Each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, with our own unique talents that can be used to glorify the Lord and serve His church. We all need to take the time to pray and ask the Lord the words of the church hymn, “Servant Song” — “What do you want of me, Lord?”
We must ensure everyone who enters the doors at St. Peter Catholic Church feels welcome. The Usher Ministry is one way to make that happen. Think of the ushers as the ones behind the scenes taking care of things so parishioners can focus on prayer and worship.
David McWilliams has led the Usher Ministry for about two years. Ushers take a month at a time, and the frequency depends on the number of ushers who typically work that Mass time.
“We have some really devoted ushers who have been doing this for 20 or more years,” David says. “It would be nice to get some new people to step up to help.”
David wants to encourage men to get involved, especially those who are busy and have difficulty getting involved with other ministries.
“The Usher Ministry takes place during Mass with no extra meetings,” he says. “It’s perfect for busy people — you are at Mass anyway.”
Ushers help with greeting, seat people for Mass, do the collection, facilitate the lines for Communion, and distribute bulletins. They are also there if a medical emergency occurs. Periodically, someone will pass out and need help in the back of the church.
“We try to make sure it all runs as it should,” David says. “We want to keep everything going so people can take part in the sacrament of the Mass.”
We’ve all experienced setting foot in a new place. You feel nervous if you don’t know where to go or how to find the restroom. Ushers can help with that.
“I have gone around to churches in different areas of the country, and sometimes it’s very daunting when you walk in,” David says. “I don’t want it to be that way here. We want St. Peter to feel friendly. We want people to keep coming back. St. Peter Catholic Church should feel welcoming and inviting.”
David and his wife, MaryBeth, also serve on the Greeter Ministry, and MaryBeth also sells SCRIP.
“I take it seriously,” David says. “It’s a serious and important job.”
Everyone at St. Peter Catholic Church can do their part to help our parish community feel welcoming. It’s simple — you might move over to make room for others in the pew, smile, or give directions to those who seem lost.
David is proud of the good group of ushers at St. Peter Catholic Church. He is especially thankful to those high school seniors who have stepped in to help — this has been a great way for them to earn some volunteer hours.
To become an usher, contact David McWilliams at 402-416-0783 or email@example.com.