Providing a coherent CMD programme specifically for Readers/LLMs is a relatively new initiative within the Diocese of Chelmsford. There are three main strands to Reader/LLM CMD.
1. Newly-licensed LLMs receive CMD alongside newly-ordained Deacons in their first year. The combined programme covers the areas of (a) work with children, (b) funeral and bereavement ministry, and (c) preaching. Details of these training days can be found here.
2. Each year the Diocese puts on a training day to which all Readers/LLMs are invited. The focus of the days varies from year to year and have included:
- a retreat led by The Revd Alison White, CME officer from the Diocese of Peterborough;
- cross cultural communication of the Gospel led by The Revd Canon George Kovoor, principal of Trinity College, Bristol
- learning about leadership with Canon Pat Nappin and The Revd Canon Roger Matthews.
- a day on preaching the “old story” in new cultural contexts led by Rev. Raewynne Whitely
3. Readers/LLMs receive an annual personal CMD grant which can be used for training. Readers may contact their Area CMD Adviser to discuss the use of these grants. More information can be found here.
LARC groups (Local Advisers for Readers in Chelmsford) are opportunities for mutual support and encouragement. Area CMD Advisers are also willing to offer advice and help.
For the implications of changes to licensed lay ministry click here
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