Welcome!
All are welcome to worship at Sharon Lutheran Church.  Worship gathers us as one body, invites us to hear God's Word, leads us to experience God's grace in baptism and communion, and then sends us out to engage and serve the world.

Sharon Lutheran Church
1720 S. 20th St. 
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Office: 701-772-3122
Email: office@sharonlutheran.org

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Celebration Hall Worship Usher Responsibilities

Thanks for agreeing to help with ushering at the Sunday morning/Wednesday evening services. As ushers, you play an essential part in making worshipers feel welcome in our church, and in making them feel welcome in our services again.

1) Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to worship time.

2) Make sure bulletins are located at tables near each of the 2 doors.

3) Check within 10-15 minutes prior to the service to make sure that communion has been prepared or is in the process of being prepared. If not, either recruit some people to begin the preparation or notify a pastor to help in the recruitment process.

4) One usher should stand at each door to hand a bulletin to arriving worshipers. Give a greeting with a smile. Additional ushers should be available to assist worshipers in finding a seat, if necessary.

5) Periodically invite people to take a communion distribution card if they would like to assist with communion. Notify the pastor prior to the start of the service if some cards have not been picked up.

6) Close doors during the opening song. Stay by the closed doors to open the door and welcome and assist late arrivals. The rocking chairs are intended for parents who may need to rock a child.

7) Coordinate candle lighting during the last gathering song. If no 6th grade acolytes are present, designate one usher to do it. Candle lighters are hanging on the wall in the sacristy (communion preparation room off the traditional worship center). Lighters are in the drawer next to the sink. Light the two candles on the altar for every service. The free-standing paschal candle is lit when there is a baptism and during the Easter season. Extinguish the candles during the last song.

8) Take the offering at the designated time. Start from front to back with one usher responsible for each section of chairs. Use as many plates as manageable. Two ushers may bring the plates to the altar after the offering has been collected and then return to their places. At the end of the service take the filled plates to the work room in the office area. Bank deposit bags are located in the third drawer under the counter with the postage machine. Fill the bag(s) with the offering, remove the key after the bag has been zipped shut, place the key in the container in the third drawer, and give the locked bag to a pastor. Return the empty plates to the Celebration Hall.

9) Direct people to communion as soon as the invitation to communion is given by the pastor. The pattern of communion distribution will vary depending on the arrangement of the sections of chairs and the number of stations needed for that service. Coordinate this with the instructions of the pastor leading that service. If someone is unable to come forward for communion, inform the pastor. Ushers take communion after all worshipers have been ushered to the front.

10) Count attendance during the service and write down the number on the chart located in the plastic container on the south wall of Celebration Hall.

11) After the service, return the Welcome to Worship packets to the end of the row and re-fill any empty packets with up to ten cards. Also, remove all trash to prepare for the next service. Straighten the pile of bulletins on the tables that may have been returned by the worshipers.

Thank you!

 

Click here for traditional worship usher responsibilities.

Thanks again for agreeing to help with ushering!

Last Published: September 12, 2014 8:09 PM