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Ministry Description

Position Assessment Risk: Low
Terms of Office: 1 year, renewable
Supervision & Support: Reports to: Lay Reader Co-ordinator (Server Instructor)
Staff Liaison (if different from above):
Committee/Board responsible for this ministry: Worship Committee
Purpose: The Server assists the Incumbent at the Altar, and carries the cross during the procession and recession
Population(s) served: The Incumbent
The Lay Readers

Skills & Qualifications:

  • be mature enough to follow the Service and know when assistance is required
  • usually young people over the age of 10 years

Spiritual Gifts Recommended:

  • service

Training Provided:

  • a one-hour training session is necessary
  • on-the-job training

Meeting Date & Time:

  • no specific meetings, just the services

Time Commitment Involved:

  • one hour for the 8:45 a.m. service as scheduled
  • two hours for the 10:45 a.m. service as scheduled
  • can still attend Sunday School

Description of Duties / Responsibilities:

  • lights the candles prior to the service, and extinguishes them before the recessional
  • carries the cross during the processional and recessional
  • moves the prayer book on the altar at the appropriate times
  • receives the offering with the alms basin from the sidespeople, and presents it to the Priest for blessing
  • assists the Priest in washing his hands in preparation for the Eucharist
  • assists the Priest in preparing the bread and wine for the Eucharist
  • assists the Priest in tidying up after the Eucharist

Limits of the Position:

  • as laid out by the Instructor

Benefits & Opportunities:

  • learn the traditions of the Anglican Church
  • play an important role in the Service
  • still able to attend Sunday School classes
  • count the hours toward the Community Service requirement for your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Office Instructions: Provide a copy of this description to the applicant. Place a copy in the applicant’s file in a locked filing cabinet. Record the completion of this step on the applicant’s Screening Checklist.

Rev. November 27, 2003