Sidesperson

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For the musical term, see Sideman.

A sidesperson, correctly known as a sidesman or usher, in the Anglican Church is responsible for greeting members of the congregation, overseeing seating arrangements in church, and for taking the collection.[1] In England they are usually appointed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and receive guidance in their duties from the churchwardens.

The name is a corruption of the term "synod's man", a title referring to prominent members of the congregation who represented the parish to the Diocesan Synod.

In the Anglican Church of Southern Africa "Sidesmen may be appointed in any Parish to perform such duties as the Parish Council shall determine."[2]

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  1. ^ "Sidespersons". The Parish Church of St James — Hampton Hill. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Anon (2013). "Canon 29 Of Churchwardens and Chapelwardens". Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Retrieved 2013-10-23.