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A sidesperson, also known as a sidesman, usher or Assistant Churchwarden,[1] in the Anglican Church is responsible for greeting members of the congregation, overseeing seating arrangements in church, and for taking the collection.[2] In England they are usually appointed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and receive guidance in their duties from the churchwardens.[1]

In the Anglican Church of Southern Africa "Sidesmen may be appointed in any Parish to perform such duties as the Parish Council shall determine."[3]

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  1. ^ a b Anon (2019). "Canon E2 Of sidesmen or assistants to the churchwardens". Church of England. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  2. ^ Clements, Matthew (2018). Rotas, Rules and Rectors - How to Thrive being a Churchwarden. London: Matador. ISBN 978-1-78901-631-4.
  3. ^ Anon (2013). "Canon 29 Of Churchwardens and Chapelwardens". Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Retrieved 2013-10-23.