Last updated 9th August 2017
In the past, the authorisation of Holy Communion Assistants has been given by the Bishop and the certificates produced from Bishop’s House. After some consultation, it has been decided that in the future this shall be delegated by the Bishop to the local incumbent or priest in charge in the parish (Area Dean for vacant parishes).
The local priest knows his or her congregation in a way that the Bishop does not and can therefore make a wise decision after seeing the views of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) regarding suitably mature Christians to undertake this important task.
The criteria for a Holy Communion Assistant are reflected using words from Vision 2026 – that they would need to be a mature disciple, and confident witness to Jesus Christ. They may not be a leader but they ought to hold the respect of the congregation for their evident faith in Christ.
The present permission and authorisation for current Chalice Assistants runs out in 2020 for those under 75, and at the end of June 2017 for those who are older.
The incumbent or Area Dean should discuss (in confidence) nominations and renewals with the PCC.