Church usher

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In many denominations of the Christian Church, a Church usher is the first official representative seen when entering the church. The role of the usher in church is a volunteer position, and is often considered one of honor, particularly if the church or a church committee member selects an usher by nomination.

History[edit]

The concept of an Usher is not new. In the Old Testament, there were positions addressed as "Doorkeepers" or "Gatekeepers", and their roles were very similar.(2 Kings 22:4) (1 Chronicles 9:17-27) (Psalms 84:10)

Jesus' disciples can be considered ushers, in the sense that they:

  • Prepared the way for Jesus.
  • Kept order among those listening to Christ.
  • Served food to the audience.
  • Cleaning up after a service, such as the Feeding of the Five Thousand.

In modern times[edit]

In modern times, the church usher has many duties. Depending on the church's denomination, size, and preferences, ushers may perform all, some, or a few of the following:

though it is common for attendees to seat themselves

  • Collect the tithes and offering
  • Keep order at the entrance
  • Clean and prepare the Church
  • Distribute bulletins and service programmes
  • Look out for the pastor or visiting speakers

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