DUTIES OF THE USHERS
Thank you for your willingness to serve as an usher. The ushers’ duties change slightly depending on the service and the season. The general goal for you in this roll is to help and guide parishioners, visitors and the Pastor through a smooth and meaningful service. To be effective at this please arrive 20 to 30 minutes before service begins. NOTE: Summer Worship hour (June - August) is at 9:30 am. Regular Worship hour (September - May) is 10:30 am.
THINGS TO CHECK ~ BE AWARE OF BEFORE SERVICE
Are all the doors unlocked? Are the lights on including the cross (fans if needed)? Are the sidewalks cleaned (salted if needed)? Is the heat (air conditioning) operating properly? If not, please see Walt Pim, Harold Everson or Ed Schaefer.
Are reserved pews marked if needed ie: ex: Baptism, First Holy Communion? Know where the emergency equipment is stored ~ telephone also.
In inclimate weather check to make sure the entry ways are free of snow and ice. Normally salt and shovels are located at the entry ways to help with this.
Greet parishioners and visitors cheerfully, hand out worship materials. Be especially helpful with visitors ~ inform other members if needed to assist.
THINGS TO DO DURING THE WORSHIP SERVICE
During the first song proceed to balcony overlook and count the number of worshipers in attendance, count everyone in attendance [children in nursery, pastor, organist, acolytes, etc.). Then write it on the usher count sheet located in drawer at the front doors. Put card in offering plate.
Offering time ~ as the offering begins meet your fellow usher at back of center aisle, walk up front to receive plates at altar rail from the acolyte, then start the collection by going down each outside isle. Once finished with outside aisle return to the front of the church to collect down the center isle. Then wait at doors until the service music prompts you to return plates to altar.
Holy Communion time ~ Generally the worship leaders commune first to allow congregation to see the type of communion we will be using ie: at the altar rail, at the altar step, intinction and so forth. Once you've communed one usher should stay at the front to guide people in the communion processs and one usher should move from pew to pew to dismiss people up to communion. Please inform/guide Pastor to commune anyone who needs communion brought to them in their pew.
For continuous Holy Communion at altar steps~ start dismissing at front pew continuing back on same side as timely as possible. When switching to the other side, give a short pause to allow Pastor and helpers to switch sides also.
For table Holy Communion at the altar rail~ one usher needs to install kneeling railing at altar, then assist parishioners at steps while the other usher dismisses approximately 10 persons per table. Both ushers should also assist with guiding the traffic. Left pews will stay right to walk and fill rail and dismiss by order of first up to first return. Likewise right pews will stay left to walk and fill rail and dismiss by first up to first to return.
“Tidy-up” Sanctuary ~ books replaced, trash collected and disposed of. Check that lights and fans are off and all candles are out. Lock doors (sanctuary front).
Gather written pages out of friendship pads and place on office desk. Thank you!