Our newly licenced Reader. . .


The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, admitted and licensed five people to serve as Readers in parishes in the Diocese of York,
in a service at York Minster on
Saturday 26th September.

The Archbishop of York with five new Readers


Ian with Helen (left) and Chris (right)

after the service in

York Minster








A Reader is a trained lay minister, who holds the Archbishop’s Licence to preach, teach and carry out pastoral and other work on a voluntary basis alongside the clergy, typically in their home parish. People in all walks of life are called to serve as Readers; there are now over 200 Readers active in the Diocese of York.

Warden of Readers for the Diocese of York, the Venerable Sam Rushton, said, “God is at work doing new things even in the midst of a pandemic – it’s a real joy to present our new Archbishop with five very different people, each with their own stories of life and faith, and each of them called to serve God and their own communities in this special way.”


Ian Lyall describes his life of faith as “Like a tea bag – a slow infusion over time and the mixture is gradually getting stronger.”

Ian’s father and grandfather were ordained ministers so the slow process started as a “son of the manse” but it was not until he retired that Ian allowed the God-given nudges that he had been feeling to be addressed and to consider training as a Reader.

His working life as a rural GP gave him plenty of insight into the deeper aspects of life and opened a pathway in pastoral care that he would not otherwise have experienced.

“As I swap a white coat for a cassock, I hope to be able to share my slow infusion of faith and the Love of God with all who wish to come on this journey with me.”

Ian will serve in the Benefice of Harton (Bossall, Buttercrambe, Crambe, Flaxton, Foston, Gate Helmsley, Howsham, Sand Hutton, Upper Helmsley and Whitwell-on-the-Hill).


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