Volunteer on Sundays

Volunteer on Sundays

It takes a village to welcome all who enter our virtual or in-person Sanctuary on Sunday mornings! Join us in creating a welcoming, joyful environment for our guests and friends.
You can sign up for any of the jobs here or by contacting Hannah Nelson at officeasst@uucolumbia.net.

Volunteer Opportunities

In-Person Ushers

In-person ushers arrive at OBIC at 9:30 am or earlier and are finished after the offering is counted after service. We usually have two people for this. You help greet people into the Sanctuary, show them places they can sit, help them access the OOS if they need help, and count the offering at the end of the day, among other things. You may also split set-up and take-down duties with the other ushers which may mean you come in earlier and/or leave later. Information on that can be found here.

The main purpose of this job is to make sure everyone feels safe, welcomed, and assisted if they need assistance.

For more information and to get on the list of In-Person Ushers, email Hannah Nelson at officeasst@uucolumbia.net.


The greeters will need to arrive at 9:15 am and finish about 15 minutes after the worship service. Together they will set up the table with all of its materials, sign people in, and get them their name tags. They have to wait about 10-15 minutes after service has started for any latecomers, then clean up the table after service.

The purpose of this job is to make sure that everyone who arrives to worship signs in for contact tracing reasons, that everyone has a name tag who wants one, and to be the first to welcome visitors and assist them.

For more information and to get on the list of Greeters, email Hannah Nelson at officeasst@uucolumbia.net.

Virtual Social Hour Host

Following each Sunday’s 10:00 am service, we open up Zoom breakout rooms for a 30-minute virtual social hour for our congregation, providing an opportunity for those in our community to connect about what’s on their minds and in their hearts.

For more information and/or to be trained to be a virtual social hour host, please contact Sara Davidson: sara@uucolumbia.net.


The set-up/take-down volunteer needs to arrive at OBIC around 9:00 am and is finished somewhere around 11:15 am depending on take-down needs. This person assists in setting up things like the Chalice, the bell, the joys and sorrows bowl, and other such items. Then they assist in taking those things down after service and putting them away.

Note: This job can also be done by the Ushers. It is a lot of work so we highly reccomend splitting the job amongst two ushers. Maybe one usher does set up and the other does take-down? Or whatever way works best.

The purpose of this job is to make sure that the worship leader has everything they need to be prepared for service so they can focus on leading a valuable worship service.

For more information and to get on the list of set-up/take-down volunteers, email Hannah Nelson at officeasst@uucolumbia.net.