A lay reader (in some jurisdictions, notably the Church of England, simply Reader) is a layperson authorized by a bishop of the Anglican Church to read some parts of a service of worship. The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican The term " layman " originated from the use of the term Laity, but over the centuries changed definition to mean a person who is a non-expert in a given field of A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight See also Anglicanism The Anglican Communion is an international association of national Anglican churches In the Protestant denominations of Christianity, a service of worship is a meeting whose primary purpose is the Worship of God. Anglican lay readers are licensed by the bishop to a particular parish or to the diocese at large. A parish is a Local church; it is an administrative unit typically found in episcopal or presbyterian churches In many rites of the Roman Catholic Church and in Anglican churches, a diocese is an administrative territorial unit administered by a Bishop. In the former case, in some areas, their tenure expires with the resignation of the parish priest. In the Anglican tradition, the role of licensed lay readers, whose prominence varies by region, is similar to that of a Methodist local preacher, and can involve:
Although in many parishes, these duties can be performed by any reasonably competent lay person who has been properly instructed, the key to the Reader's license is that he or she is permitted to do them in the absence of a priest. Licensed Readers are entitled to wear a blue tippet with choir dress. A tippet is a Stole or Scarf -like narrow piece of clothing worn around the arms and above the elbow
In religious organizations the laity comprises all persons who are not Clergy. Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given Religion. In some Christian churches the Reader is responsible for reading aloud excerpts of the Scripture at a Liturgy. A Methodist local preacher is a lay person who has been accredited by a Methodist church to lead worship on a regular basis A lay speaker is a position in the United Methodist Church for the Laity.