Members of the Peace community help host and serve one another in worship as lay readers, greeters, ushers, acolytes, and by providing the bread for communion.
We are so grateful for all of you who help make the welcome at Peace warm and for all who contribute to make the flow of worship smooth and Spirit-filled.
Here is the volunteer schedule for Lay Readers, Greeters and Ushers. If you have any changes, please make them with each other and contact Janell in the office at 724.3637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you can find schedules for all who help with worship. Click on the plus sign to open up the schedule.
Welcome! Greeter is one of the simplest, yet most important ministries. A warm greeting is often the experience that sets the tone of a newcomer’s entire experience of the community!
Instructions for Greeters
- Yours is an essential ministry. Our worship begins at the moment of greeting
- It is important to make everyone feel welcome whether they are visitors or long-time members.
- There are “Greeter” nametags in the drawer in the cabinet by the front door. Please wear one in addition to your own nametag.
- Please be ready to greet worshipers starting 20 minutes before the service and remain at the door until the service has begun.
- Please have 2 greeters at the front door, and 1 at the top of the steps by the back door to greet folks coming in the lower door.
- The greeter schedule will be emailed to you, printed in the Peace Bell, and will soon be posted on the Peace UCC website. If you cannot greet on your Sunday, please arrange for a substitute and if one is not available, call the office.
- If you meet newcomers or guests, please ask them to sign the guest book and the pew pad, and invite them to stay for coffee hour after worship.
- There are Peace Bells and brochures about the UCC on the table by the bulletin board if people are interested in knowing more about our church.
- Greet everyone who enters, but please limit the time spent visiting with friends, so that you are available to greet everyone, and to spend extra time with visitors who may have questions.
- Greet the children as well as the adults—direct them to the worship bags, and be sure the parents of young children know where to find the nursery. Soon we will have a special brochure for families with young children.
- Please feel free to have your children help you greet! This is a good way to help them feel a part of the worship experience.
- When you are able, return to the narthex just before worship ends to thank people for coming, and to invite them downstairs to coffee hour.
Ushers & Lead Ushers
Assist! The service begins with the ringing of the Peace Bells, but worship begins when we welcome one another. Smiling, seating, taking the offering, distributing information, and helping to serve communion are some of an usher’s duties. Lead Ushers are knowledgeable about the “mechanics” of worship and prepared to deal with emergencies and the unexpected.
USHERS AT PEACE CHURCH
Worship is best served by having one Lead Usher and 3-4 Team Ushers. Lead Ushers are important members of the Worship Leadership Team. Like the Pastor, Choir Director, Staff and Lay Worship Leaders, the Lead Usher and team work to create a safe and spiritually-welcoming environment so our attending congregation may fully experience worship.
Thank you for the contribution of your leadership skills.
Lead Usher duties.
- Attend training session.
- Serve as Lead Usher for one month.
- The Lead Usher is primarily alert to the safety of the congregation. Please bring your cell phone. Please acknowledge physicians who identify themselves as present and available to respond to an emergency.
- Please identify that those joining us who use wheel chairs have an identified person to help them exit in case of emergency.
- The Lead Usher will sit near the doors to the narthex during worship to take care of latecomers and to be aware of needs or disturbances that must be addressed in the narthex. If there is ever any security concern do not hesitate to call 911.
Team Ushers are an important part of the worship service and do their part to assist the Lead Usher so the service runs smoothly and in a manner that all feel at ease and prepared to participate.
Thank you for offering to be a Team Usher.
Each Sunday will be served by a Lead Usher and three Team Ushers.
- All Ushers should be at the church 20 minutes before the service begins. Lead Ushers, please bring your cell phone. Please wear an usher nametag in addition to your own. They are in the drawer in the cabinet near the front door.
- On the first Sunday of each month, ushers will assist with the serving of Communion. Please check with Pastor beforehand to find out specifics. Some Sundays we share by intinction — the pastor breaks off pieces of bread and gives to congregants who then dip into chalice held by one of the ushers. Other Sundays the bread and cup is passed in the pews.
- Sanctuary doors should be closed as soon as the worship begins.
- The Lead Usher or an adult Team member should ring the Peace Bells at the proper time. Use the light switches only as you have been instructed, because changing them creates problems. (Instructions are on the wall next to the switches.)
- Ushers should distribute the bulletins at the doors. Please make sure that every adult who wants one receives a bulletin. There are large print bulletins for those who need them, and activity bags for children. Your children are welcome to help pass out bulletins.
