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He may be only 17, but Dylan Holshouser is already performing a very important role for his church.

On Easter Sunday he was given his first chance to act as Eucharistic Minister at the Chapel of Ease in St David's and serve the wine during the service. Dylan is believed to be one of the youngest Eucharistic Ministers in Bermuda and will officially take up the position on his 18th birthday in July. “At first I was unaware that there was an age limit when I began asking my mother if she thought it would be possible for me to get my licence as a Eucharistic Minister,” said Dylan.

“I had been watching my mother and more recently, Mrs Fox, who both are licenced, serving the Eucharist and saw no reason that I should not go the next step as I was already doing everything other than actually serving the Eucharist.

“I began my service in the church as an Acolyte at Chapel of Ease before I was 13 years old and assisting the minister, Reverend Raths, who has been very supportive and always ensuring I am kept busy in preparation for the Eucharist at the alter and during Baptisms.”

The teenager says that he does not think that what he has done is an “achievement”, it “just seemed a logical step”. Although Dylan did admit to suffering from nerves during the Easter Service.

He said: “Easter Sunday was my first Sunday serving the Eucharist and I confess while I was a little nervous, I knew what I was doing and was relieved not to actually spill any of the wine.

“When I received my Certificate of Appreciation and recognition of Ministry in the Church from Bishop Dill, I did tell him that one day I would have his job. It is a good thing that he has a sense of humour and remains very supportive.”

Dylan Holshouser (right) serving wine in church
Dylan Holshouser (right) in church
Dylan Holshouser's Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition of Ministry

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Published April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated April 20, 2015 at 8:52 am)

Teenage boy devoted to serving his church

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