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Lay Ministry Training
Saturday, April 17 - Saturday, April 17
09:30AM - 03:00PM St. John's Church, Kingston
207 Albany Ave
Kingston, NY

for the Mid-Hudson Region and the Diocese, in advance of the Region 2 Worship Leader Training, March 24th

Note: You must have the permission of your priest to seek licensing (signature of a priest is required on the registration form).

See also Saturday, May 1 for Advanced Worship Planning at St. John’s, Cornwall.


9:30 to Noon Session

Reading Scripture in the Congregation
Jennifer Barrows+ will lead experienced and aspiring readers of Holy Scripture toward a clear and engaging practice.

Basic Lay Eucharistic Visiting (aka LEM 2)
Judy Ferguson+ will lead laypeople toward a greater understanding of – and comfort in – bringing the Eucharist to the sick and shut-ins.  This is introductory training.

Leading Worship (aka Lay Readers)
Tom Margrave+ will guide participants through a survey of worship planning and conduct by lay ministers.  This will include planning fundamentals and tips; survey appropriate use of authorized sources.  Special attention will be paid to conducting Morning Prayer and other services of the Daily Office as public worship.


1 pm – 3 pm Session

Advanced Lay Eucharistic Visiting
Gwyneth Murphy+ will work with experienced Lay Eucharistic Visitors, focusing on the spiritual aspects for ministers and the visited.

The cost is a flat fee of $10.00 for any part or all of the day. Click on the link below to register on line, or send checks payable to The Episcopal Diocese of NewYork to the Mid-Hudson Regional Office, 30 Pine Grove Ave., Kingston, NY 12401.

Refreshments, lunch, and training materials will be provided.

Workshops are limited to 35 participants.


This curriculum has been approved by The Episcopal Diocese of New York (Approval for Lectors and Lay Eucharistic Ministers/Chalice Bearers is at the discretion of the clergy in charge of a Parish.  You must have the permission of your priest to seek licensing (signature of a priest is required on the registration form).  Those whose parishes do not have a “resident”  priest (i.e. congregations that are in vacancy/search/self-study/interim process, etc.)  may not be eligible for licensing, and thus we do not encourage you to pursue this ministry until your congregation has a priest.  Under special circumstances, provisional licenses for a period of one year are sometimes given – this is, however an exception and not the norm.

Please note that if you register and pay on line, you still need to print out the registration and have it signed by your priest. Instructions for those who do not have a "resident" priest are above.

Contact: Val Stelcen
Phone: 845.338.1086

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