Sidespeople play an important role at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Eucharists, and 7 p.m. Evensong. They greet arriving worshippers, and hand out prayer and hymn books along with leaflet and other paperwork. They are responsible for bringing forward the offertory (at 9:30), taking up collection (at 11 and 7 p.m.), and tidying up at the end of the service. In addition, they may be called upon to perform other duties: helping the infirm go forward for communion is one example. They are occasionally asked to assist outside of their regular times-at high feast services, for example, held at other times.
Sidespersons find their tasks rewarding for a number of reasons. In a variety of small ways sidespeople help make each service flow smoothly. They are able to meet and get to know many of the congregation they might not otherwise. And they come away with a sense of active participation in the service. Generally, it is a valuable and relatively undemanding way to contribute to church life.
Sidespeople are happily reminded of Ps. 84:10: "I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God". For information on becoming a sidesperson, contact the church office.