Stuart will be with us for 6 months as he explores being a Reader. For his day job Stuart teaches Clinical and Forensic Anatomy at Glasgow University.
A reader is a member of the Kirk whose duties are principally concerned with the ministry of the word and the conduct of public worship. Readers can be attached to the ministry team of a parish, and they can also be attached to a group of linked parishes, preaching regularly in one or more congregations, and sharing in pastoral work associated with worship. Readers can be used as chaplains in homes for the aged, or assisting in hospitals or schools, and can conduct funerals and share in providing pastoral care for the family. They also carry out their traditional role of providing pulpit supply when ministers are absent or on holiday.