What is Involved?
The aim of this role is to read the allocated Bible passage clearly and audibly for the congregation.
- When you read the Bible in church your aim should be to communicate the Word of God, as clearly as possible. The way it is read should help people to understand it. This means you will have to prepare. Make time before Sunday to read the passage through a few times. Identify tricky words to pronounce. Identify topic and scene changes, as well as changes of tone and direct speech so that you pause at appropriate points and put emphasise in the right places.
- Usually, we read from the New International Revised Version 2011. The text is normally emailed to you on Thursday beforehand. This is the version of the NIV on Bible gateway (www.biblegateway.com). Please note there have been several revisions of the NIV, your hardcopy NIV or phone app 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 its 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, no need to give context “this happened just before David was anointed king”. We don’t need any “Thus says the Lord”, “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 apologise 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).