Lay Servants - MME

Mid-Maine District
Lay Servant Ministries
Anne Carter, Director
Sharon Merrill, Registrar



The Mid-Maine Committee on Lay Servant Ministries (LSM) is busy recruiting teachers and scheduling LSM classes through the District. In 2018 we had a new Director, Anne Carter (from Winthrop UMC), and a new Registrar, Sharon Merrill (from Bolsters Mills UMC). We have continuity with Pastor Elizabeth Bailey Mitchell (People's UMC and Searsmont UMC) and we have three new members: Anna Jean (AJ) Alexander - one of Mid-Maine’s two Certified Lay Ministers, and a member of Bolsters Mills UMC; Claire Piddock from Readfield UMC; and Rev. Steve Bascomb (UMC of Auburn). But we definitely have room for more! So please contact either Anne or Rev. Karen Munson if you are interested in this committee.

We are excited that some of the District churches will have new Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers! If you are the person preparing reports at one of those churches, we ask you to notify us (see contact info below), so that we can check that each person has met the requirements. Then we can prepare a certificate ahead of time that our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Karen Munson, can bring to the church/charge conference.

We encourage you to arrange for the person(s) to attend so that the certificate can be presented at that time. (If the person is not able to attend, the pastor can present the certificate at a later time.)

Or perhaps you have persons who already are Certified Lay Servants or Certified Lay Speakers. Please be sure that they fill out their annual report ( and have it ready to give to the District Superintendent at the church/charge conference. The following link gives more information on how each of these is defined: It is important for people to know that Certified Lay Servant is an excellent path for those who want to deepen their understanding of ministry, but don’t want to speak in front of a group!

Please feel free to contact Anne or Sharon with any questions (email address above). 

Click here for the new "Lay Ministries Form" which has been approved for Church Conferences

Please register by June 12. You need to get the book ahead of time and read the sections noted before the fist class. If you need to register after June 12 please contact either Anne Carter ( or one of the teachers (contact information below) - in addition to completing the on-line registration. Thank you.

Lay Servant Ministry Basic Course at Brunswick UMC

Saturdays, June 22 and June 29, 2019.  9 am- 3 pm.     

  Soup and salad will be served for lunch the first Saturday. The second week we will all share pot luck.

NO PEANUTS due to severe allergy. 


Read:  Before the first class, read Chapters 1-3 for June 22;

Chapters 3-5 will need to be read for June 29. 

Worship will be celebrated June 29.


Cost: $10 registration fee, payable to Mid-Maine District Office, PO Box 89, E. Winthrop, ME 04343


Text:  Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant’s Book available at or


Instructors:  Sue Tesar and Marcia McGee (cell 508-485-9249),  


Email: or


Location: Brunswick United Methodist Church 320 Church Rd Brunswick, Maine 04011  

                                  from the North take 295 S to exit 28 to merge onto US-1 N toward Coastal Route/Brunswick Bath. Turn right onto Church Rd. We are located on the right at the intersection of Church Rd and Raymond Rd.      

From the South, Follow I-295 N to US-1 N in Freeport. Take exit 24 from I-295 N.  Take a right at the lights onto Church Rd. We are located on the right at the intersection of Church and Raymond road


or paper registration: Mail to Mid-Maine District, PO Box 89, East Winthrop, ME 04343


Name: ___________________________________________   Date: _______________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Email: ________________________________  Phone: __________________________________

Home Church: __________________________________________________________________

As you prayerfully consider taking this course, please meet and discuss with your pastor. UMC pastor’s approval is required for participants.

Pastor’s Name: ___________________________________ (please print)

Pastor’s Signature: ________________________________________   Date: _________________Is this your first Lay Minister or Lay Speaker Course? ___ Yes    ___ No 

If no, please list previous courses and dates: ___________________________________________________