Making announcements in the assembly is an expedient way to relay information needed by all members of the church. It is also a time when visitors can be welcomed and information about the schedule of our services can be made known.
The man assigned to this task may, by manner and presentation, add to the reverence of the assembly and help prepare the audience for worship.
Things to Consider
- Since the announcements are made first, they will set the mood for the entire service.
- Remember that you are representing the congregation to our visitors.
- Like all tasks, it deserves preparation.
- Understand the facts you are presenting, such as times, places, or people, so you can present the information clearly
- The purpose of an announcement is to let the audience know what they need to do.
- Keep the announcements brief. No sermonizing. Emphasize the vital points and facts.
- Speak clearly and loudly so you can be heard and understood by all.
- No announcement at all is better than announcements that are misunderstood.
What to Do
- The person making the announcements is largely responsible for gathering the information. Most people will come to you with information, but you may have to track people down, especially for follow-ups to previous announcements.
- In many congregations, the person making the announcements is also responsible for making sure that those assigned for duties are present or find an alternate. Make sure each person knows in advance what he has been asked to do.
- Since the person making the announcements is the first to go before the congregation, it is his responsibility to call the assemble to order. It can be as simple as walking to the front and waiting for the group to quiet down or saying "It is time for us to begin."
- Wait until the congregation becomes quiet and give them a moment to get their thoughts focused on worshipping the Lord.
Things to Include in the Announcements
- Welcome those gathered, especially the visitors. Part of the welcome should include a schedule of services and inviting those present to return at those times.
- Remind people of the upcoming events for the congregation, such as gospel meetings, singings, classes, and studies.
- Announce the activities of surrounding congregations that members might wish to attend.
- Give news concerning members, such as sickness, deaths, births, baptisms, traveling, those who recently placed membership, and those who have been restored.
- Give the schedule for the service. Be sure to announce who is responsible for what activity (sometimes people forget to look and this is their last chance to get prepared).
- Limit announcements to spiritual activities. The congregation has gathered to worship; this is not the time to announce social or recreational activities. These are not a part of the church's work.