- When the sanctuary is becoming crowded, please assist people with finding seats. One usher should stay in the narthex immediately after the service starts to give latecomers a bulletin.
- Side ushers should make sure a count is taken in the sanctuary and in the nursery and the total recorded on the paper provided (in the drawer in the cabinet near the front door), which should be placed on the office desk. Please count people in the narthex also.
- Offering plates are found in the lower cupboard to the left of the Fireside Room doors. If three or more people are in a pew, pass the offering plate down the pew. If there are fewer than three, hold the plate for the individuals. The usher on the choir side should take the fifth offering plate to the choir on his/her way to the front and pick it up before carrying the plates forward.
- Two ushers carry the offering plates forward during the song of thanksgiving (usually the doxology) and remain in the front for the offertory prayer.
- The usher who sits near the rear should open the sanctuary doors when the minister comes down the aisle to offer the Benediction from the back.
- The minister usually greets worshippers as they exit; it is welcoming to have ushers also greet worshippers and thank them for coming. On occasion, the minister may not be present at the door and then it is especially important for ushers to invite exiting worshipers, particularly guests, visitors, and newcomers, to the welcome table, downstairs to coffee, or simply tell them thanks and good-bye.
- After the service has ended, the ushers should pick up bulletins, paper, etc., and straighten the hymnals, making sure hymnals are placed in the racks. Pull out the slips for the current Sunday from the Friendship pads and place them in the office.
- As far in advance as possible, an usher who must be absent should find a replacement.
- Please dress appropriately, avoiding jeans, shorts, and sweatshirts, if possible.
- Please remember that being an usher is a gift of time and service you are giving to God and this community. It is a blessing and we are grateful.
Carrying the light! Each week our Peace third graders carry in the Light of Christ, light the candles on the communion table to open our worship. They return at the benediction to carry the Light of Christ out so it may lead us into the world for the coming week.
Hello Third Graders and Parents!
As Third Graders, you have the important responsibility of being acolytes. We will have an acolyte training on Sunday, September 21st, in the Sanctuary after the Sunday School opening at 9:30am. Here is the Acolyte schedule for this fall. We will send out an email reminder the week before you are scheduled. If you were unable to attend the acolyte training, please see Mark or Kathy for instructions.
The acolyte’s job is a very important one! Please be on time and to take this responsibility seriously. We are very excited to have you doing this very special job!
A few pointers:
- Please meet Mark or Kathy in the narthex by 10:25 on the day you’re scheduled to acolyte.
- Acolytes have the important job of carrying the flame into the sanctuary during the ringing of the bells. This calls us to worship and then sends us out at the end of the service. As you come to acolyte, spend some time thinking about what it means to carry this light, a symbol of our faith. Come prepared to do an important job.
If your child is unable to acolyte on his/her assigned Sunday, please try to switch with another family, and let the church office know about the trade. (See list of phone numbers on the other side of this schedule.) If you have any questions, or if you need a ride to church, please call the office, 724-3637.
|9/21||Mary Boyle, Sam Clark|
|9/28||Claire Ehlers-Nelson, Leila Ehrbright|
|10/5||River Fena, Kyra Hovis|
|10/12||Grant Kerttula, Maxwell Kozelka|
|10/19||Lydia Kraker, Kiana Langdon-Larson|
|10/26||Oscar Lundell, Benjamin Maras|
|11/2||Joran Mittlefehlt, Kellen O’Connell|
|11/9||Gus Olson, Kaisa Robinson|
|11/16||Jackson Wagner-Lundberg, Mary Boyle|
|11/23||Sam Clark, Claire Ehlers-Nelson|
|11/30||NO SUNDAY SCHOOL, NO ACOLYTE|
|12/7||Leila Ehrbright, River Fena|
|12/14||Kyra Hovis, Grant Kerttula|
|12/21||Maxwell Kozelka, Lydia Kraker|
|12/28||NO SUNDAY SCHOOL, NO ACOLYTE|
Reading the Word! Since the ancient church, communities have called upon lay members to read Scripture at worship; it is a commitment to effective sharing of the wisdom to be found in our sacred stories and writings.
LAY READER INSTRUCTIONS
Thank you for volunteering to be a lay leader for our worship services.
You will be reading these two portions of the service:
1) the call to worship
2) the Scripture lesson(s)
It is helpful to go over the readings in advance so you are familiar with them and have a chance to check on pronunciation of any unusual words or names in the text. It is also helpful to practice reading the passage aloud at home. Keep in mind that your tendency may be to read more quickly than is ideal, so remember to slow down. It also helps the interpreter and those with hearing difficulties if you read slowly.
