If you are looking to get involved at the church but don’t have much time why not try ushering on a Sunday morning. This is a very important part of the Church service. It is also a good way to meet and greet new people or connect up with old friends. Ushering is done during the worship service so if you are in Church what better way to help out than to usher.
There is a sign up sheet in the gathering place for you to sign up for which Sunday is easier for you and also which service you attend 8:30 or 10:45.
Here’s what you have to do:
- Arrive on time, at least 30 minutes before the service (8 am or 10:15am). One usher should stand at the front entrance to greet.
- Escort people to their seats before giving them a bulletin.
- Lead, do not follow, people to their seats.
- Greeters remain in the narthex and at side door until the first hymn.
- Help late arrivals to find a seat.
- Take a head count of all people present throughout the service must be taken. During the sermon is a good time as people are still. Do not count at the beginning or end of the service as many are late and some leave early due to Church School or coffee hour responsibilities, etc. Tally sheets (small goldenrod sheets for this purpose ) and pencils, are stored in the narthex on the left side of the table are used and put in the collection plate when completed.
- Processional after the collection
- Line up in the aisle by each rear door until all ushers have returned their plates to the lead usher.
- The lead usher, carrying all 2 or 3 plates stacked, leads each group of ushers to the front of the Sanctuary at the beginning of the playing of the doxology. (Remember to bring your bulletin with you for the prayer of dedication.)
- Each lead usher places the collection plates on the carpet next to the pulpit after the prayer of dedication, then leads the ushers back to the rear of the Sanctuary.
- After the service:
- Greet people as they are leaving at the side door for people going to fellowship hall and at the rear doors.
- Clean up the pews and straighten up the pew racks.
Pat Prauda for the Worship Commission