Who can assist the pastor in communion?
Communion is one of the responsibilities and duties of a pastor. The pastor may "train deacons and lay members to serve the consecrated communion elements." (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church)
During the worship service "lay persons as well as other clergy may assist the pastor in giving the bread and cup." (The United Methodist Book of Worship)
The official statement on communion, This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion, explains, "The Communion elements are consecrated and consumed in the context of the gathered congregation. The Table may be extended, in a timely manner, to include those unable to attend because of age, illness, or similar conditions. Laypeople may distribute the consecrated elements in the congregation and extend them to members who are unavoidably absent.... An elder or deacon should offer appropriate training, preparation, and supervision for this important task."