Information for Usher

Purpose: To prepare the church nave for worship, and to welcome people to worship and see that they have bulletins and hymnals.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:
• Arrive 15 min. before worship begins.
• If not already done, unlock outside doors.
• Be sure that sanctuary, narthex and entry lights are on.
• Adjust thermostat and audio equipment, if necessary
• Welcome people to worship.
• Give out bulletins as worshipers arrive.
• Direct late arrivals to seats, if necessary
• During the singing of the first song, light the candle lighter for the acolyte {If no acolyte is serving, light the candle lighter and walk down the aisle to the altar, bow at the step, light the two candles on the altar; if the Christ Candle is near the baptismal font, light that as well; put out the lighter and return to your seat}.
• Receive the offering (pass baskets in early service).

In 2nd service, go forward to receive the plates and bring them forward with communion elements during offertory.
• Count worshipers (w/ musicians, nursery, etc)
• Direct visitors to commune, if necessary
• Pour communion wine in the assistant’s chalice (If assisting in the traditional service).
• Collect discarded bulletins for recycling.
• Place offering in the locked closet in the church office.

*A first-aid kit is available on the AED machine near the Guest Book.
*Instruction sheets are sent to ushers preceding usher duty and are available on the usher table outside of the sanctuary.
*Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for specific dates of service on the bulletin board and sign-up book in the gathering area.

Thank you for your willingness to serve as an Usher.

Information for Nursery Assistant

Purpose: To provide parents of small children the opportunity to worship without interruption.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• Ask parents to sign in their children on the provided clipboard.
• Walk, rock, cuddle, and provide loving care for children.
• Help children in the restroom; change diapers as needed.
• Leave the nursery tidy for the next visitors.

Adults may sign up on the service opportunity sign-up sheets in the gathering area to serve during either the 8:15 (9:00 summer)or 10:30 service as desired.
DCFS background check forms are kept on file for insurance purposes and are available for volunteers upon request.

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Nursery Assistant.

Information for Greeter

Purpose: To help welcome visitors and greet all people as they are entering the church.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• Arrive at the church about 20 minutes prior to the service.

• Put on a name tag (In Greeter cabinet in the church office).

• Stand in the entryway to greet people before the service.

• If volunteers recognize a first-time visitor, invite the guest to sign the guest book. (If volunteers are unsure if a visitor is new, please consult Pastor or another member or have a conversation with the worshiper.)

• After the service, volunteers should invite any guests to return and hand out a mug, bookmark, newsletter and brochure (available on the shelves under the service opportunity sign up book; extra supplies available in the Greeter cabinet in the church office).

• Pick up the attendance sheets from the Welcome Folders in the pews and place them in the church office.

• Document names of new visitors in the book found in the Greeter cabinet in the church office.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up to serve as Greeter on the service opportunity sign-up sheets as desired.
Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Greeter.

Information for Fellowship Host

Purpose: To enhance fellowship and outreach by providing a social setting following worship and on special occasions.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• Provide and serve simple refreshments (cookies, crackers and cheese, fruit, muffins, donuts, juice, coffee, etc.) after the worship service. (Plan for about 75 people.)
{Napkins, cups, plastic ware, plates, etc. are available for use in the wooden cabinet in the gathering area and/or in the library kitchen area as well as plastic gloves.}

• After fellowship, tidy up the area and resources used (coffee pots, tables, paper goods, etc.)
Cleaning supplies/vacuums available in janitor’s closet

• If used, turn off the front switch on the Bunn coffee makers, leaving the side switch on so that the reserve tank stays hot. The Keurig coffee maker also stays on.
A member often prepares coffee early on Sunday mornings, but if needed, follow these instructions:

Making Coffee: Large Pot: use 1/3 c. scoop:
3 scoops for 24 cups
4 scoops for 35 cups
Bunn Coffee Makers: use 1/8 c. scoop:
4 scoops for 10 cups

Volunteers are welcome to sign up to serve as Fellowship Host on the service opportunity sign-up sheets in the gathering area as desired.
Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Fellowship Host.

