One form of lay ministry in the church is that of a "liturgical assistant," and some of these require a license from the bishop.
These include a Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, and Worship Leader. (see below for definitions) The Office of the Episcopate oversees the licensing of liturgical assistants in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
All applicants for new or renewed licenses to serve as a Eucharistic Visitor must be current on diocesan Safe Church training and have a current background check completed. This ministry is often with people who are in situations where they can be vulnerable and the change is in keeping with diocesan theology to do Safe Church training. The applicant's rector or priest-in-charge must verify on the application that the applicant has met those conditions in order for a license to be issued.
Currently the Commission on Ministry is working on a new comprehensive Worship Leader training and licensing process for ECCT that we had hoped would be rolled out this year. With staffing changes this has been delayed. Since this process is still in the works, we are currently issuing provisional licenses. To receive a provisional license, the applicant must watch the training led by Bishop Douglas that can be found here.
Below is a Worship Leader provisional license application – the application needs to be filled out completely (if printed, please make sure that it is legible), signed by the applicant and the Rector/Priest in Charge/Senior Warden (where there is no priest) and returned to Bernice Fleming at The Commons. The provisional licenses will be valid through December 31, 2021. We will provide updates to this process as we have them.
Application forms for three-year licenses (complete, sign, and mail)
- Eucharistic Visitor Application
- Eucharistic Minister Application
- Provisional Worship Leader Application
Definitions from the canons of The Episcopal Church (2006)
- Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 6 A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act 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.
- Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 7 A 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. A Eucharistic Visitor should normally act 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.
- Title III, Canon 4, Sec. 4 A Worship Leader is a lay person 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.