Training for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors
October 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Practice & improve your reading of the lessons & serving of the chalice.
Leaders: Bruce Ashforth, St. Matthew’s Church, Pennington; The Reverend Jayne Oasin, former Priest-in-Charge, Church of the Atonement, Laurel Springs, New Jersey; Melissa Semmes-Thorne, Instructor and Lector Coach, Wenonah, New Jersey
This workshop is intended to be a source of help and practice for those who participate in the ministries of Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, and Lector. Participants will receive information based on sound Biblical theology as well as hands-on practice with seasoned professionals. You may wish to stay for the entire day as you seek to expand the ministries that you provide to your church or you may focus on the ministry that you already engage in at the church. Training will be based on the Diocese’s Manual for the Licensing of Lay Ministries which contains the most recent changes in the Canons of The Episcopal Church and requires periodic training for those persons called to these ministries.
The morning session of the Licensed Ministries Training will be devoted to a workshop entitled Reading Aloud Effectively. It is designed to give Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers the skills and techniques to help them read Scripture aloud and to assist the congregation in their understanding of the various texts. A coaching session will be included.
The afternoon session will enable Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors to practice administering the Chalice and Paten and to reflect on the theological and pastoral aspects of these ministries. Sponsored by the Committee on the Priesthood.
Lectors – 9 am to 12pm
Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors (Lunch included) – 12 to 3:30 pm