Saturday 8th October 2011
Today's journey was considerably longer: seventeen miles to Hexham to catch the train to Newcastle for the licensing of four new Readers including one from one of my parishes who was my Churchwarden for a time. Having spent the last three years training, he was licensed in today's service by the Bishop of Newcastle and will now be able to contribute to the teaching and preaching in these parishes. ("Reader" may be a misleading term. The equivalent ministry in the Methodist Churche would, I think, be that of a "Lay Preacher".)
Not much of the day left for preparing Sunday's services.