Being me and very quick to say ‘no’ when really I should be saying yes, my own advice would be to just do it. The more you put it off the harder it may feel. Serving, the only way to learn is by doing it for real. Even if you did something different to previous, use it to learn by it. I am not a confident person at all and hence why am quick to say no then regret the missed opportunity. Far better that you learn the role when you someone there to help guide you. I been serving nearly two year at our services when we received the current priest. His third service I discovered that would be totally on my own and I had done it a few times at said services with the priest who had been looking after us, but not on a Sunday Morning. I was very much on my own and didn’t know how to tell him what I knew and didn’t know. But I managed it and did it and a few more times since then and now can manage to serve visiting priests’ just about though not keen on my own with those. Now am okay with current priest because he knows me but that first time…
My advice would be to grab the opportunity and use it as a learning thing in itself. Hopefully they won’t let you go very wrong. We have a deacon very new to it and me one sunday morning suggested he could do thruible. The second the bell donged he was at around the church and at the altar jack flash. No one commented because they all know.
Everyone has to learn sometime and I am being very honest with you the best way of learning those roles is doing it for real. All the prep before hand might help you feel more comfortable but doing it and you have the others there to guide you, unlike my one time of not even knowing the priest at that time to know how to say, ‘i don’t know’. He knows me now plenty.
My advice is beat your fears and go for it as it truelly is best way to learn it - trust me