From Sue Halmrast, Worship liaison for the Vestry:
In the past, LEMs have served as the sole Readers during the worship service at St. Nicholas. As we offer more opportunities to involve the congregation in worship, a new ministry for Readers has evolved. All those interested in becoming Readers would need to attend a special combined training session with the LEMs and then be scheduled to read the lesson, epistle, psalm or Prayers of the People, as needed. They will give a clear, articulate voice to God’s word and the people’s prayers during worship. All ages, including youth, are invited to attend this training and become Readers.
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Liz Dixon serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.
All current LEMs and those wishing to know more about this ministry, will also meet for a training and to discuss the impact moving to two services will have as well as scheduling issues. LEMs (Lay Eucharistic Ministers) are lay persons who have completed specialized training and are then licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. All confirmed members are eligible, regardless of age.
Because all LEMs are also Readers, we will have a combined training on Sunday, July 26 in the Sanctuary immediately following the service. The first part of the session will involve Readers and LEMs. The Readers may leave when this training is complete, and the LEMs will remain for brief additional training and discussion. We will do our best to see that you are on your way as soon as possible. Please make every effort to attend.