Ushering at the 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist

Thank you for your willingness to serve as an usher at our 5 p.m. Saturday Eucharist at St. Margaret’s! Your important work is an act of hospitality and hope for those who attend and participate.

Because this is a small service, the role of the Saturday night usher is much simpler than at other services, and we normally schedule only one usher. Because being an usher at larger services is more involved, we do not assume that because you’re a Saturday night usher, that you also are willing and able to serve at other times, unless you tell us that specifically.

The usher’s primary role is to provide welcome and direction for the members of the congregation. Dress neatly but casually. Your presence and hospitality are the most important part.

Ushers should arrive at about 4:30, and station themselves in the narthex (lobby). If the lights in the narthex are not turned on, the switches are on the wall near the closer on the north side. The front doors and the side doors on the north side facing the parking lot should be unlocked. If they’re not, please prop them as needed and call this to the priest’s attention.

The bulletins should be on the table on the north side of the narthex, or in the north closet, usually in a plastic postal tray. Make sure the bulletins have a large number 5 in the upper right corner, which indicates that they are for this service. The bulletins should be accompanied by a count sheet and a plastic offering bag with a large number 5 on the front. As guests arrive, each should receive a warm welcome, a bulletin, and directions to be seated and comfortable in the lighted area of the north transept. Restrooms are located at the north (men’s) and south (women’s) ends of the narthex. People who are visiting for the first time should be welcomed and encouraged to return a Connections card, available in the pews.

During the service, please count the congregation, note the number on the count sheet, and include that sheet with the collected offering.

At the offertory (just after the peace and the announcements), please use an alms basin to collect an offering from the congregation. The basin usually is in front on a table, and if not, can be found in the sacristy. When finished, take the offering to the priest while he/she is preparing the table. Please do not stand at the back waiting for the priest to finish the table setup.

During communion, please stand in the aisle to assist with regulating the flow of people to receive the bread and wine, offering help as needed to those who have mobility challenges.

After the service, please put the contents of the offering plate into the plastic bag with the large number 5 that should have been included with the bulletins, seal it, and drop it into the safe in the sacristy.

Last updated: February 15, 2014 at 15:03 pm