Information for Acolyte

Purpose: To carry the light of Christ into our time of worship by lighting candles before the service and carrying the light out afterwards.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• Arrive 15 min. before worship begins.
• Put on a robe from the closet in Pastor’s office.
• During the singing of the first song, have an usher light the candle lighter and walk down the aisle to the altar.
• Bow at the step.
• Light the two candles on the altar.
• If the Christ Candle is near the baptismal font, light that as well.
• Put out the lighter.
• Return to your seat.
• At the end of the service, during the singing of the final song, come forward to the altar.
• Bow at the step.
• Light the lighter from one of the altar candles.
• Extinguish all candles.
• Walk out the back doors of the sanctuary carrying the light, leading the congregation to carry the light of Christ out into the world.

Thank you for your willingness to serve as an Acolyte.
You may sign up to serve as Acolyte in the sign up book in the church gathering area.

Information for 1st Service Communion Assistant

Purpose: To assist in worship by distributing the bread to communicants and saying a blessing over children.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• Before or during the service, secure two helpers to hold the communion chalices during distribution.
• Come to the front of the sanctuary as the pastor indicates that it is time for communion (also indicated in bulletins).
• The pastor will hand over bread to distribute to one side of the congregation coming forward. Step to the side that the pastor indicates with one of the helpers.
• As participants come forward, say to each one as you give a wafer, “The body of Christ, given for you. The blood of Christ shed for you.” Participants take the wafer and dip it in the helper’s chalice. (Those participants not taking communion receive a simple blessing.)
• After all participants have communed, remain at the front of the sanctuary to receive communion yourself and to share communion with the helpers and the pastor. When relieved, return to your seat.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up to serve as a Communion Assistant on the service opportunity sign-up sheets in the gathering area as desired.
Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Communion Assistant

Information for 2nd Service Communion Assistant

Purpose: To assist in worship by distributing the wine and by leading the congregation in prayers and responses.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• At distribution time, walk up a side isle to meet Pastor at the altar as the ushers walk up the center isle.

• Accept the offering plates from the ushers;
Place them on the east end of the altar table.

• Read the “Prayers of the Day” as prepared.

• Accept the wine chalice from Pastor;
Follow the pastor along the communion rail.
After the pastor shares the bread with communicants (“The body of Christ given for you”), continue with, “The blood of Christ shed for you” as you fill each cup about ½ full. (Those participants not taking communion receive a simple blessing from the pastor.)

• Ushers may refill the chalice at the altar, or you may need to refill the chalice yourself as needed.

• Upon completion of communion, share the prepared reading.

• After the pastor provides a blessing, face the altar and bow before returning to your seat.

Volunteers are encouraged make Pastor aware of your interest in serving in this way. Quarterly rotation schedules are sent to regular volunteers, or you may sign up to serve in the gathering area as desired.

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Communion Assistant.

Information for Reader

Purpose: To bring the Scriptures to the congregation and in the traditional service, to give voice to the congregational prayers.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

• When you receive the Celebrate bulletin insert the week prior to serving, read through the Lessons.

• (For 2nd service Readers) : Receive a copy of the Prayers from the pastor the morning of service.

• Direct any questions to the pastor before worship.

• To read the Lessons, walk to the pulpit microphone (microphone should be turned off when not in use).

• The words for introducing the readings are:
The first/second reading is from the ____ chapter of ____.

• The words for concluding the reading are found in the bulletin.
• (For 2nd service Readers]: Introduce the psalm:
The psalm for this Sunday is Psalm ____; it is printed on page 2 of the Celebrate insert. I invite you to read the psalm with me, responsively, by whole verses.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up to serve as a Reader on the service opportunity sign-up sheets in the church gathering area.

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Reader.