Preparation (usher captain)
Consider how many ushers
Two are enough for most services.
You’ll want four for heavily attended
services (e.g. Christmas and Easter).
Consider finding other
people to usher instead of doing it yourself.
Especially consider people who are new to
Ushering is an easy task, and doing it
makes one feel a part of things.
Inform the church office
who will be ushering by Tuesday morning so that
the names can be printed in the worship
Before the Service
Arrive at the church at
least one half-hour before the service begins.
Wear name tag.
Check with the Pastor for
If the worship bulletins
are not in the last pew, get them from the
Leave a few bulletins on
the cabinet in the sacristy.
Get the offering plates
from the cabinet in the sacristy.
The key is hanging behind the cabinet on
the left side. You will need two offering plates
for two ushers, and four plates for four ushers.
Turn on the public address
Open the door of the large black metal
box on the rear wall of the music office.
Turn on the orange power switch at the
Ensure that the pulpit and lectern
microphones are working.
Listening devices are
located to the right of the double doors at rear
of sanctuary. Notice there are two styles of
headsets, one to go over the top of your head
and one to go behind the neck.
Check that the altar
candles are both at least two inches in length
by lifting the brass top of the candlestick out
of the white tube.
Light the candles after the choir has
finished rehearsing and before the start of the
Matches and a lighter are on the seat to
the left of the altar.
Replacement candles are in white boxes on
a shelf in the music office.
There is a second set of candlesticks on
the file cabinet in the music office that can be
substituted for the ones on the altar if time is
Replacement wicks for the lighter are in
the cabinet in the sacristy.
Ask someone to unlock door
to the Dangerfield Room (Bride’s Room).
Greet people as they
arrive, and give them bulletins. Note new
attendees so they can be welcomed in coffee
Bring the “Joys and
Concerns” book from the table in the Narthex to
the Pastor right before the service begins.
During the Service
Close the doors to the
sanctuary as the choir is processing.
Leave some bulletins on the
last pew or table next to last pew for
Count the entire
congregation, including children, choirs,
Pastor, and organist.
Record the attendance
number and the weather in the notebook in the
drawer of the table in the Dangerfield Room
Walk together down the
center aisle with plates when the pastor
says “The offering will now be taken”.
Pass the plates, pew
by pew, staying even with each other.
Wait at the rear until
the Pastor stands and gestures for
congregation to rise.
Walk to the front and
hand the plates to the pastor.
Remain through the Doxology and prayer.
Pay attention for special
circumstances such as an illness.
After the Service
Extinguish the altar
Find the deposit bag
on the shelf in the music office. If not
there get it from Treasurer’s assistant.
Find one deposit slip
on counter in music office..
Check the box in the
narthex for offerings deposited there. The
key is on the keychain with the sacristy
Take the offering
plates and any offerings from the boxes into
the music office. Count the cash offering.
Find a helper, and ask him or her to check
your count. Record the totals on the deposit
slip. Record the totals for the box in the
narthex separately. Both you and your helper
should sign the deposit slip. Do not open
pledge envelopes or other envelopes.
- Put the cash offering,
deposit slip, and all checks and pledge
envelopes in the deposit bag. Close the
deposit bag and give it to one of the
treasurer’s assistants (Geof Lyon, Charlie
Brackett, or Fred Witte).
Return the offering plates
to the sacristy cabinet, lock the door, and
return the key to its hook.
Tidy the pews, put hymnals
back, and pick up trash and discarded orders of
worship. Save any pages that would be needed for
following Sunday’s bulletin (with ongoing
events). Place these in church outer office. All
other bulletins to be discarded go in paper
recycling either in kitchen or in church outer
Check the maroon
communication note pads on inside end of each
pew. Tear off
top page if it is written on. These pages
go in the Pastor’s mailbox in church office.
Ensure that all headsets
are turned off and are placed in their charging
base with the belt hook toward the wall so the
red light illuminates.
Turn off the public address
system by turning off the orange switch.
Do not turn off any other switches. Close
door to the Dangerfield Room.