INSTRUCTIONS FOR USHERS AT
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.