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Training for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors

May 20, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Training for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors

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

Registration     Register by May 17 online at http://tinyurl.com/l8zzmny or contact Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10 or mclisham@dioceseofnj.org

Contact            The Reverend Jayne Oasin, 856 642-6467 or revjayne@comcast.net

oasinThe Reverend Jayne Oasin is the former Priest-in-Charge of the Church of the Atonement, Laurel Springs, New Jersey.  She has also been the Priest Associate at St. Peter’s Church in Medford, New Jersey, and the Associated Parishes of St. Stephen in Beverly and Riverside, New Jersey.  From 2000 to 2010 she was the Program Officer for Anti-Racism and Gender Equality at The Episcopal Church Center in New York City.  In this position she was responsible for the implementation of the Church’s commitment to anti-racism, and the equality of opportunity for women in society and the church.  Reverend Oasin received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Pathology, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, and a M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Currently, she is the co-chairperson of the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults and a member of the Committee on the Priesthood.


Melissa Semmes-Thorne is an instructor and long-time lector coach.  She studied at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota, and has been coaching lectors, Eucharistic ministers, Deacons and Clergy in reading aloud effectively for many years.  Ms. Semmes-Thorne also helps those in business improve their communication skills using similar techniques.



Bruce Ashforth has been a member of St. Matthew’s Church, Pennington, for the last five years.  Before that he was a member of Trinity Church, Cranford for forty years.  He served Trinity Church as a member of the Vestry for ten years, and as both Junior and Senior Warden.  He also served Trinity as a Licensed Lay Eucharist Minister (LEM) and as a Licensed Eucharist Visitor.  He was a Lector and head of the Healing Prayer Ministry team.  With nearly 40 years of experience, he has led workshops on the background, responsibilities and techniques of serving as both a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor.  He is currently in charge of the team of Eucharistic Visitors at St Matthew’s Church and most recently led a workshop on the Eucharistic Ministry at St Luke’s Church, Metuchen.  On the professional side, he is founder and former owner of CPT Intelligent Technologies, Inc. in Flemington, New Jersey, a computer hardware and software consulting, sales and service company.


May 20, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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St. Bartholomew’s, Cherry Hill
1989 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States
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