David Ball was licensed as a Reader in his home church of St Teilo’s, Bishopston by Bishop John today.
David has studied for two years and is continuing his studies with St Padarn’s Institute and the licensing allows him to continue to further develop his calling.
The Bishop emphasised the ministry of all believers, that there is no first or second class layer of ministry, and the continued development of lay ministry in the diocese is a recapturing of the work of the early church, not a response to a lack of clergy. He said we are all sent out into the world as disciples of Jesus.
During the service David was presented with his reader’s scarf by Canon Ian Rees, the Warden of Readers, and later was presented with a bible from Rev Andrew Pearce, the Vicar of Bishopston, and also a reader’s badge which had belonged to Bill Mort, who served faithfully as a reader, and secretary of the Readers’ Group in the diocese, for many years.
After the service people enjoyed cake made especially for the occasion.
Canon Ian Rees