Over the years, I have been blessed by the ministry of the Lay Servants of the United Methodist Church. Lay Servants are leaders within the church who assist the clergy with a variety of ministries. The Lay Servants of our church serve as worship liturgists, communion servers, worship leaders for retirement facilities, care-based servants to hospitals and other settings, along with a variety of other ministries. I personally think that Lay Servants are a vital component to the church and its programs. I wholeheartedly support them in their work.
Please see the information below on courses that Lay Servants offer in our area. These courses are open to anyone. The classes provide a wealth of information regarding the church, its history, its practices, and its doctrinal standards. Those interested in Lay Servant ministry or in growing in the faith are encouraged to download the form and sign-up for these courses. Please note the message below for further information. Thank you.
North Central Churches and Pastors:
It is time again for training the laity in your congregations. Lay Servant Ministry classes are for everyone as laity even if they do not want to be a local or certified lay servant. We are offering classes on February 28 and March 7 at First UMC Allen for the Spring session. The registration form can be downloaded using the link below and returned to me. Only those wanting to begin as Lay Servants need to have their pastor's signature on the form. Courses being offered are “Basic”, Leading Worship and Justice in Everyday Life.
Please encourage someone from your congregation to follow thru with their gifts and join in the training. The basic course is required for Lay Servant status, but laity may take any course they are interested in taking. You will receive the benefit of a more confident teacher and leader in your congregation.
Thank you for your support and encouragement of Lay Servants.