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Your family can sign up for ushering and acolyte duties either through the Signup Genius link on the ndparish.net website or at church on the ushering sign-up sheet. You can also sign up for reading (scriptures printed in bulletin) during services through this link or on the sign-up sheet at church.
Usher Duties During Worship on Sundays
As an usher your responsibility is to help the service run smoothly and efficiently. You should arrive about 30 minutes prior to the service. Your duties include:
· Reading scriptures printed in bulletin during the service.
· Turning on the lights in the sanctuary including the Altar area.
· Passing out worship bulletins as you greet guests at the bottom of the stairs.
· Light the candles on the altar if there are no acolytes.
· Receiving the offering plates from the pastor and taking the offering, including those seated in the balcony.
· Ushering and directing the congregation to the altar when there is communion. Count off ~16 individuals to go to the altar for each group.
· Shutting off the lights in the sanctuary after the service is over.
· Letting the pastor or speaker know if the speaker system in not working or if they can’t be heard.
· Ring the large rope of bell three times at call to worship and the small rope three times after the last hymn.
· CHRISTMAS EVE – Set out candles in prayer box at entrance to sanctuary for guests to take for Silent Night. Light large taper candles from altar and light each guest’s small candle.
Acolyte Duties During Worship on Sundays
Students in grades 5-8 will be expected to help the deacons as acolytes. If you have questions about acolyte duties please ask your child’s Sunday School teacher.
· Arrive 10-15 minutes before worship and put your bulletin in the front right pew.
· Make sure your partner is also there. If not, please ask another student who is at church to help you.
· There are different lengths of robes, please chose one that is the best length for you even if you must adjust it using the belt. Ask your parent to help you if you’re not sure how to adjust it.
· Make sure there are matches and that the candle wicks (tapers) are long enough to light. Ask your parent or another adult to help if you have questions.
· During the first hymn, you will light your torches and go down the aisle with the bell part pointed back at you. At the altar, begin by lighting the candles farthest from the cross and moving inward. When you are done lighting the candles, pull the taper into the stem of the torch to snuff out the flame.
· Be sure to turn on the lights behind the altar and above the chancel area (area in front of the church).
· Sit in the front pew.
· Assist with communion. When Communion is at the “table” (by the altar) acolytes will need to help take the communion cups. When we have “continuous” Communion, the acolytes will each take one of the cups (one with wine and one with the grape juice). When someone dips the wafer or bread in the cup, you say “the Blood of Christ, shed for you”.
· During the final hymn, go to the front and turn off the lights in the chancel area, the lights behind the altar, and extinguish the candles on the altar from the inside candle to the outer candle. Before extinguishing the candle closest to the cross, light your torch, then extinguish the candle. Proceed back out of the church with your torch lit.
Please return everything to where you found it. Put everything away neatly (the gowns, candle lighters, matches, etc.).
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