reader ministry, telling them that they ‘are Ministers of the Road, Ministers of the Word and Ministers of the Table.  They are called to show God’s love to the people that they meet, to teach and preach and to assist at Holy Communion’.

Photographs of the new Readers can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpEMo2A

Revd Sue Charles’ sermon can be found at: