On 25th March, the Feast of the Annunciation, Bishop Ian licensed Heather Cardwell as a Lay Reader in this diocese. Before moving to Scotland, Heather served for many years as a Lay Reader in the Church in Wales. Her ministry here will be within the congregation of All Saints, St Andrews, where she has been a member for some time.
The licensing took place on Zoom, attended by Heather’s friends and family as well as by members of All Saints church and representatives from the Lay Reader community in this diocese.
“Lay Readers are called to serve the Church of God and to work together with the clergy and other ministers. They are to lead public worship, to preach and teach the word of God, to assist at the eucharist and to share in pastoral and evangelistic work. As authorised lay ministers, they are to encourage the ministries of God’s people, as the Spirit distributes gifts among us all, and to help the whole Church to participate in God’s mission to the world.”
We welcome Heather into this ministry among us.