U s h e r
Before the Service
After the Service
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the service. Put on an USHER badge, which should be on the back left pew along with the bulletins and children’s bulletins. Check the back of the bulletin to see who the other ushers are for that day.
- Greet all worshippers and hand them a bulletin. If there are children, ask if they would like a children’s bulletin.
- It would be nice for the doors to the sanctuary to be closed 10 minutes before the service so those already seated can pray or meditate. The doors should definitely be closed when the Prelude begins. One usher should remain outside the doors for latecomers. The other usher(s) should stand at the back of the sanctuary. You may allow worshippers to enter the sanctuary during announcements and temple talks. If they arrive during the Order of Confession and Forgiveness, please ask them to wait until the Processional Hymn to enter the sanctuary. The ushers inside will help them find a seat.
- Please help the acolyte light the candle lighter. There is a lighter above the door on the inside of the sanctuary. If the lighter is missing or doesn’t work, there are matches in the sacristy cabinets (the room behind the pulpit).
- Ushers should sit in the last pew to assist latecomers or anyone who may need assistance.
- If it is obvious that a person is a first time worshipper with us and you have an opportunity, ask a member familiar with the service to sit next to the person and assist him or her in following the worship service.
- Count the worshippers, including the people in the nursery, and put the totals in the Attendance Book on the back left pew. This can be done during the collection of the offering as the ushers are moving from pew to pew.
- As soon as the acolyte picks up the offering plates and walks to the front of the altar, the ushers should be walking up the center aisle to receive them. The ushers hand the plates to the first person on either side of the aisle and they in turn pass them to the next person. The ushers should walk down the aisle as the plates are being passed and assist if there are any problems or big gaps between people in the pews.
- If 4 ushers are on duty, two ushers will walk up the aisle to collect the plates from the acolyte while the other two ushers walk up the outside aisles towards the front. The two inside ushers then start the plates at the first two rows and the outside ushers pick up the plates from the last person in each row, and give them to the next two rows.
- After the Offertory music or anthem, the acolyte will proceed back to the front of the altar and two ushers will walk down the center aisle with all four plates and hand them to the acolyte. The ushers will then give a slight bow to the cross, turn, and proceed down the aisle to the back of the sanctuary.
- After the Lord’s Prayer when the Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”) starts, the communion assistants will walk to the altar. The ushers should stand at the back. As the Minister is distributing communion to the communion assistants, acolyte, and crucifer, all ushers should head up the center aisle.
- Two ushers will release the worshippers row by row for communion. If there are four ushers, the other two will stand next to the forward most pew and let the worshippers know when to move to the communion rail. When the choir is present, they should commune first. The worshippers should be gently guided to fill the communion rail from right to left as you face the rail. The left side “gatekeeper” should gently guide the worshippers on that side to start at the front of the communion rail and fill to the left.
- A comfortable number of people to let in is 8-10 people per side. Try to keep the communion rail full, but avoid overcrowding. Be attentive to family members and try not to separate them. As soon as the entire right side leaves, the next group should be guided to the rail, then the left side, and so on. The ushers will wait until all have been communed and then go with the last group.
After the Service
- Check the sanctuary for anything left in the pews. Pick up any bulletins and put them on the pew with the other bulletins and straighten the hymnals. For the 11:00 service, please turn out the lights.
- Ushers’ duties may be different for special services. Those ushering for these worship events should always arrive early enough to receive instruction for the particular service.