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Lay Pastoral Ministers

Lay Pastoral Ministers are men and women who are called to share in the ministry of caring for the people of God by supporting and enabling the pastoral ministry of the Church.

The first Lay Pastoral Ministers were licensed in the diocese in the early 1990s. There are now around 90 Lay Pastoral Ministers working in parishes throughout the diocese.

The role of a Lay Pastoral Minister can be very diverse but may include:

  • Taking Holy Communion to the sick and housebound
  • Hospital and residential care home visiting
  • Baptism, confirmation and marriage preparation
  • Running parenting courses
  • Bereavement support, prison visiting, praying for and with those in need.

Lay Pastoral Ministers might also be involved in leading a visiting team in the parish, prayer meetings, children’s work and informal discussion groups such as Alpha, Emmaus and Credo courses - situations in which they can help people grow in faith.

Training days, retreats and events

Invitations to training days, retreats and events specfically for Lay Pastoral Ministers in the diocese are normally sent direct, by email or letter from the Warden, whose contact details are on the right of this page.  

More about Lay Pastoral Ministry


  • A short video introducing Lay Pastoral Ministry:


Lay Pastoral Minister with children


Warden of Lay Pastoral Ministers
The Revd David Kirby


Assistant Warden of
Lay Pastoral Ministers
Liz Kelly 01604 636947