Shalom Worship Volunteer Position Descriptions
Liturgist – Welcomes the congregation, reads announcements provided ahead of time on pulpit, reads call to
worship printed in bulletin, walks microphone around and holds for sharing of joys and concerns, and reads the
provided scripture. The Pastor emails the bulletin by Thursday so the pieces to be read can be rehearsed ahead
of time. Arrive by 9:30am to perform microphone check. If mobility is an issue or concern the walking of the
microphone for joys and concerns can be outsourced.
Sound/Video Booth – Although training on the sound and video system is required, there is a step-by-step guide
with photos of settings. Many pieces are automated and don’t require changing once set. Switching between
microphones and adjusting volume levels is the main job. Mobility to step up into the booth at the back of the
sanctuary is required. Arrive by 9:15am to turn on system and provide sound checks for choir, liturgist, and
Greeter – Arrive by 9:30am to welcome all and assist people with check-in. Be ready to answer questions of
visitors and provide a quick overview of the building, location of bathrooms, nursery, and Ginny’s Room for
grades K-5. If busy, rely on Lead Usher or call over someone to assist.
Lead Usher – Arrive by 9:30am to help with bulletin distribution and, as necessary, seating. Let families with
children know of the ‘busy bags’ in the hall under the coat rack. Provide assistance to Greeter if the entry
becomes crowded. During the service, lead offering collection (3 plates) with three Offertory Ushers. Before the
service begins, talk with the offertory ushers to assign aisles and plates. If not enough volunteers have signed up
for offertory, identify those who will step-up.
Offertory Ushers (3) – During the service, pass the three offering plates from one row to the next, one plate per
section. The three offertory ushers plus lead usher each take an aisle (two outside aisles and two inside aisles).
The two inside aisle ushers need to work both sides of their aisle. After one section is completed, one usher is to
walk the offering plate through the Narthex for those seated there.
Acolyte, aka Candle Lighter – Often a youth, lighting the candles can also be done by an adult. At the beginning
of the service, stand at the back during announcements with the candle lighting device. Youth should be about 7
years old and able to walk safely with a flame. Instruction and practice can be arranged as needed.
Communion Servers (4) – On the first Sundays of the month, step forward to hold the plate and goblet while the
congregation comes forward to receive the elements. One pair of Communion servers will take the elements to
those unable to come forward, particularly paying attention to whom may be seated in the Narthex. Shalom
serves grape juice and gluten/nut/dairy free bread.
Other ways to serve, not necessarily on Sunday morning…
Sanctuary Décor – If you have a desire to share your creative talents, please identify yourself!
Communion Prep - Buy (and cut into pieces) the gluten/nut/dairy free bread and grape juice, and set up for
Communion. In the past, every month dear Kathy Dyson made the challah bread Pastor Steve Eriksen would
“break”. Since her passing, loaves for the ceremonial breaking are purchased.
If you would like further directions, practice, or more information contact the office at Shalom@shalomunitedchurch.org