Why be an usher?
First time guests often decide whether they’ll attend a second time within the first seven minutes of arriving. Long before a word is preached or a song is sung, guests have formed an opinion of our church. FIT members help shape that first impression, by offering guests a giant welcome, helpful information, and a fond farewell from the street to their seat.
Your role as an usher
- Give a warm welcome with a big smile and handshake.
- Stand at auditorium entrance to open doors and distribute bulletins.
- Help find seats, especially after the service begins.
- Assist with offering & communion.
- Remain in position for the first 20 minutes of service.
- Watch for needs during the service and offer help.
- After service, look for & reintroduce yourself to those you met earlier.
(5 minute rule!)
- Be sure auditorium is prepared before and after service.
- Inform lead usher of any concerns.
- Assist in contacting fire responders and facilitating exit in case of a fire or medical emergency
- Serve every week or every other week for six months.
- Find your own replacement, when needed, via approved contact list.
- Arrive 30 before the service, so that your team can pray and be in position to serve 20 minutes before the service, and stay for ten minutes afterwards.
- Review names of new people you previously met.
Next steps . . .
Assist a veteran team member one Sunday, as a trial run. If this is a good ministry fit, you’ll be asked to serve at least 2 Sundays per month, with a 1- month trial period. Attending monthly ministry team meetings
Notes . . .
Go the extra mile. Be willing to leave your post to help a guest find a room. Smile and be positive! Besides Ushers , the First Impression Team consists of Outside & Inside Greeters and Café Attendants.