Although no one expects you to dress up, please come in attire you would consider respectful.
Please be sure you are at the church no later than 10 to 15 minutes before the worship service so you are ready to walk in with the pastors. When you go to the front of the church to read, take a moment to adjust the microphone as needed so that you are able to speak directly into it. Those who have difficulty hearing will appreciate this.
Several people for whom being a Lay Leader was a new experience asked for more specific suggestions. In addition to leading the Call to Worship and reading the Scriptures, the Lay Leader provides links that guide the congregation from one element of worship to the next. Below is suggested wording for making those links along with directions about when and where to move.
Again, thank you for helping with this important part of our worship service. If you have any questions regarding your duties, feel free to contact Pastor Kathy at 724-3637 or email@example.com.
Tips for Lay Leaders:
- Highlighted text below is what appears in the bulletin order of service.
- Sit in the front pew with Pastor Kathy, Nathan, and Jackie at the beginning of the service.
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells
- Walk up to the pulpit at the end of the Ringing of the Peace Bells.
- When you get to the pulpit, take a moment to adjust the microphone as needed so that you are able to speak directly into it.
- Cue the congregation to stand by saying one of these sentences:
Would all who are able, please rise to join me in our responsive call to worship.
Please rise in body and/or spirit to join me in our responsive call to worship.
- Take a breath to allow the congregation to settle before you start reading.
*Responsive Call to Worship…
- After the Responsive Call to Worship, you prepare the congregation for the opening hymn.
- Say one of these sentences, filling in the hymn information from the bulletin. (You do not have to repeat the hymn number twice, but it is helpful to many people if you do this.)
Let us sing our opening hymn, Number XXX, “title,” Number XXX in the black hymnal OR in the Praise & Worship songbook.
PLEASE JOIN IN SINGING OUR OPENING HYMN, Number XXX, “title,” Number XXX in the black hymnal OR in the Praise & Worship songbook.
(Examples are: Number 299, “For all the Saints”, Number 299, in the black hymnal or
#4, “Holy Angels”, #4 in the Praise & Worship songbook)
- You can return to the front pew during the singing of the Opening Hymn.
Unison Prayer of Confession
Assurance of God’s Forgiveness
- The Lay Leader’s next reading comes after Children’s Time:
- Walk up to the pulpit as the children leave.
God is Revealed in the Word
- The number of scripture readings may vary, but a usual pattern is one from the Hebrew Scriptures (called Old Testament in the past) and one from the Christian Scriptures, which we name based on what type of document it is, usually Gospel, sometimes Letter, or Epistle.
- To introduce the scripture, you might say,
Our first scripture reading is from the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of _______, chapter ___, verses ___ to ___.
(For example, Our first scripture reading is from the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of Isaiah, chapter 12, verses 19 to 32.)
- Return to the front pew during the anthem.
- Walk up to the pulpit at the end of the anthem.
- To introduce the Gospel or Epistle, you might say,
OUr Gospel REading is from ______, Chapter ____, verses ____ to ___.
(For example, OUr Gospel REading is from matthew, Chapter 3, verses 13 – 17.)
You might simplify your introduction and model it after one of these:
A reading from the book of Genesis…
Paul’s letter to the church at Rome…
The gospel according to Matthew…
- You may close the gospel reading with one of these phrases:
THANKS BE TO GOD.
MAY WE KNOW GOD’S SPIRIT IN THESE WORDS.
- After reading the scripture texts, return to your seat in the congregation.
Again, thank you for helping with this important part of our worship service. If you have any questions regarding your duties, feel free to call contact Pastor Kathy at 724-3637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let the Children come to me!
