Diocesan Warden of Readers
1 year ago
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, relicensed the Readers of the Diocese of Southwark for their ministry at a Eucharist held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 4 March. At the same service Nicole Burgum, who had been acting Warden of Readers since Bishop Michael Ipgrave was translated to the Diocese of Lichfield, was commissioned as the Warden of Readers. The service followed workshops on Reader ministry and the Readers AGM.
In his sermon Bishop Christopher reminded them that they are ministers at the table: sharing in the distribution of the Holy Communion; ministers of the road, ministering to those they meet along the way; and ministers of the book, called to study and interpret the Holy Scriptures in teaching and preaching. He said “The Office which you fill as Readers is in its very essence a lay ministry; it is a complement and a partner to clerical ministry…it is a reminder to a Church, which can so easily become clericalised that lay men and lay women as well as priests are entrusted with the Bishop’s licence.”
Nicole Burgum has been a Reader in the Diocese since 1984 and has fulfilled the role as Acting Warden of readers for the last few months. Speaking of Nicole Bishop Christopher said, “I know that the new Warden will take care that the whole body of Readers in the Diocese is both nurtured, encouraged and challenged to Godly Service.”
Nicole Burgum comments, “I am humbled and delighted to be asked to serve as Warden of readers and look forward to working with the Bishop and my colleague Readers to further our ministry here in Southwark Diocese.”