Eucharistic Minister & Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training
The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan licenses lay people to serve as Eucharistic Ministers (EM) and Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV). Training for this ministry is conducted by parish clergy and coordinated by The Whitaker Institute.
A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister acts under the direction of a deacon, if any, or otherwise, the member of the clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
A Lay Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the consecrated elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration of the Eucharist. A Lay Eucharistic Visitor acts under the direction of a deacon, if any, or otherwise, the member of the clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
Training and Licensing
Individuals wishing to serve as Eucharistic Ministers and/or Lay Eucharistic Visitors should do the following:
- Meet with your clergy person to discuss the ministry of a Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor. Express your desire to serve in this ministry. If you are in a congregation without resident clergy, contact your area Dean, who will also consult with your congregation’s Warden and your congregation’s regular supply clergy (if applicable).
- Ensure that you are currently a confirmed communicant in good standing in your parish. Complete appropriate training with your congregation’s clergy person (or consult your Dean if you are in a parish without resident clergy). Training curriculum may be determined by clergy and can be provided by The Whitaker Institute.
- Ensure that your Safe Church training is up-to-date.
- Eucharistic Ministers are required to take Track 1 Safe Church training and Lay Eucharistic Visitors are required to take Track 2 Safe Church training. Register for Safe Church training here.
- After above requirements are complete, you will be ready to apply to the bishop’s office for a license, as follows:
Normally, congregations are asked to renew their Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor licenses by the First Sunday of Advent in Year B, which will occur again in 2020. Usually, the training is done within local congregations. From time to time Whitaker Institute offers an additional opportunity to take that training with people from around the diocese. Those attending the course also need to get specific local instruction from their home congregation. To receive a license, individuals will still need to be approved by their Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-charge. And to receive a Lay Eucharistic Visitor license, they will also need to have a current Safe Church Track 2 certificate.
If you are interested in hosting your own congregation’s Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor training, contact the Dean of your Deanery. We have several clergy who can provide this training around the diocese on a small group basis.
The training is typically 9am to 3pm (9 to 12noon for EM and additional 1 to 3pm for LEV). Course fee is typically $30; you can arrange this with your trainer.
Our philosophy is that lack of funding shall not be a stumbling block for attending a course. Scholarship funds are available from our generous donors and we make these available through a sharing approach: “1/3, 1/3, 1/3” This means your congregation will be asked to fund 1/3, you will fund 1/3 and Whitaker Scholarship Fund will fund 1/3. To apply, contact Sister Veronica Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.