Usher Guidelines

Usher Guidelines

April 2012

 

These guidelines are provided to assist ushers in achieving their assigned tasks. Please contact Ruth Monzillo with feedback that can enhance these guidelines.

 

Objectives of Usher Teams: To be an attentive and participating part of the overall Worship Team (pastor, musicians, choir, lectors, acolytes, greeters, powerpoint, communion assistants, prayer partners, etc.) during worship services.

 

Head Usher: Each usher team should have an identified Head Usher who coordinates all General Tasks.

 

Each Usher Team may assign the following General Tasks as appropriate:    Please….

1.              be at assigned posts at least 30 minutes before the start of service.

2.              wear an usher name tag.

3.              distribute bulletins to those who arrive at worship (if short of bulletins, ask couple to share).

4.              stuff any inserts into bulletins.

5.              (along with Greeters) remind people to wear their name tags.

6.              check that doors to the administrative wing are locked while worship is happening.

7.              be ready to receive offering plates from the pastor, receive offering, and bring offering forward.*

8.              use at least two microphones for closing announcements (for 10:15 service wait to take microphones until after choir sings).

9.              utilize youth whenever they are available to serve.

10.           be prepared for emergencies (extra chairs, fire extinguisher, adjust heat/AC, AED unit, etc.).

11.           know how to direct people to restrooms, quiet room, name tags, telephone, Welcome Center (know what is at the Welcome Center).

12.           have one usher available to distribute bulletins to latecomers

13.           ask latecomers to wait to be seated during the Confession of Faith, Prayers, and the reading of scripture.

14.           light candles when there is no acolyte

15.           be friendly and helpful as you assist members and guests in making their worship experience meaningful.

 

Special Instructions:

Substitutes:

  • Please secure your own substitute of if unable to, call Ingrid Kjeslie at 352-408-2750. If you make a change at least one week in advance, please call the church office to change the bulletin.

 

 

Communion Flow (one or two tables up front):

  • Direct people forward using two ushers on inside aisles; alternate rows of people forward as “traffic” allows.

 

Communion Flow (two tables up front and one in rear)

  • When a communion table is located in the rear, be sure to have two ushers guide people from the back of the church to the back table while two other ushers move people forward from the front rows (eventually the ushers will meet in the middle to complete the communion flow).

 

*Receiving the Offering:

  • Two ushers (8 am) and four ushers (10:15 am) will wait in rear, ready to proceed forward when pastor waiting at altar to distribute plates (stop sharing peace early to be ready); at the altar, the ushers will form one line across so the plates may be distributed in an orderly manner. One or two ushers will bring the offering forward and present to the pastor.

 

Close of Service

  • One usher is needed to stand with the pastor as she/he greets people leaving through the center aisle; be prepared to take notes or direct people to what they might need so pastor can continue greeting
  • Other ushers will check seating to pick up stray bulletins and refresh the pew packets (hanging from chairs) with pencils and envelopes (supplies located in bookcase under the window, behind Welcome Center tables).

 

Seating for Christmas, Easter and other Special Services:

  • When above average attendance is expected, consider “Ushering” people to their seats. Ask and some will tell you the general area where they wish to sit. Try to fill in rows where vacancies exist to assist with passing the offering plates.

 

Thank you for providing this important ministry. Your service is appreciated.

 

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