Ushers have an important role in the life of the Church of the Redeemer as greeters, offertory assistants, and guides.
The most important duty of ushers is to bid a warm welcome to those coming to the Church of the Redeemer, especially newcomers. An usher is often the first person a newcomer meets, and therefore it is especially important to be interested, helpful, and caring.
The basic duties of the usher include greeting people before the service at the two main entrances, providing people with leaflets and assisting them with seating, taking up the collection at the Offertory, and releasing people in the pews to go up to the altar for Communion.
Ushers also have an important role in assuring the safety and comfort of parishioners during church services. These duties range from assisting people to the pews to knowing the location of emergency medical equipment kept at the church.
Although not mandatory, ushers are encouraged to become certified in performing CPR and using the church's automated external defibrillator. Such courses are available at the church by contacting Verger Suzy Westcott. At present, all clergy and staff as well as the Wardens are trained in performing CPR and using the Automated External Defibrillator.
Each usher typically serves six to eight Sundays during the church year. The schedule is made before the start of the first and second halves of the liturgical year. The monthly Redeemer News also has the usher schedule for that month.