Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church


Foley, Minnesota

Usher Duties      Printable PDF

* * * Please arrive 30 minutes before worship. * * *
Before Worship:

  • Turn on the lights and the ceiling fans
  • Turn on the sound system – always turn on the speakers last.
  • Update the “Hymn Board.”
  • Check condition of sanctuary (arrange hymnals, pick up debris, etc) and usher cart. (Usher cart inventory: bulletins, offering envelopes, children’s bulletins, sermon notes, attendance record – make sure there are some of each on top of the cart. Extra copies are in the drawers/base of the cart or the church office.)
  • Make sure there are communion cards and pencils in each pew.
  • Open windows (weather permitting).
  • Hand bulletins (and other worship materials) to people as they enter the sanctuary.
  • If there is a baptism (check the bulletin), reserve the front few pews on the left side and place a half full pitcher of water behind the baptismal font.
  • If there is communion (check the bulletin), make sure the communion rail & pads are in place.
During worship:
  • Help worship assistant light the candle lighter.
  • Usher in late arrivals – help them find spots to sit, preferably during the opening hymn.
  • Count and record the attendance on the attendance record sheet.
  • Collect the offering. If there is communion, close the communion rail & position the extra cushion after presenting the offering to the worship assistant.
  • If there is communion, usher the worshipers for communion. Collect communion cards (put them in the offering plate or the “Items for the Office” mailbox after the service).
  • After communion, remove the extra pad and open the rail.
After worship:
  • Check condition of the sanctuary (arrange hymnals, pick up debris, etc).
  • Straighten up the usher cart.
  • If this is the final service for the day:
    • Turn off all lights in the entire church after everyone has left.
    • Turn off ceiling fans.
    • Turn off sound system – always turn off the speakers first.
    • Close windows as necessary & lock all doors.
  • Please leave everything in a neat manner.