A Ministry of Welcome

Volunteers embody United Methodist’s love in action by doing all the good they can, in all the places they can, to all the people they can. We hope you will decide to use a volunteer opportunity as an Usher and Greeter or Communion Server as a way to live your calling more faithfully. Please let us know if you would like to join our volunteer ministry team. We would be happy to meet with you to go over any of this information in more detail. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (352-416-3017).

Usher/Greeter

Usher and Greeters serve as hosts for welcoming worshippers to church services Sunday morning. Your role as an Usher/Greeter is vitally important in setting the tone of hospitality in the congregation. As you serve in this ministry, consider the following:

  • Remain available to meet people as they enter the worship space and assist them throughout the service, if needed.
  • Distribute the weekly bulletin to each visitor
  • Identify newcomers, introduce yourself and ask their names, answer their questions and help them with things to make their time with us a comfortable one.
  • Offer to escort people to the restroom, childcare facilities, and other areas of the church they need to find.
  • Offer assistance with finding seats; ask members to make room for guests.
  • Assist with preparing the worship area and help keep it looking its best.
  • Make sure the worship center doors and outside doors are closed during service.
  • Work in pairs to assist in passing the offering plate during the Offertory. A preacher will invite you to come forward.

Communion Server

It is an honor and privilege to be able to offer the symbol of God’s grace to others in our congregation by being a Communion Server. Basic communion instructions:

  • Upon entering the worship center we ask that you please wash your hands in the restroom in the Narthex. 
  • On the opposite end of the Narthex from the restrooms is the “ushers’ table”. On this table you will see a spreadsheet with communion assignments as well as a small bin that contains communion badges. Please check the spreadsheet to see which element you will be serving. Then, find the corresponding badge (ie, 1C if serving the cup at station 1 or 1B if serving bread at station 1). You can also grab a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use at your seat right before serving.
  • You can find the station numbers on the floor in front of each section. You may like to familiarize yourself with where your section is before you find your seat.
  • At the Sacrament of Holy Communion the preacher will invite the servers forward. At this time you will apply the hand sanitizer you have at your seat or you may use the sanitizer we have available at the gluten-free stations.
  • Please meet up with your serving partner at the rail. A pastor will hand you your elements and a napkin that you will then take to your section.
  • We serve by intinction. That means that the person serving bread will rip off a small piece of bread and say “the body of Christ, given to you” to each congregant that comes forward. The person serving the cup will hold the cup out and say “the blood of Christ, given to you”. The congregant will dip the bread into the cup.
  • Once your section has been served, bring the remaining elements all the way up to the altar. You and your serving partner can serve each other before sitting back down.
  • Please remember to put the badge and sanitizer back before leaving the church.

Alice Wallis, Director of Music and Worship Arts (416.3016)

Andrew Mankin, Assistant Sonlight Director (416.3052)

Bree Kerwin, Administrative Assistant (416.3017)