Ushers

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USHER GUIDELINES

Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

Before Mass
Ushers should check in on the list in the Liturgical Ministers Room at least 15 minutes before Mass. Then they should be available to answer questions and talk to parishioners and visitors in the narthex. Please do not prop open the doors between the nave and the narthex before Mass begins; this will keep the noise of the narthex out of the church. Once Mass begins, ushers should help people to find a place to sit in the nave; if there are people standing due to no place to sit, no one may sit on the windowsills.

During Mass
There is a phone in the Liturgical Ministers Room and a phone in the main sacristy; these phones can be used for emergencies; dial “8” then dial “911” and tell them the address of the church is 9460 NE 14th Street. Ushers need to know where the fire extinguishers are. Ushers should be available to people for help. Ushers can direct inquirers to the bathrooms, nursery and water fountain and show them where Book of Prayer Intentions and other parish information is kept. Throughout Mass ushers should be aware where they can help when needed.

Ushers take up the collection after the Prayers of the Faithful and put all the money into one basket for the Facilitator to carry when the bread and wine are carried to the altar. During the Communion Procession, ushers should help direct people to the proper communion line.

After Mass
At the end of the closing hymn, two unrelated ushers take the basket of money to the sacristy; see separate directions for taking money to the safe. Other ushers will clean up the pews and floor in church and straighten the books and envelopes.

Please remember that you are responsible for finding someone to take your place if you are unable to come to the Mass to which you have been assigned.

Revised 11/2/2013