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A sidesman, also known as a sidesperson, usher or Assistant Churchwarden,[1] in the Anglican Church is responsible for greeting members of the congregation, overseeing seating arrangements in church, making the congregation queue for communion at the altar in an orderly way, 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.