Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)
The Lay Eucharistic Ministers are specially licensed by the Bishop of our Diocese to assist in distributing Holy Communion during the Eucharist, usually administering the communion Chalice. This means ministering to people participating in the Lord’s Supper by ensuring that they feel welcome at whatever place they are in their life, and welcome to return. LEMs are trained to handle the Blessed Sacrament with reverence and care, are vested like Acolytes in a white Alb, and scheduled to help in Sunday and Holy Day services, and pastoral services like weddings or burials that will celebrate the Eucharist as part of the service.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVS)
A Lay Eucharistic Visitor is an individual licensed by the diocese to distribute previously blessed elements of Holy Communion to persons unable to attend regular worship, such as shut-ins or people recovering from illness in hospitals. The bread and wine they carry act as a symbol of the unity of Christ’s Body, which transcends boundaries of time and space, providing a sense of connection to persons who might otherwise feel isolated. All LEVs are sent out from our Sunday morning liturgies with these words:
In the name of this congregation, we send you forth, bearing these holy gifts, that those to whom you go may share with us in the communion of Christ’s body and blood. We who are many are one body, because we all share one bread, one cup.
For more information about these ministries, please contact Ken Jurgens or call the church office.