Reader Handbook and resources

Reader Handbook

The Handbook for Reader Ministry offers important guidance for all Readers. Please consult the Handbook as first port of call if you have any questions. After that, the Deanery Wardens, Archdeaconry Wardens, the Warden of Readers and the Reader Council can offer help with questions and pastoral support.

Download the Reader Handbook

Extended Communion guidelines

As part of the Reader role you are licenced to take communion to the sick, housebound and those in care homes. For Church-based Communion services, there are guidelines available for clergy, Readers and parochial church councils on the provision for Extended Communion within corporate worship. In exceptional circumstances, the Bishop will give permission for the administration of the act of Holy Communion without a priest present. Please, therefore, read the Extended Communion Guidelines below. If you have any questions or wish to exercise this ministry please contact the Bishop’s Chaplain.

Download the Extended Communion Guidelines

Recommended links

The following links have been recommended. Let us know any of any others:

Who to contact

The Ven Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton and Diocesan Warden of Readers

Julia Gratton, PA to the Archdeacon of Taunton

Jill Perrett, Lay Ministries Enabler

Leonie Jones, Lay Ministries Enabler

Revd Graham Witts, Archdeaconry Warden of Readers - Wells

Revd Trevor Cranshaw, Archdeaconry Warden of Readers - Bath

Revd Robin Lodge, Archdeaconry Warden of Readers - Taunton

Ruth Cook, Secretary to the Readers' Council