GUIDELINES FOR USHERS AND GREETERS
Please be in position on time (10:15am). Our ministry begins with you!
Always remember, you are our front line, making that vital first impression.
Relax, be friendly, and greet everyone warmly, especially visitors,
making them feel wanted, at ease, and comfortable. Surveys have shown that
visitors often decide in the first few minutes whether they will be returning or
not based on their first impressions!
We would like for one of our male
greeters to be at the front door of the church to open it for worshipers as they
arrive for church. Umbrellas are available to escort people to the porch when
A couple of greeters should also be at the sanctuary door
to greet people as they enter the sanctuary. Other usher/greeters can mingle and
greet/chat with people.
If visitors appear to be looking for someone or
for a seat, don't be shy, offer to help them.
New/first time visitors are
already nervous about coming in to a new setting, so don't overwhelm them with
information at the door. If you're not sure if it's their first visit to VCF
don't be afraid to ask them. Let them/help them find a seat first, then once
they are comfortable, give them the visitors card and church flier.
Please be sure all first time visitors get a visitor's card! Ask
them kindly to fill out the visitor's card and place it in the offering plate so
the Pastor can send them more detailed information about the church. Let them
know the Pastor will be glad to visit with them if they would like. And, if they
have small children, inform them about the nursery/children's church (Infants
and toddlers up to three years of age can go immediately to the nursery. After
praise and worship, 4 year olds thru 6th graders go to children's church),
making sure they understand they are more than welcome to keep their
infants/kids with them in the sanctuary if they so choose! If they are
interested in taking infants to the nursery, offer to show them where it is and
lead the way.
There are folding chairs in the library should extra chairs
be needed for a service, but please don't be too hasty in pulling them out. Help
visitors find seats and try to fill up empty seats as much as possible before
pulling out the extra chairs.
Be prepared to pass out offering envelopes.
Come down the side aisles to the front at the beginning of offering time This
will serve as a reminder to the Pastor to ask if anyone needs an offering
Enter into praise and worship.
You will be in charge of
turning lights on/off (i.e., before and after praise and worship). Please turn
off the stage lights and front chandeliers only (the three switches to the
You will be in charge of controlling heat/air conditioning. Keep
thermostats set at 71 degrees.
Keep the doors to the foyer open during
praise and worship.
Assist in receiving the offering. A team of four
people should come forward, two for each side of the sanctuary.
serving communion. Again, a four person team
After the service, greet
visitors again and invite them back.
Smile, smile, smile!!!!!!!!
Thank you for volunteering to serve in this ministry. You are an
important part of our ministry team!
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