“Lisa, I promise it’s not that complicated; just don’t drop a plate and you will be fine . . . and even then, it wouldn’t be the end of the world!”
Those were the words of encouragement Chris Lokey, one of our lead ushers, shared with me a few Sundays ago when I volunteered to be an extra set of hands at the 11:00 am service. I was skeptical, but since the other ushers were so nice and encouraging I decided to give it a shot. I did make it through without dropping a plate — or banging anyone in the head — but I certainly wasn’t as adept as all the “regulars.” But as each of them thanked me and told me I “did great!” I realized that they were genuinely happy to have someone step in when needed. And the truth is, sometimes they do need extra hands!
As Chris explains, “Being an usher is one of the best volunteer jobs at FUMCFW. Michelle Gann, another lead usher, agrees: “We’re always looking for new volunteers. And right now, we could really use some help on Christmas Eve.”
We offer five services on Christmas Eve, and last year more than 1,700 people attended the 5:00 pm Family Service alone! This year, there are services at noon, and at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00, and 11:00 pm. If you would be interested in serving at one or more of the services that day, we would love to have you! And, for those who serve, we will have seating roped off downstairs and in the balcony for ushers and their families — and snacks and refreshments in Room 154 between services. So you can still sit with your family, get up to help with the offertory and communion, and then rejoin your family for the rest of the service. (It’s a great deal if you think about it . . . reserved seating on Christmas Eve!) And, if you work more than one service, you can grab a delicious snack in between! It’s truly a fun and festive way to serve our church on Christmas Eve.
I know I’m planning to usher on Christmas Eve, and I invite anyone who is interested to contact me (email@example.com) at 817/339-2403 and let me know which service — or services — you would like to volunteer as an usher. In the words of Chris Lokey, usher extraordinaire, “Just don’t drop a plate and you will be fine . . . and even then, it wouldn’t be the end of the world!”
Lisa Helm is the Director of Welcoming Ministries, a new ministry devoted to making sure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our church — on Sundays and beyond!