January 23, 2018
Arrive ½ hour before the service starts, set the panic bar open (key is on bulletin board), turn the lights on, and set the thermostat to 20 C.
In warm weather, door can be left open; and if it is too noisy close it.
If steps have snow or ice on them, remove it.
Put your name tag on, tag is in the Narthex cupboard.
Familiarize yourself with the locations of the fire extinguishers in case you need to use them.
Hand out the service bulletin and welcome people as they arrive:
Ø invite people new to St. Stephen's to coffee hour after service;
Ø for families with children, talk about: Sunday School, changing diapers; and
Ø invite visitors to sign the guest book.
Someone in a wheelchair may require direction to find a place to park and he or she may require a service book and hymnbook.
Be aware of the locations of large print BAS and hymnbooks in case someone has need of them.
If there is a mailing, hand out as much as possible; and during announcements 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.
This card, found in the narthex cupboard, can be used for an individual/family to put their name on the parish list, or request offering envelopes.
Congregants may advise a sides-person before the service begins if they would like a gluten-free wafer, and the sides-person lets the Presider know. For those known to the Presider, this is not necessary.
Prior to the offertory, count the congregation (include children and clergy) and display the number using the cards at the back of the nave.
At the offertory:
Ø pick up the offertory plates from the back of the nave, proceed down the aisle to the front pew, collect the offering moving towards the back;
Ø bring the gifts: bread, wine and money to the sanctuary rail and pass to the server;
Ø on the 3rd Sunday bring an item from the food hamper and place in front of the altar;
Ø close the sanctuary rail and put the cushion in place; and
Ø 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.
Ø as the choir is receiving communion go to the front of the seating;
Ø once the choir has received, invite people to go forward to receive communion, ensuring that there are few delays;
Ø follow the last communicant up to the sanctuary rail and receive communion;
Ø open the rail and move the kneeler over; and
Ø if anyone can’t come to the rail for communion, advise the celebrant so that communion can be brought to him or her.
During the recessional hymn in warm weather 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 them on the table at the back of the nave, turn the thermostat down, and set the panic bar closed.
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 is located in the kitchen.
Jumper cables and a blanket are in an 'Emergency Bin' on the shelves in stairway.