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Our “Readers” don’t just read books! They are men and women of prayer; people from Sudbury, who are live ordinary lives in the light of the Bible and Christian tradition. They are chosen because they communicate confidently and sensitively the mystery and the challenge of God and his Way. The Church of England diocese – ours is St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich – provides training to nurture their gifts for communication and teaching and admits them to the office of Reader.

They have been licensed by the Bishop to preach, lead services and to take funerals. Their listening and praying, preaching and teaching, aren’t confined within church walls. Our Readers go out, informed by their theological training, and share our Christian faith in office, school or pub, house group or private home, ministering to the people of the parish. Once every five years all their licences have to be renewed together, at the same time, by the Bishop, this year on the 18th of June.

All Saints Readers

Robert Fish has faithfully served here since well before my time as vicar and is to be relicenced. Malcolm Offord was first licensed last year, and will be relicenced together with Robert and Judith. Judith Offord was commissioned last year as an acknowledged local minister, but, with the encouragement of both the diocese and myself, is transferring over to become a reader, so will be licensed for the first time this June. Please pray for all of them as their ministry continues amongst us, especially Judith as she takes up this role for the first time.

Retiring this year

Virginia Bonner has been a Reader for 20 years and has decided that now is the time to move into other forms of ministry. Both the parish and I are extremely grateful for all the hard work and dedication Virginia has shown serving Jesus in this area and we wish her every blessing as she retires from this role.

Grace be with you,

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Rev'd. Simon Gill Telephone: Sudbury 375334

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