Congregation at Duke Chapel

Working the Back of the House at Duke Chapel

For the ears, you can listen to an audio recording of this presentation. [high fidelity audio playable under all personal computer operating systems via VLC media player, Microsoft Windows Media Player with the Xiph.org codecs for FLAC et al, OS X QuickTime with the XiphQT plugin, etc., on many Android-based mobile devices, and on iOS-based mobile devices via apps such as FLAC Player or Golden Ear]

A Back of the House at Duke Chapel
Dog and Pony Show
The Ops Team: The Unseen Tale of
Blue and White

presentation at Adult Forum by
Ellie and Jim Ferguson
Congregation members
March 5, 2017

Murky History - not Fake News ☺

  • Will's arrival occasioned the evolution of both the Altar Guild and Ushers as they now exist - coincident with the formation of the Congregation.
  • Altar Guild - Marge Jones & Alice Phillips
  • Ushers - migration from students to current mix.
  • Rick, Russ, and GQ [1]

[1]The Gospel Quartet = the crucifer, two candlebearers, and the one who carries the Bible for the reading of the Gospel by one of the Lectors in the center aisle during the worship service


Overview

  • Serve the Chapel Administration, not Congregation, thus not all are Congregation members
    • Example: request for communion service during a Congregation wedding
  • Both groups are responsible year round - 52/52 - for example, even during Congregation Retreats
  • Altar guild pool is 15, ushers is 19
  • Normal Sunday: Ushers (weekly e-mail/rosters/assignment rotation)
  • Communion Sundays: Altar guild; 2) Ushers
  • Christmas and Easter: 1) Altar guild; 2) Ushers

Deck the Halls

You can watch a brief time-lapse video of the hanging of the greenery, etc. in preparation for the Christmas season in Duke University Chapel, as organized by Ellie and Jim Ferguson.