My parish doesn’t have servers, and the sacristan is usually busy with duties about the time the priest is ready to take the large ciborium and the pitcher. We’ve also adjusted our low-gluten bread procedures–this is now brought to the altar in a separate ciborium. So I’ve asked people to take the gifts up the steps for an easier handoff.
What would you do in your parish? Should the lay people go all the way to the altar? Is there a value in an offering farther away?