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Subject: [CHS] Scripture Reader
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 16:16:59 EDT
Interesting question this ! Stan is right, lay-readers were not licensed in
the CofE until 1866, but there was a movement which began in 1857 to create
Mission Houses to follow the mobility of the population in those days, and
lay workers often read the services in the Missions prior to 1866. But I do
not think this refers to either lay-readers in the CofE, or to lay-preachers
in the NCC.
There was a movement to provide evangelical missioners within the ranks of
the army. Now when this started I do not know but they certainly still
existed at the time of WW2. These men were called "Scripture Readers."
The question has driven me to do a bit a research. If I find anything I will
report to List.