Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)

Feb 4, 2022
Baptism & Worship Night

At Lima First Assembly of God, we believe in the power of the Holy Eucharist to nourish the souls of our congregation. To ensure the smooth distribution of the sacrament and to enrich the spiritual experience of our worshippers, we have a dedicated group of individuals called Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC). In this page, we will explore the important role and significance of EMHC in our community.

The Role of EMHC

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are entrusted with the sacred duty of assisting the priests in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass and other religious services. They play a crucial role in ensuring that all members of our congregation are able to partake in this central sacramental experience.

EMHCs regularly receive spiritual and practical training to prepare them for their responsibilities. They are taught the proper procedures and guidelines for handling the Eucharist, following the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church. This ensures that the distribution is done reverently and with utmost respect for the sacredness of the sacrament.

The Significance of EMHC

EMHCs bring a sense of unity and inclusivity to our worship services. By actively participating in the distribution of Holy Communion, they contribute to the communal aspect of our faith. This allows the entire congregation to experience a deeper connection with one another and with God.

Moreover, EMHCs serve as ambassadors for our faith, living out the teachings of Jesus Christ through their actions. Their dedication and service inspire others to become more involved in the spiritual life of our community. They create an environment of love, compassion, and faith.

Training and Commissioning

Becoming an EMHC at Lima First Assembly of God is a process that involves both training and commissioning. Those who wish to serve as EHMCS must undergo a period of formation and education, where they learn about the significance of the Eucharist, the responsibilities of an EMHC, and the proper procedures for distributing Holy Communion.

During this period of formation, candidates are encouraged to grow spiritually and deepen their understanding of our faith. They receive guidance from experienced EMHCs and our dedicated pastoral team. Once they have completed the training, they are commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and are ready to serve the congregation.

Benefits and Rewards

Being an EMHC is a profoundly rewarding experience. By serving in this vital role, individuals have the opportunity to deepen their own faith, grow spiritually, and be of service to the community. They are able to witness firsthand the transformative power of the Eucharist in the lives of our worshippers.

EMHCs often speak of the sense of fulfillment and joy they experience when they are able to bring the Body of Christ to others. By actively participating in the sacrament of Holy Communion, they become channels of God's grace and love, making a lasting impact on the lives of those they serve.


The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) at Lima First Assembly of God play a vital role in ensuring the smooth distribution of the Eucharist and enriching the spiritual lives of our congregation. Through their dedication, training, and service, they uphold our faith and beliefs, fostering a sense of unity and love within our community.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an EMHC or would like to get involved in any other aspect of our faith community, we encourage you to reach out to our pastoral team or visit our church. We warmly welcome all individuals who wish to be a part of our journey of faith and service.

Peter Goldey
This article provides valuable insights into the crucial role of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Oct 4, 2023