Usher Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USHERS AT

MEMORIAL SERVICES


Most memorial services require three ushers and one parking attendant.  One usher should take charge making sure that each task is assigned to a specific person.


Before the service:


  • Make sure the parking attendant knows how many spaces to reserve for the family.
  • Ensure that adequate seating is reserved for the family at the front of the sanctuary.
  • Discuss with the family if they wish to exit the sanctuary through the front door (to the right as you face the chancel) or out the back.
    • If the reception following the service is going to be in the Upper Gathering Space, the family can use either exit.
    • If the reception following the service is going to be in the Parish Hall, we recommend that the family leave through the door near the chancel and form a receiving line in front of the stage in the Parish Hall.   This avoids a bottleneck as the guests are exiting from the sanctuary.


In the sanctuary:


  • Welcome attendees and distribute Orders of Service (one at each of the two back entrances to the sanctuary).
  • When there is large attendance filling the sanctuary and parlor, assist attendees in finding available seats.
  • Escort family members from their gathering location, usually the library, maybe the parlor, to the front rows of the sanctuary.


At the end of the service:


  • Escort the family from the sanctuary.
  • If the pews are relatively full, the ushers should dismiss the guests one row at a time, alternating from one side of the sanctuary to the other.   Hold people in the pews if there is a backup from the receiving line into the sanctuary.