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Title: USHER TRAINING


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RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
USHER TRAINING
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AGENDA
  • Welcome Session Overview......... Tom Evans
  • Ushering The Pastors Perspectives..Pastor
    Jim
  • Ushers Responsibilities...Denise Guest
  • Answering Your Questions............All

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GUIDE FOR USHERS Thank you for volunteering to
be an Usher! You contribute by serving as 1)
hosts for members and visitorsgreeting
them and attending to their special needs 2)
recorders of essential attendance data 3)
worship guides for the Offering, Holy
Communion and other special functions 4)
caregivers if someone becomes ill 5)
caretakers to ensure that the sanctuary is
in order.
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  • Before the Worship Service
  • Arrive 25-30 minutes before the first service
    starts earlier if its snowing. Arrive 20
    minutes before the late service.
  • Wear your name tag or the Usher tag.
  • Check-in with the Council Person-of-the-day.
  • Inspect sidewalks.
  • Ensure sanctuary is in order.
  • Place offering plates in back of sanctuary.

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  • Before the Worship Service (Continued)
  • Check to be sure the communion elements are in
    the credenza.
  • Ensure the visitors table in the narthex is
    orderly. The visitor log and prayer list should
    be available.
  • Check with Pastors and Council Person-of-the-day
    for any special instructions.
  • In the absence of acolytes, light the altar
    candles
  • 5 minutes prior to start of worship.
  • Place cup of water at the pulpit.

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  • Before the Worship Service (Continued)
  • Greet/welcome members and visitors as they enter
    the sanctuary.
  • SMILE !!
  • Invite visitors to sign the guest book
  • Point out visitor to Council member and/or some
    other friendly face to be sure they feel welcomed
  • Be cognizant of any special needs
  • Assist with seating as necessary. This is
    especially important when attendance is large.

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  • During the Service
  • Close doors at beginning of service.
  • Be alert for late-comers, and greet them with
    bulletins.
  • Seat people as necessary. Avoid seating during
    Confession, Prayers, or reading of Scripture.
  • Be attentive to possible excess noise in the
    narthex.
  • Record attendance during or after the first hymn.
  • Receive Offering. Using the side aisles, start
    at front pews and proceed to back.
  • Present Offering Communion Elements

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  • During the Service (Continued)
  • Usher during Communion.
  • Communion by Tables Communion received
    around the altar with 2 tables of approximately
    10-14 people each. Invite people forward to
    receive communion using the side aisles. Start
    at the back, beginning with the center pews, move
    forward to the front and return back with
    outside pews. Note If there are people sitting
    along the back wall, invite these people forward
    first, then proceed to the back center pews.
    Try to avoid delays from the dismissal of one
    table to the arrival of the next. Also, try to
    avoid separating families by different tables.
    Be alert to the fact that Choir members
    typically join their families as they come
    forward.

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End
End
Start
Start
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  • During the Service (Continued)
  • Usher During Communion.
  • Communion by Intinction Communion is received
    as people come forward by the center isle to one
    or two stations in front of the alter. They
    return to their pews by way of the side isles.
    Ushers direct people forward using the center
    isle, starting at the front, beginning with the
    center pews. A queue is formed so that there is
    a continuous flow of people receiving
    Communion. After people in the center pews have
    either received Communion, or are in line, those
    in the side pews are invited to come forward
    starting at the front. People are directed to
    go down the side isles to the back of the
    sanctuary and join the queue in the center isle.

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Start
Start
End
End
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  • During the Service (Continued)
  • Usher During Communion.
  • Continuous Communion (Not often used) There
    are no separate tables rather there is a
    continuous flow of people coming forward to
    receive Communion at the alter rail, and
    returning to their pew by the center isle.
    Ushers invite people forward using the side
    isles starting at the back, beginning with the
    center pews. Those coming forward form a queue
    at the front of the side isle, and come to the
    alter rail as there is a space.
  • For all forms of Communion, be attentive to
    people who may need assistance in walking.
    Inquire if the person would like to receive
    communion at the pew. If so, inform the Pastor
    after others have received Communion.

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  • During the Service (Continued)
  • Throughout the service, be prepared for any
    emergency that may arise. Should there be a
    medical emergency, assess the situation, call
    911 as necessary. If appropriate, assist the
    ill or injured person to the narthex. Know the
    location of the first aid kit (kitchen) and fire
    extinguishers. Having a cell phone with you when
    ushering could be helpful in emergencies. (Turn
    off ringer).

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  • After the Service
  • Clean up sanctuary by straightening Hymnals and
    Bibles (upright with front (title) visible),
    collecting discarded bulletins and inserts,
    replacing pens/pencils, and picking up trash.
    After the late service, turn off lights, and
    reset thermostat, if necessary.
  • Rejoice! You have served well. Thank you!

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