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30th June 2015
Bishop Robert has tasked the Conferences Committee on behalf of the Central Readers Council to organise a celebration event in July 2016 to mark 150 years of Reader Ministry, as “a gift to the Church from the CRC”.

“Follow 2016 – A Celebration of Christian Disicpleship” was conceived, and with the help of an events management company, we have been preparing for an exciting birthday celebration on Saturday 16th July 2016 at DeMontfort Hall in Leicester from 10am until 4.00pm. The event is aimed at anyone who is a disciple of Christ, regardless of age or denomination, and whether or not they are are Reader. This is the opportunity to bring your friends and family, and invite members of your congregations. Come and be inspired, encouraged and resourced for the journey.

We are really excited to have confirmed some terrific speakers and worship leaders. Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies and a Reader in the Church of England. Her passion is to ignite people's enthusiasm for reading the Bible today. Mark Russell was appointed as Chief Executive of the Church Army. In this role he leads a society of over 300 full-time evangelists and is an advocate for evangelism in the wider church. Mark is a member of the Archbishops' College of Evangelists and is a Reader in the Church of England. Lucy Moore works for Bible Reading Fellowship as Messy Church team leader. She is responsible for developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally - writing, speaking, reflecting and developing Messy projects. Lucy and her team will be leading a Messy Church event throughout the day. Debbie Thrower A former broadcaster, is a Church of England Reader in the Winchester diocese and Anna Chaplain to Older People in Alton. Her chaplaincy work follows a career in radio and television. Her media experience informs her approach to promoting the spiritual welfare of older people; using the narrative of people's lives to seek shape, meaning, and purpose, and to foster hope. Roger Jones first began composing, so as to involve as many as possible in music-making and in telling bible stories and Christian truths in a fun and accessible way. Roger, a Reader in the Church of England, will be presenting his brand new musical based on Barnabas the disciple; Pete James is a full-time songwriter and worship leader, playing at conferences and festivals across the UK and abroad.

In addition, there will be representatives from 24/7 Prayer; Street Angels, The Community of the Resurrection, Mobile Monastery and much much more. Other major speakers are to be confirmed.

Rachel Jordan, National Adviser for Mission and Evangelism for the Church of England will be hosting a chat show throughout the day and interviewing many of our speakers and participants about what it means to be a disciple in the 21st Century.

De Montfort Hall is Leicester's largest entertainment venue, and it boasts an auditorium for 2000 people, several conference rooms and lovely grounds which we will be making full use of. There will be food stalls representing different types of world foods, and Christian entertainers plus bouncy castles (for big and little kids). All it all it promises to be a wonderful day with something for everyone.

Leicester has made the news this year with the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral, so why not stay over and make a weekend of it? Find out about the search for King Richard III, including information about the King Richard III Visitor Centre.

Launde Abbey is the retreat house for Leicester Diocese and they would be happy to offer accommodation a few miles away There are plenty of other hotels to suit all budgets in the city centre.

Tickets are on sale from 1st September from DeMontfort Hall, by phone or via their website and cost Ł5 per person (under 5's are free), sold on a first come first served basis. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

We are anticipating an exciting and inspirational event and would love you to join us.


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