Updated September 24, 2012
Arrive at the church ˝ hour before the service, set the panic bar open, turn on the lights and set the thermostat to 20 C.
Put your name tag on, tag is stored in the Narthex cupboard.
Familiarize yourself with the locations of the fire extinguishers in case you need to use them.
If steps have snow or ice on them, remove it.
Ensure that the book for Prayers of the People is open at the correct page.
Show visiting clergy to the vestry room and assist them as may be required; review Service Preparations poster on Vestry wall.
out the service bulletin and welcome
people as they arrive:
- invite people new to St. Stephen's to coffee hour after service;
- for families with children, tell them about: Sunday School, changing diapers; and
- invite visitors to sign the guest book.
People using wheelchairs may require direction to find a place to be for the service.
Be aware of the location of the large print BAS, BCP and hymnbooks in case someone has need of one.
If there is a mailing, hand out as much of it as possible. During announcements you can ask people to pick up their envelope.
5 minutes prior to the service starting invite a youngster to ring the bell. The bell can be rung approximately 6 times.
Parish Information, For New and Returning Members, this pamphlet found in the literature rack in the stairway, and it has information about St. Stephen’s and a response form that can be used for a family to have their name put on the parish list, to request offering envelopes or join parish activities.
Prior to the offertory, count the congregation (include children and clergy) and display the number using the cards at the back of the nave.
the offertory, bring the bread and wine to the sanctuary rail and pass to the server.
- On the 3rd Sunday place the food hamper in front of the altar.
- After bread and wine is received, bow, then pick up the offertory plates, bow and turn towards the center and proceed to collect the offering down the nave, including the choir and organist; envelope will be on top of the organ.
beginning of the last verse of the offertory hymn the server will start walking
to the chancel steps with the alms basin:
- Walk slowly down and place and the collection plates onto the alms basin;
- Close the sanctuary rail and put the kneeler in place; and
- Bow, turn toward the center and walk back to your seat.
At the “Our Father”, a sides-person goes downstairs and invites the Sunday School teachers to bring the children upstairs. Return to the nave without waiting for them.
As the choir
proceeds to the rail to receive communion,
- Go to the front of the seating and let the communicants out of the pews in an orderly manner, ensuring that there are few delays;
- Follow the last communicant up to the sanctuary rail;
- Open the rail and move the kneeler over; and
- If anyone can’t come to the rail for communion, advise the priest so that communion can be brought to him or her.
About halfway through the recessional hymn, open the doors.
At all times, keep an eye open for people needing assistance.
Straighten up the books in the pews, collect bulletins and put it into recycling, set the panic bar closed and turn off the lights.
Open both doors of the church building and assist people.
Assemble the people on the Arundel St. boulevard between the fence and the street and count them, the count should match the count of people in church.
First Aid kit located in kitchen.
Jumper cables and blanket in bin on shelves in stairway.