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 Cox Memorial 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

Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Course

Leading Worship

This Lay Servant Ministries course focuses on the ministry of those who either regularly or occasionally lead groups or congregations in worship. Grounded in the classic patterns of Christian worship and practice, participants will grow in their understanding of Christian worship and gain confidence in leading various parts of worship. Opportunities to practice leading worship in a variety of formats will be offered throughout the course.


Instructor: Rev. Michelle M. Wiley, pastor  People’s UMC, So. Thomaston / John St. UMC, Camden

DatesWill be rescheduled to Summer 2020

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm  (The first class will be 5:00 – 7:30. Soup will be provided – please bring your own sandwich, etc. The class will decide whether to continue allowing extra time for soup at the remaining meetings.)

Location: John Street UMC, Camden ME

Registration deadline: TBD

Please purchase the textbook beforehand. Assignment before 1st class: read Chapters 1-5

  • Worshipping With the United Methodists (Revised Edition) by Hoyt L. Hickman. ISBN 978-0-68733-526-8 available from The Upper Room Bookstore, or Cokesbury. Participant is responsible for purchasing text. Check with your church for possible scholarships.

There is a $10 registration fee, payable to Mid-Maine District Office, PO Box 89, E. Winthrop ME 04343.     On the memo line write: LSM Couse – Leading Worship. If cost is prohibitive, check with your church, some churches and districts haves scholarships available.


Registration Deadline: TBD , 2020


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 Servant Ministries course? ___ Yes    ___ No 

If no, please list previous courses and dates: ____________________________________________________