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Some of the Lay Ministries at St Matthew’s


The Book of Common Prayer reminds each of us that “at all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant, whether bishop or priest, be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and lay persons”. For our Servers this includes the said and sung Masses of Sunday worship, and the daily Masses. In addition, many are called to serve for requiems and other special liturgies.

The beauty we create in our churches as part of the liturgy lifts us to God; the music we here fills us with exultation and opens our hearts to experience God’s presence. In making worship beautiful, we are offering God our very best, standing on tiptoe and stretching as high as we possibly can to reach to Our Lord and Maker.

The Server ministry at St. Matthew’s Ashford is open to all baptized Christians, regular in attendance, who are deemed to serve at the Altar of God.

For more information or to volunteer your time, contact the Parish Priest.

Lay Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist & Pastoral Visitors

Lay Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (LEOMs) administer Holy Communion during weekly Masses. Pastoral Visitors (PVs) make visits to those who are homebound or hospitalised with illnesses. Parish training and Diocesan Licensing is required for LEOMs; Diocesan training and licensing is required for PVs.


Make others welcome at St. Matthews and distribute bulletins, seating worshippers and presenting newcomers with a welcome packet at the door and generally there to make people feel welcome afterward at coffee.