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Serve in Worship
St. Paul's Worship
Greeter By serving as a greeter today you have the opportunity to make the first impression on our guests. Many times people make a decision about a church based on these first impressions. One of the core values at our church is to create an authentic, welcoming, and non-threatening environment. You have the opportunity to convey that from the moment people step onto our church property! Smile warmly, distribute programs and let each person know that we’re glad they are here. If possible, greet them outside and help with the door. You are our first impression!
Usher By serving as an usher today you have the opportunity to help people feel comfortable at church. Many times people make a decision about a church based on their first impressions. One of our goals is to create an authentic and non-threatening worship environment. You have the opportunity to convey that by smoothing the way for people to participate in the service. Each week we have a “head usher” whose main responsibility is to gather a team of ushers to serve and make sure the congregation is being cared for that day. The Head Usher, along with the liturgist, will serve for the month. The responsibilities for ushers include: Before the service the ushers ring the church bell; during the worship service, ushers receive the offering and perhaps offer a prayer to follow, they also make the microphone available during the service as needed and mark the worship attendance including the nursery. After the service, the ushers should make sure things are not in too much disarray. If you notice something out of place, help by setting it right before you leave, by making sure paper and pens are picked up from the pews, lights and fans are turned off, and the doors are locked. The most important job of the usher though is the people. Look for people to assist as they settle into their seats. Find new people, people who haven’t attended in a while, welcome them and welcome them back. Let people know they are noticed. —and smile!
Liturgist As the Liturgist you have the best opportunity to connect what they did at church with the rest of their life. This is an opportunity to serve the church, connect the worship experience to others, and experience our own growth. As such, we owe it to God, each other, and ourselves to take the responsibility seriously, prepare well, and boldly minister! Arrive to the sanctuary at least 15 minutes early in order to coordinate the opening of the service with the worship leader, the call to worship may be a song or it may be a prayer. You, along with our pastor, share the responsibility of the leadership for the day. Your role may vary somewhat week to week, month to month, but consistently include: The first Sunday of the month, you prepare the elements for and assist serving communion. Check with the pastor about finding others to assist. Prepare ahead of time your words of welcome for guests. Our morning announcements can be pretty similar each week, directing people to help with the connection card information, the Next steps on the back, the importance of prayer requests; then pointing out the printed announcements in the bulletin without the need to solicit announcements "from the floor". Before you leave the podium, make sure you communicate a personal welcome. Explain where you will be at the end of the service if they have questions. BE THERE looking for people with questions or new faces. Hand off visitor to other members in order to make connections. Pass along to the pastor new names and returning faces so he can follow up. The liturgist should end their day, at church, in prayer or conversation with visitors.