CUMC USHER GUIDELINES AS WE BEGIN TO GATHER AGAIN
We are looking for a number of people who will be willing to serve as Centenary ushers as we once again OPEN OUR DOORS and welcome our church family back to our beautiful church home to worship together in person.
Please note that the duties of our ushers will change dramatically from what they have been consistently for likely as long as we can all remember.
First, we will tell you what the ushers will not do.
They will not:
- Shake hands, bump elbows, or hug anyone.
- Stand in the doorway of the sanctuary which would not allow them to maintain the 6-foot social distancing that we must all strive to maintain.
- Pass out bulletins – because we will not have bulletins. The information relative to the different aspects of the service will be projected on the screen at the front of the sanctuary.
- Light the candles in the front of the church. Pastor Leanne will light them prior to the beginning of the service.
- Take up the collection. We will have our small church on a table in the Narthex. Folks will place their offering in the church either before or after the service.
Second, we will tell you what the ushers will do.
- They should plan to arrive at the church at least one-half hour prior to the beginning of the service. It is important that they are there prior to any other of the church family who will be worshipping with us on the morning they are ushering. The next will explain why this is important.
- The ushers will take attendance by checking each person’s name from a list of folks who have made a reservation to attend the service. This may change slightly if our capacity increases. The list will be provided to the ushers as soon as they arrive to begin their duties. Please note: we are required to have an accurate list of every person who attends any of our services or other meetings that occur in our building so, should anyone attending a service be tested positive for Covid 19, the County Health Department can trace anyone else who might have been exposed. Also note that the outside doors into the Narthex will remain open so that no one entering will need to touch the doors as they enter or leave the building. There will need to be an usher facing each door – but six feet or more away from the door to maintain proper social distancing.
- They will have a supply of facemasks on a table in the Narthex available for any person who comes to the church without one. Everyone is required to wear a facemask. If someone refuses to wear a mask, they should be politely but firmly told that we are not allowed by state and local mandates to allow them to worship with us without a mask.
- Tell them we sincerely want them to join us in worship and, if and when they decide to wear a facemask when they come to Centenary, we will do everything we can to make them feel most welcome.
- The ushers will direct anyone who wishes to use a rest room to use the one in the Mother’s Room right off the Narthex. Only one person is allowed in the bathroom at a time – with the exception of a parent and child or if one individual is in need of physical assistance and a family member needs to be with him/her to help.
- Immediately after the rest room is used, it needs to be wiped down with disinfectant
wipes before another person may enter. Door knobs, faucet and toilet handles and
the toilet seat are the primary areas that will need attention.
- The ushers will tell people, as they enter, that they are welcome to sit at the end of any pew that is labeled. This will mean that only two people (family members) will sit together at one end of a long pew. Two others can sit at the other end of the same pew. (Exception: an immediate family group may sit together and take us as much of a single pew that they will need. In this case, no other person should sit in that pew. Only every other pew will be available for sitting until the restrictions that we must follow eventually loosen up.
- At the end of the service, Pastor Leanne will encourage everyone to quickly leave the building – not stopping to visit in the Narthex. She may ask you to dismiss the folks a few pews at a time so that there will not be a “bottle neck” of folks going through the Narthex and out the door at the same time. We will dismiss the back pews first.
Please note: As an usher, you will play a very important and vital role in assuring that we open in a way that will provide a safe setting for our church family to gather and worship our Heavenly Father.
If you feel called to serve as an usher either for one time or – even better – for multiple times, please call the church office and tell Pastor Leanne or Kathy Putman or Rose Shaw so they can get you on the schedule. If no one happens to answer the phone, please leave a message and your phone number and someone will get back to you ASAP.
Thank you so much for giving our request that you consider ushering your serious and prayerful attention. We will be so delighted and thankful if you say an enthusiastic “YES”. May God Bless each and every member of our church family.
The Church Worship Committee
Note: The church calendar is not included in the July Newsletter. The birthday Calendar will be a separate attachment.