Scripture Lay Reader Ministry Nehemiah 8:1 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. 3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. Scripture Lay Readers are members of Union who read the Scriptures aloud during public worship. The Lay Reader’s objective is to read the scriptures so that listeners are helped to understand the reading; and, become attentive (Nehemiah 8:3) to the Word of the Lord; and, to prepare the worshippers to receive the preached word from the pastor or other preachers of God’s word. Lay readers receive periodic in-service training from the Pastor to strengthen their effectiveness.