11/9/2014 Laura Greensmith, Travis & Amy Westbrook, Courtney Simpson, Mari Doffin
11/16/2014 Veronica Gaidelis-Langer, Allison Wood, Ali Kruger, Andrea Brown
11/23/2014 Jill Pospisil, Andy & Libby Fena, Brita Larsen, Isabelle Schomberg
11/30/2014 Jacob & Anne Romberg, Katie Robinson, Zoe Simpson, Haley Montgomery
12/7/2014 Jessica & Justin Olson, Tom Heinitz, Elena Davidson, Sylvie Bowen-Bailey
12/14/2014 Karen Sheldon, Lori Seele, Katherine Skwira-Brown, Chloe Benson
12/21/2014 Patty Beech, Lara Hamsher, Hannah Carpenter, Ella Brown
12/28/2014 Matt & Patty Johnson, Stacia Donovan Agatha Pokrzywinski
1/4/2015 Laura Greensmith, Travis & Amy Westbrook, Courtney Simpson, Mari Doffin
1/11/2015 Veronica Gaidelis-Langer, Allison Wood, Ali Kruger, Andrea Brown
1/18/2015 Jill Pospisil, Andy & Libby Fena, Brita Larsen, Isabelle Schomberg
1/25/2015 Jacob & Anne Romberg, Katie Robinson, Zoe Simpson, Haley Montgomery
2/1/2015 Jessica & Justin Olson, Tom Heinitz, Elena Davidson, Sylvie Bowen-Bailey
12/8/2015 Karen Sheldon, Lori Seele, Katherine Skwira-Brown, Chloe Benson
2/15/2015 Patty Beech, Lara Hamsher, Hannah Carpenter, Ella Brown
2/22/2015 Matt & Patty Johnson, Stacia Donovan Agatha Pokrzywinski
3/1/2015 Laura Greensmith, Travis & Amy Westbrook, Courtney Simpson, Mari Doffin
3/8/2015 Veronica Gaidelis-Langer, Allison Wood, Ali Kruger, Andrea Brown
3/15/2015 Jill Pospisil, Andy & Libby Fena, Brita Larsen, Isabelle Schomberg
3/22/2015 Jacob & Anne Romberg, Katie Robinson, Zoe Simpson, Haley Montgomery
3/29/2015 Jessica & Justin Olson, Tom Heinitz, Elena Davidson, Sylvie Bowen-Bailey
4/5/2015 Karen Sheldon, Lori Seele, Katherine Skwira-Brown, Chloe Benson
4/12/2015 Patty Beech, Lara Hamsher, Hannah Carpenter, Ella Brown
4/19/2015 Matt & Patty Johnson, Stacia Donovan Agatha Pokrzywinski
4/26/2015 Laura Greensmith, Travis & Amy Westbrook, Courtney Simpson, Mari Doffin
5/3/2015 Veronica Gaidelis-Langer, Allison Wood, Ali Kruger, Andrea Brown
5/10/2015 Jill Pospisil, Andy & Libby Fena, Brita Larsen, Isabelle Schomberg
5/17/2015 Jacob & Anne Romberg, Katie Robinson, Zoe Simpson, Haley Montgomery
5/24/2015 Jessica & Justin Olson, Tom Heinitz, Elena Davidson, Sylvie Bowen-Bailey
5/31/2015 Karen Sheldon, Lori Seele, Katherine Skwira-Brown, Chloe Benson
Tips for Nursery Volunteers
Thank you for volunteering to staff one of the church nurseries. If you cannot make it on your scheduled Sunday, please find your own replacement or make a trade with someone else on the list. Call the church so the change can be noted on the posted schedules.
In addition to volunteer staff we have two hired staff members. If, on your Sunday, there aren’t many children, and if you think the mix of ages is okay, you may combine the nurseries. If there are more volunteers than needed to care for the children, divide the work so each of you can attend a portion of worship.
The purpose of the nurseries is to provide a safe, supervised playtime for infants and preschoolers during the 10:30 am worship service. For the sake of the children in your care, the following guidelines are recommended.
- Please be prompt and arrive to staff the nursery by 10:15 am.
- Wear a nursery volunteer nametag so parents and visitors can identify you.
- Birth to 3 year olds will be in the baby room on the right hand side of the hallway. 3-5 yr olds will be in the playroom across the hall.
- For insurance purposes, there must be two adults overseeing the nurseries. Doors to the rooms should remain open if only one adult is present.
- Ask the parents to sign their children in and out each week. Have parents make a nametag for their child on the labels provided and put on the child’s back.
- The nurseries are not for children older than kindergarten. Older kids are invited to attend worship with their parents. However, if they are with parents who are volunteering in the nursery they may stay and help.
- If a child is sick, very unhappy, misbehaving or out of control, feel free to go into worship and retrieve the parents to manage the child.
- Escort the children to the bathroom. Do not allow them to exit the room unattended.
- Escort children whose parents want them to go to Children’s Time during worship.
- With the children’s help, clean up the nursery rooms at the end of the hour.
- If there is a last minute need for another volunteer, ask another parent, adult or youth you are familiar with to assist.
Please make a special effort to greet children and parents with a warm smile and welcoming hello. You are an important part of this ministry at Peace Church and very often one of the first contacts new families have to church members.
Thank you for your time and support!