The Church of the Annunciation Marble Arch

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Sidesmen greet people as they arrive at church, give out information and organise the offertory – taking the collection and bring the bread and wine to the altar in preparation for the Liturgy of the Sacrament.

Detailed Instructions

Please arrive by 10.40am

Ensure that the fire & smoke alarm is turned to the ‘Off’ position

Give out service sheets and answer questions as people arrive

Click each adult to record the number coming to church. The number of children is recorded by the Sunday School

Encourage newcomers to fill in a contact details card and leave them at the back of the church

Please stay at the back of the church throughout the service and especially assist any latecomers

Ask two or three people to take up the bread and the wine at the Offertory. Show them the instruction card. (Please ensure that this is left at the back of the church after the end of the service.) Ask them to come to come to the back of the church and receive the bread and the wine as soon as the priest has said ‘The Peace of the Lord be always with you.’ They should then take the bread and wine, follow the cross and lights up the aisle and give them to the servers. After this they should bow and return to their places via the Lady Chapel

At the Offertory

Take the offertory plates and follow the servers and those taking the bread and the wine up the aisle and begin taking the collection from the front

Having collected the offertory money process up the aisle through the screen to the chancel step. Give the offertory to the server. The priest may bless the money or he may not. As soon as the server has taken the offertory and moves to the north side, bow and return to your places via the Lady Chapel

Please help tidy up the back of the church after the service

Thank you for taking part in this valued ministry

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