Layreader Ministry

Hello and welcome to the Diocese of Fredericton Layreader site! We are in the process of adding new material so please bear with us as we continue to update the site. Feel free to browse each section to gain a better understanding of the layreader ministry in our diocese. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Warden of Layreaders at 647-8170.

2017 Winter and Spring training opportunities

Layreader Role

A layreader is a layperson authorized by the bishop in the Diocese of Fredericton to officiate at services of worship or take a leadership role in certain parts of a service. Anglican layreaders are licensed by the bishop to a particular parish (parochial) or the diocese at large (diocesan) for a one-year term. Layreaders require annual renewal of licenses following review and recommendation by incumbent clergy. Layreader applications are available for clergy use on the diocesan website – clergy resource area at http://anglican.nb.ca/

Descriptions for Layreader-in-Training, Parochial Layreader and Diocesan Layreader

Layreader-in-Training ~ A layreader-in-training is someone who, under the direction of parish, deanery or diocesan clergy, has completed a time of discernment and has been approved by both the incumbent and bishop to enter a layreader training program following an appropriate application process. The primary responsibility of a layreader-in-training is to be part of the ministry team and to undertake a flexible two-year training period to become a parochial or diocesan layreader. Layreader training will include learning to assist during services as directed by clergy and the completion of core foundational curriculum topics based on:

  • Reading scripture & liturgy in public
  • Anglican worship
  • Biblical foundations
  • Christian doctrine
  • Church history
  • Leadership
  • Basic sermon preparation

A layreader-in-training will wear a layreader medallion with a light blue ribbon when vesting.

Parochial Layreader ~ A parochial layreader is licensed in a parish and has received certification by the bishop to offer layreader duties under the direction of parish clergy following an appropriate application and training process. Their role is primarily liturgical in nature. They have a responsibility to be an active member of the ministry team in their parish, assisting during services as directed by the incumbent. Examples include:

  • reading scriptures,
  • officiating services,
  • administering the chalice,
  • leading the prayers of the people, and
  • taking home communion to sick and shut-ins

A parochial layreader will have completed the studies in reading scripture and liturgy in public, biblical foundations, Christian doctrine, church history, leadership and basic sermon preparation or equivalents. Continuing education is required.A parochial layreader will wear a layreader medallion with a dark blue ribbon when vesting.

Diocesan Layreader ~ A diocesan layreader is licensed in the diocese by the bishop to offer layreader duties under the direction of the incumbent, the archdeacon or bishop following an appropriate application process. Their primary responsibility is to be an active member of the ministry team in their home parish and to support neighbouring parishes. A diocesan layreader will have completed the studies in reading scripture and liturgy in public, biblical foundations, Christian doctrine, church history, leadership, and advanced sermon preparation and preaching as well as a discernment course (or equivalents).

Upon completion of training and at the clergy/bishop’s direction, the diocesan layreader may lead services, prepare and deliver the homily/sermon and travel to parishes/churches requiring assistance. Continuing education is required.

A diocesan layreader will wear a blue scarf with layreader crest when vesting.