Members of the congregation who read aloud the Old and New Testament Lessons, the Psalm, and the Prayers of the People are Lectors. During special times of the church year, the lectors are asked to read portions of scripture applicable to the season. For example, lectors may be asked to participate in the dramatic reading of the Passion during Holy Week.
If you would like to become a Lector, please email
The Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) serve specific and important roles in the church according to the Canons of the Episcopal Church. They administer the elements (bread and wine) at any Celebration of the Holy Eucharist when there are not enough Priests or Deacons to serve the members of the congregation. The Eucharistic Ministers or EMs train for this job in their home parish. The Bishop grants each LEM a license at the request of the parish Rector.
After the Celebration, Eucharistic Visitors are charged with taking the sacrament consecrated at the Celebration to members of the congregation who were unable to attend the service, usually because they were ill or homebound. The Diocese offers training for this portion of the ministry, and the Bishop grants a license at the end of the training.
Eucharistic Ministers usually hold the position for a period of three years. Each three years, the Bishop may renew the license at his/her discretion or at the priest’s request.
If this ministry is appealing and you feel led to pursue it, you should:
1. Speak with our priest. You need his endorsement to enroll in training.
2. Fill out a Declaration of Intent form and mail it to the Diocesan House.
3. Begin practical training in the Church of the Good Shepherd.
4. Complete a series of workshops, including Safe Church Training.
"We who are many are one body, because we all share one bread, one cup." - The Book of Common Prayer
For further information about training to become a Eucharistic Minister, please contact the Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org.