Our Mission: To be a compassionate, welcoming community that nurtures spiritual growth and practices justice.

Sunday Morning Hospitality at First UU
Roles/ Descriptions /Instructions

Thank you for being a part of Sunday Morning Hospitality at First UU Church. You are joining a like-hearted family of people who endeavor to create a warm and welcoming community for all who enter our doors, from first-time visitors to longtime members. Do you have a passion for meeting new people, discovering connections, and making others feel comfortable? If so, we hope you will find volunteering in this capacity for our church to be equally rewarding. Please know that your service is deeply appreciated by all.

Masks are required inside the building at all times.

Social Hour is held outside and in the Commons. Masks required if not eating/drinking.

Hospitality Liaisons 

Roxanne Schlasner
Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick

  • Oversee Sunday morning hospitality practices and volunteers to create a warm welcome for everyone who comes to our church, whether they are first-time visitors or long-time congregants.
  • Serve as role models for welcoming and inclusion, encouraging volunteering and involvement, and training new volunteers.
  • Plan Quarterly Meetings (which may include training, community building, recognition, new information).

Greeter  (2 per service, or one family)

Please sign up for this volunteer position on Sign Up Genius. 

Greeters create the first impression of welcome to visitors and congregants arriving for Sunday morning services. They are friendly, warm, inviting, and accepting of all who enter.  Greeters:

  • Arrive 30 minutes before service:
    • 9 am service: arrive at 8:30 am
    • 10 am service: arrive at 9:30 am
    • 11 am service: arrive at 10:30 am
  • Apply Greeter ribbon to name tag.
  • Stand/sit in the front lobby of the church, visible to those entering church.
  • Welcome members and visitors with big smiles. 
  • Remind members to wear a name tag. 
  • Direct new visitors and guests to our Welcome Table.
  • Orient guests to hand sanitizer stations, stairs, elevator, RE Wing, restrooms or Commons as needed.
  • At least one greeter should stay on the ground floor to welcome latecomers.
  • Please join us in the service and thank you for making visitors feel welcome! 

Welcome Table Host (1 for each service)
Please sign up for this volunteer position on Sign Up Genius. 

Welcome Table Hosts serve to orient guests and visitors to First Unitarian Universalist Church. They offer information, hospitality, and acceptance, striving to make visitors feel welcome and showing them ways to get involved if they are interested. Welcome Table Hosts:

  • Arrive 30 minutes before service:
    • 9am service:  arrive at 8:30am
    • 10am service: arrive at 9:30am
    • 11am service: arrive at 10:30am
  • Apply Welcome Table ribbon to name tag.
  • Stand/sit in the front lobby of the church near our Welcome Table.
  • Welcome everyone with big smiles
  • Offer guests a name tag (if they would like a permanent one, please have them sign up on the sheet in the guest book).
  • Invite guests to fill out our “Guest Information” Sheet in binder.
  • Offer Welcome Packet (in large colored envelope).
  • Orient guests to hand sanitizer stations, stairs, elevator, RE Wing, Restrooms, Commons.
  • Invite guests to our Social Hour.
  • If the guest would like to be taken to RE Wing or Sanctuary, please alert the Coordinator of Congregational Life or another member to assist.
  • Five minutes before the start of our service, please encourage people congregating in the lobby and Commons to head to the Sanctuary.
  • Please join us in the service, and thank you for being a welcoming presence! 

Usher (2 per service)

Please sign up for this volunteer position on Sign Up Genius. 

Ushers serve to welcome people into our Sanctuary, help members and guests find seats, provide assistance if needed, distribute Orders of Service, and coordinate the offertory. 

  • Arrive 30 minutes before service:
    • 9am service:  arrive at 8:30am
    • 10am service: arrive at 9:30am
    • 11am service: arrive at 10:30am

Additional volunteer(s) can be invited to help with the center aisle(s) offertory before the service begins.

*NOTE: The white attendance book is in the back of the Sanctuary by the audio cabinet.

  • Apply an Usher ribbon to your name tag.
  • Connect with the 2nd Usher. It’s important that both ushers communicate beforehand so shared responsibilities are clearly covered. Please check to see if there are special instructions from the Worship Associate.
  • Divide shared Usher Duties before guests arrive:
  1. Check the Hearth Room for bulletins and a chalice.
  2. Find additional volunteers to help monitor the center aisles.
    • Stay near the door to the Sanctuary to greet guests and hand out bulletins, provide special assistance, large print bulletins, and hearing devices.
  • COVID PROTOCOL: Sanctuary doors will stay open for the service.
  • OFFERTORY:  
  • Plates are passed or guests are welcome to put their offering in the boxes at either side of the church.
  • One usher counts the guests in the Sanctuary, while the other usher counts individuals in the Hearth Room while the offertory slide is shown during the service.
  • Enter the count in the attendance book at the back of the Sanctuary.
  • Encourage guests to join us for Social Hour as they are leaving.
  • A staff member will collect the offertory boxes at the end of the last service. Ushers will no longer count  or record the money.  This will be done at the opening of the church week by staff members.
  • Thank you for being a welcoming presence and helping to count!

Social Hour Host (1 per service)
Please sign up for this volunteer position on Sign Up Genius. 

The Social Hour Host serves to welcome people to Social Hour, paying special attention to newcomers and visitors. The Host also keeps a watchful eye on the beverage service, tidying and replenishing as needed.       

  • Stand in the Hearth Room to welcome and direct those coming to Social Hour.
  • Assist guests who may need extra help (Walker trays are stored in the back closet).
  • Mingle during Social Hour, checking in with newcomers and visitors. Confirm that they received a Welcome Packet as they arrived. Introduce them to other members and facilitate connections when possible, answer any questions, and focus on listening.
  • Clear any abandoned cups and place them in the stainless steel bin. Paper cups can go in regular trash cans.
  • Please be watchful of anything that may need refilling at the beverage station (coffee, hot water, tea, cream, sugar, napkins, cups, and spoons), and ask Nick to refill. If Nick is not available, please enter the kitchen to replenish supplies.
    • COVID PROTOCOL: Only Staff and Social Hour hosts are allowed in the kitchen.
  • Thank you for being a welcoming presence!