Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, and Worship Leader Trainings – Stay tuned for Fall 2023 dates
Requirements for Lay Leaders:
Faithfulness: Demonstrates a vibrant and compelling relationship with God; demonstrates sustainable and current spiritual practices, responds to the power of the Holy Spirit in daily life.
Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates the ability to understand and manage emotions; possesses a realistic sense of self; knows own heart and spirit; demonstrates maturity in relationships with others. Exhibits humility and willingness to learn.
Emotional resilience: Demonstrates resilience in difficult situations and practices excellent self-care in managing stress.
Descriptions of these ministries from CANON 4: OF LICENSED MINISTRIES
A Eucharistic Minister is a layperson authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister shall act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
A Eucharistic Minister is licensed to administer wine or bread in public worship. After three years or less, it is advisable to replace the Eucharistic Minister, requiring at least one year before requesting re-license for another term. This rotation helps to prevent the appearance of perpetually entitled ministers and will share this ministry more widely among the congregation.
The total number of Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors authorized in a congregation is left to the judgment of the Rector, Vicar or Priest-in-Charge.
A Eucharistic Visitor is a layperson who has experience as a Eucharistic Minister and has participated in additional training for this ministry. A Eucharistic Visitor is authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely
manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration. A Eucharistic Visitor should act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
The licensed worship leader is authorized to lead public worship in the absence of, and/or at the direction of a priest, subject to the Book of Common Prayer. A licensed worship leader is a confirmed adult communicant in good standing called to lead worship in the congregation.
Please contact Dr. Lynn Wiljanen, email@example.com, with questions.