Chalice Bearers are also known as Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM). The mission of the LEM ministry is to support our clergy in serving at the Lord’s Table. The primary responsibility is to offer the chalice-“the Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation” to the communicants during communion. At the early service the LEM also assumes the role of the crucifer (which includes lighting the altar candles, processing in and out with the cross, assisting the deacon/clergy with setting the Lord’s Table) as well as offering the chalice at communion.
Anyone who is interested in this ministry may sign up at the annual Ministry Fair. The number of Licensed Eucharistic Ministers is governed by canon law according to the number of baptized members per parish. Once selected as a potential LEM the individual must complete the required training and receive licensure prior to being permitted to serve at the Lord’s Table. The license is issued for 3 years and on occasion may be renewed for another 3 years. A Eucharistic minister may only serve for a total of 6 consecutive years and must wait a minimum of I year before being eligible to be licensed again.
The LEM ministry typically meets one or two times a year for training. Annual training is critical to ensure all members are current with any changes in their role and continue to provide the needed support to our clergy.
Being a Eucharistic Minister is a solemn, spiritual responsibility with a 3 year commitment and a willingness/availability to serve at both regular Sunday services and special services throughout the year.