Usher Duties

Please note that the early services vary slightly as indicated below.

** Also note that the front outer doors should NEVER be locked during a service.

Thank you so much for your participation in this special ministry at Trinity.  Making fellow parishioners, and especially newcomers, feel welcome to our place of worship is extremely important.  Greeters and ushers represent Trinity to everyone coming in our front door and the impressions people receive can be lasting! By working together, greeters and ushers can enhance these important impressions.

Before the service

Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to beginning of service.

Get Usher name badge from drawer to the right of the long table.

Please leave the outer door open and chained back to stay open during the service unless the weather is really bad and leaving it open would be disruptive to the service and the congregation.

Use the inner swinging doors to reduce any breezes and traffic noise from the street, but when possible, please leave doors open until the service begins.

Unlock the handicap entrance – the door just to the right of the main entrance.

Get counter from same table drawer.

One usher should count each person as they enter and count the choir, clergy, Eucharist Ministers, acolyte, crucifer, torch bearers etc. This information will be entered on the card for the day that is given to the crucifer when you receive the offering plates. The card for the day is usually on the long table.

Greet people as they enter, offer a bulletin and assist in seating them if needed. 

Should you see a visitor who may have been missed by the greeter, please greet them warmly as if you were the greeter, introducing yourself, and give them a mug, draw their attention to the visitor card and ask them to fill it out. Likewise, if a visitor has been passed to you by the greeter, please do the same.

Inform them the card can be put in the offering plate or given to the clergy after the service.  Also point out the bookmark and all the Trinity information that is available in the mug and at the back of the church.

Feel free to give a mug to each person if you are greeting a couple.

Ask visitors and newcomers if they need help finding anything in the church or parish house; restrooms, nursery, etc. 

Ring bell 10 minutes before the service. (optional)

Ask two people from the congregation to take the elements to the altar.

Note members who need to have Communion brought to them in the pews. (Let the Priest or Deacon know where these people are located when you take Communion.)

During the service

Go to the steps at the front of the church when the Offertory begins.  Hand the card with the count to the Crucifer (at 11:00) and take an offering plate.

Each usher passes the plate down one of the rows.

Ushers bring offering plates to the steps at the front when the Presentation hymn begins. Stand at the steps until the hymn ends. (There is no music at the 7:45 service so do this when indicated in the bulletin.)

Take a seat in one of the front side pews until you need to direct the congregation to the altar rail.

One usher is needed in each main aisle to move back pew by pew to let people know they can proceed to the altar for communion. Try to avoid backing up too many people in the line. One usher is needed at the foot of the steps on the left and right to assist people as needed.

After everyone in the congregation has taken Communion, ushers go to the rail for Communion and then return to the back of the church for the remainder of the service.

At this time, please have one usher go over to the Parish House to check each floor for anything out of the ordinary (people where they shouldn’t be, are the fridge and freezer doors in the kitchen shut as we’ve had trouble with this, etc.).

After the Service

Ushers gather bulletins and other items left in the pews and straighten cushions.

Please place unused TIME or SACRA envelopes on the table at the back of the church for reuse.

Head Usher picks up flowers to be delivered to parishioners from the Altar Guild room. Ushers check with head usher to see if they are needed for flower delivery. (11:00 only)

Turn off lights in vestibule (tiled area just inside the front doors) and the narthex lights at the rear of the church (switch is around pillar near children’s area.)

The Altar Guild will turn off the main lights in the church.

Check that sound system is turned off with switch in chancel at the top of steps down to hallway. (11:00 only)

Make sure front door and both side doors are locked. (11:00 only)

Check the Parish House to see if anything is happening; if not, lock the main doors, and the doors in McCracken Hall, off Johnson Street, and under the stairs on the east side of the building. (11:00 only)

Job Done!