Lay Worship Leader training

Lay Worship Leader training to be held at the Procter Center on May 2 and 9

According to the Canons of the Episcopal Church (Title III, Canon 4) a Worship Leader is a confirmed communicant in good standing “who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the member of the clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.” Leading Morning Prayer as the principal service on a Sunday morning, in the absence of a priest, is currently the most common exercise of this ministry in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

Each person wishing to become a Lay Worship Leader must be recommended by his/ her rector (or, if a congregation has no rector, by the senior warden) and participate in a twoday training offered by the diocese. Individuals needing to renew their licenses may choose to participate in one or both of the two training days – if only one, please indicate on your registration which of the days you will be present.

This spring, Lay Worship Leader training will be held at the Procter Center on May 2 and 9. Participants should plan to arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to begin promptly at 9:30; the day’s work will end about 3 p.m. Your registration fee of $10 for each part (a total of $20 if taking both parts) covers the cost of lunch and materials.

Lay Worship Leader training is led by Debby Stokes, Marti Rideout and the Rev. Marjorie Menaul. To register, visit https:// spring-2015/ or use the form below. For further information, contact Menaul at or 570.441.7311.

Lynn Carter-Edmands serves as Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry for the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Contact her at lcarter-edmands@

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