Readers in the Field!

Reader Day 2023                          Saturday 13th May

 St Petroc’s Church, Priory Road, Bodmin, PL31 2DP. 

Parking is available at the Priory Park car park, with a short walk across the park.  Disabled access is available directly through the level access door and by assistance at the south door.

 ‘Readers in The Field’

The Harvest Is Plentiful; The Labourers Few

35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”  [Mt 9 35-38]


  • To worship our Lord together
  • To encourage Readers to feel valued
  • To think together about the calling of Readers as ‘Community Theologians…’
  • To update Readers on Next steps on the way, including Deanery plans and the Diocesan plan
  • To consider, individually and as a community of Readers, our part in the changes taking place


 9.30am     Refreshments

please sign for workshops

 10am           Welcome

10.10am      Opening Worship

10.30am      Bishop Hugh

On the Way, the Deanery plans and the Diocesan plan;

with a time for questions and answers

11.15am      Refreshments

please sign for workshops

 11.40am      Dr John Ievins & Jim Seth

An introduction to the phrase, ‘Community theologians who preach, teach and enable everyday faith’

*        with details of forthcoming training sessions on the three elements: Community theologians; preach, teach and enable; everyday faith

*        and thoughts from some Readers on what the phrase,

‘Community Theologian’ means to them

12.30pm    Lunch [please bring your own] refreshments & chat

please sign for workshops

1.30pm Afternoon workshops.

 2 workshops of 40 mins each             1.30pm  //  2.20pm

 Local Ministry & Sens Kernewek – Bishop Hugh

This session will look at how we are developing Oversight and Local ministry in the diocese, including the content of the Sens Kernewek (Cornish Saints) course and how it equips people to lead a local church.

  • Creation Care & Net Zero – Rev Ben Lillie

A faithful response to our inherently green gospel of justice: Revd Ben Lillie diocesan environment officer.

The global response to climate crisis is one of the most important headlines on the agenda of young people.  How do we as the Church respond with hope, joy and compassion?  During this session we will reflect on scripture and walk through practical paths to action, whilst engaging in our diocesan environment strategy to Cherish Creation, Cut Carbon, Speak Up.

  • Serving Our Communities – Rev Haley Preston

Chaplaincy and Ministry within the Care Sector.

This workshop will be a fun and interactive session looking at the diverse needs of those who live and work within residential care communities, and how we can begin to understand and meet those needs through presence, creativity, worship and pastoral care.

  Intergenerational Church – Archdeacon Kelly

Offering some biblical background, this workshop will invite people to consider what we mean by intergenerational church, and then explore some things we may want to consider in becoming more intergenerational in our approach; how we can work towards growing churches in which everyone (regardless of age) can belong, find and express faith, and grow in gifts and service?  This whistle-stop introduction aims to whet the appetite!

  • International Links – David Fieldsend

One of the five priorities of the diocesan strategy ‘The Saints’ Way’ is: “A church that rejoices in strong, warm and mutually encouraging international links.” This workshop will explain the work of the diocesan international links committee and present existing international links at both diocesan and parish level and information as to how to develop and sustain such links.  Also, a chance for Readers already involved in international links to share their experience.

 2.50pm        We come together

how do we now see the future?

3.15pm        Closing Worship

3.30pm        Finish

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