Bible Reader

By December 21, 2018Job Description

Why does this matter?

God has revealed himself in his word. We can know what he is like. We can learn how to serve him and love him by heeding his words. Hearing from the Bible is a vital part of growing in a relationship with God and is a central part of our church gathering.

What is Involved?

The aim of this role is to read the allocated Bible passage clearly and audibly for the congregation.


  • Make time before Sunday to read the passage through a few times. Identify any tricky words to pronounce. Identify topic and scene changes so that you pause at appropriate points and put emphasis in the right places. Likewise, identify any direct speech or changes in tone.
  • Usually, we read on Sunday from the New International Revised Version 2011. The text is normally emailed to you on the Thursday beforehand. This is the version of the NIV on Bible gateway ( Please note that there have been several revisions of the NIV. Your hardcopy NIV or phone app NIV might be a different version.

On the day:

  • Arrive by 10:10am so you are in time for the group prayer at 10:15am.
  • Read from a printed version of the text you were emailed or from the text in the handout.
  • Know when you are on so there isn’t a gap while we wait for you to walk up the front. If you read straight after a song it is your job to be there in time to tell people to sit down.
  • Come up the front to the microphone before speaking and face us before speaking.
  • Introduce yourself and announce the Bible passage then give us time to find it. Something like: “Hello my name is Fred, our Bible Reading this morning is Mark 1:14-18, you can find it in your handout”.
  • Read it.
  • Sit down.

What you don’t need to do: 

  • No need to announce the Bible version.
  • No need to tell us its the “Old Testament reading” or “New Testament reading”. This will confuse newcomers who don’t know what those things are, and old-timers will work it out themselves. The preacher will make it clear if it is important.
  • Don’t add to the text. Let it speak for itself. Unless the preacher or anchor asks you to do so there is no need to give context “this happened just before David was anointed king”. We don’t need any formulas like “Thus says the Lord” or “This is the word of the Lord” that may suggest some kind of liturgical response.
  • Make eye contact at the start and finish, but no need to look up during the reading. Focus on the text.
  • If you stumble over a word, no need to apologize or restart, just keep going. Pause to compose yourself if necessary and maybe read a little slower.
  • Don’t race. Read at a slightly slower pace than your normal speaking voice.

Click here to check when you are serving on the Scots Church Sydney Elvanto app.

What if I can’t serve in my rostered role on a particular Sunday?
If you need to drop out in the week leading up to particular Sunday, mark yourself Declined for Kids Church for that Sunday.
If you know ahead of time that you will be absent from church, mark yourself as Unavailable for that Sunday, so you don’t get rostered onto anything. How to mark yourself Unavailable.
Church involves lots of people serving in different ways. So we all know who is serving in a particular role on a particular day, please don’t arrange by yourself a swap with someone else. If you Decline or mark yourself Unavailable your coordinator will get notified and sort it out.

For Elvanto support email Dan our church administrator (Tues-Thurs). 

If you would like to serve in this role or have further questions please contact Craig

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