Eucharistic Assistants

The role of the Eucharistic Assistant or Communion Assistant is to assist the minister in the distribution of the bread and wine at the service, to assist the minister, but equally to assist the congregation to receive from God in the sacrament.

This role of Eucharisit Assistant is both a privilege and a responsibility. Those to be considered need to be regular communicant members of the church, who are in good standing in the church. It is for the incumbent and PCC to nominate and agree those who should share this role. The bishop will signify his affirmation of this Eucharistic role with a letter of confirmation to the parish.

 

How to nominate new Eucharistic Assistants


The incumbent and PCC need to agree names, and the decision should be recorded in the PCC minutes.

Names should then be emailed to Judith Giles (Tel: 01204 527919) who keeps the record of authorised Eucharistic Assistants on behalf of the Bishop. Judith will then arrange for the parish to receive a certificate of authorisation from the Bishop.

 

New regulations from 2015

 

Three developments from 2015:

  • All Eucharistic Assistants must be people with no safe-guarding concerns attached to them.
  • When a parish is in vacancy, new nominations must be confirmed by both PCC and Area Dean.
  • Children who are admitted to communion in the parish, and regularly receive communion, may be nominated, even if they are not yet confirmed (previously all Eucharistic Assistants had to be confirmed).
     

Download:

Eucharistic Assistants leaflet

Holy Communion - its shape and structure

Training handout colour or mono

Quick Reference Guide

Communion at home - good practice

Certificate Renewals: Manchester Archdeaconry

With the approval of the PCC, parishes wishing to nominate new Eucharistic Assistants should contact Judith Giles (01204 527919) who keeps the record of authorised Eucharistic Assistants on behalf of the Bishop. Judith will then arrange for the parish to receive a certificate of authorisation from the Bishop.