Over the tradition and expectation over the last 100 years or so has been that the clergy and religious occupied all the roles associated with running a parish and the church as a whole. As with the early church, there is now much greater lay involvement both in administration, catechesis and some aspects of liturgy.
So Lay Service is Pastoral Ministry in the Catholic Church by people who serve the church but are not ordained.
The time and talents of the church community can help in many ways from Administration, Finance & Property Maintenance to Catechises, Chaplaincy, IT, Liturgy, Music and Pastoral work.
This can be likened to voluntary work most but not all roles are unpaid.
Some of the work may involved regular contact with children or vulnerable adults so will require a CRB check as a prerequisite.
The Church has a whole host of vacancies and opportunities for Lay Service – but they don’t get advertised in the usual way. The Church is not so much interested in recruitment as discernment: along which particular path is God asking me to journey?
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Lay consecrated are people who consecrate themselves to God through promises of poverty, chastity and obedience, while still remaining lay people. They are usually associated with some group or Movement. As lay people they remain “in the world” and often exercise careers while giving a priority in their lives to prayer, witness and service