Company of Servers was formed in the spring of 2009 for all who are
servers in the Anglican Communion.
is open to all ages, from the youngest, newest server, to those who
have dedicated many years’ service. Members are known as Companions and
become part of a national and international community of friendship,
learning and support. You can read our Constitution here.
Companions are members of the Company in the area,
they serve. These are known as ‘Chapters’, and each has its own
identity and role within the whole Company.
New members should contact their local Chapter to find out more about
its activities. The Company was founded
Catholic Priests and shares its understanding that the
ordained priesthood is for all whom the Church
believe to be called. The Company of Servers seeks to encourage,
support and value lay ministry in the Anglican
Communion and to help servers develop not only practical but spiritual
skills as well as offering friendship, guidance and learning
opportunities.Serving at the altar is a privilege and forms part of an
act of worship in which all can take part.
The Company of Servers seeks to offer an
of the interpretation of worship and liturgy—teaching the meaning of
what servers do and encouraging development
both practically and spiritually.
The annual Company
focuses on fellowship, worship and learning, both from each other and
in a variety of interactive workshops, activities, talks and
reflections. This is a
wonderful opportunity to spend time with others who share their time
and talent in the service of God’s Church. Throughout the year,
individual Chapters organise
their own training days, worship, meetings and activities. Companions
are encouraged to take an active part in the Company which provides
opportunities for all
age groups and understands the levels of commitment those who serve can
Families and friends are welcomed to open events. The Company of
Servers aims to
promote good practice in serving and liturgical excellence, not only
for its members but for
clergy who can become Associate Companions.
The ministry of servers is a quiet one and often
goes unnoticed but
an enormous contribution to worship, whether in a tiny village church
or a great cathedral. The Company of Servers hopes to raise not only an
understanding of the hows
and whys of serving but also encourage those who serve already to
continue and feel valued.
Through raising awareness of the ministry of those
who serve at the altar it is hoped that others will begin to explore
this essential role in the service of God and his Church.