Our church’s Worship Committee participates in worship planning and provides support for the work of the pastor and musicians. This committee considers the combined work of Acolytes, Altar Guild, Communion Stewards, Ushers, Greeters and other related groups. The needs of special services are discussed and planned for in ways that communicate “worship matters.”
Acolyte: The Acolyte is an important part of the worship service and is responsible for bringing the Christ Light into the sanctuary at the beginning of each service (8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.) as well as special services scheduled throughout the year by lighting the candles on the church altar. The Acolyte also extinguishes the candles at the close of each service and carries the Christ Light out into the world. Acolytes are needed every Sunday morning and special occasions on a rotating basis. Schedules are provided on the inside of the door in the closet located in our Narthex. Acolytes may select their worship time preference. Training for Acolytes will be provided on an “as needed” basis. Any church member age 8 to 80 wishing to serve as an Acolyte is eligible.
Altar Flowers: Flowers are placed on the church altar every Sunday morning for the two worship services. If you would like to place flowers on the altar in honor or memory of someone check the available dates on the Flower Calendar located in our church foyer. Sign your name on the available date you prefer on the calendar. A member of our Altar Guild will call you the first of the week prior to the Sunday you have reserved to obtain the necessary information to be included in the Sunday bulletin. Altar arrangements cost $35.00—$40.00. Checks should be payable to First United Methodist Church, and note on the memo line of your check “Altar Flowers.” Special flowers (Poinsettias at Christmas and Lilies at Easter) decorate our sanctuary at these two holy celebrations. Information and order forms for these special flowers are announced in the monthly newsletter and weekly bulletins at the appropriate time.
Altar Guild: The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the sanctuary for worship by refilling candles, changing paraments, ordering flowers and filling the pew pockets, communion, weddings, and funerals and assisting the acolyte. They meet once a year and is made up of women age 18-80 who rotate responsibilities. Two women, one from each service, serve together each Sunday.
(8:45 a.m. Worship Service): Lectionary readers for the early service read four or five times a year. Scheduling is done on an ad hoc basis from week to week. Feel free to tell the Liturgist Contact Person if Old Testament names are a problem for you. You too can remind us, “This is the Word of the Lord.”
(11:00 a.m. Worship Service): The liturgist is an integral part of the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The liturgist’s function is to read two Bible passages during the service. The passages are selected by the Pastor to relate to his message for each particular Sunday. We have 15+ people who desire to participate and contribute to the 11:00 a.m. Sunday service by being readers. Each week’s liturgist picks up his/her assigned readings from the church office on the preceding Thursday. The liturgists are given a quarterly schedule in advance. Any church member, teenage or adult is welcome to participate in the liturgist program.
Ushers: The usher is an important person as both the usher and greeter are usually the first two contacts that both members and visitors have with the church. It is important that visitors and members feel welcome. The usher should arrive at the church at least 20 minutes before the service. Duties include:
1. Handing out bulletins as people enter the church.
2. Counting the number of people in church and recording this attendance information on the form that is on the inside of the closet door in the Narthex.
3. Collecting the offering during the worship service (the usher is also responsible for getting another church member to assist him/her during the offering) and after the service put the money into the Church safe. This also includes the Fishes and Loaves offering on the first Sunday of each month.
4. After the service is over the usher checks the pews to pick up any bulletins or other paper left in the pews and also checks to be sure all hymnals and Bibles are in the pew holders.
5. After the 11:00 o’clock service, the usher places all unused bulletins into the recycle box located on the shelf in the closet of the Narthex.
There is one usher for each regular service and two assigned ushers for the combined Fifth Sunday service. There is usually an usher for special services. There is one group of ushers for each service (8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.). They serve on a rotating basis. A schedule is mailed out for each quarter and a reminder card is sent the week that an usher is to serve the following Sunday. The schedule is also posted on the inside of the closet door in the Narthex. There are enough ushers that some will serve only one Sunday and others two Sundays in any quarter. They may select their worship time preference. Any church member is eligible and welcome to serve as an usher.
Greeter: There are two greeters for both worship services. One greeter serves the Foyer — Narthex area while the other greeter serves the Narthex — Cry Room area. Greeters should arrive at least 15—20 minutes prior to the start of the service. They assist the ushers with bulletins if needed, and make sure the lights are turned on over the Jesus picture and the Visitors Registration Book prior to each service. They ensure these lights are turned off after the 11:00 o’clock service. They greet and welcome all who arrive for the service, and ask visitors to sign our Guest Book and give them a “welcome bag.” Children’s bags are available in the Narthex for the children to use during the worship service. Greeter badges are available to those who wish to wear a badge. Contact: Jean Crelia