One of the current discussions ongoing in my parish is among hospitality ministers (ushers) about baskets. I’m interested in hearing worldly input on this.
The current procedures involves one basket per row. Eight people work four sections of pews: one starts a basket on one side, and a second person receive the basket at the end of the row. Repeat nineteen times on the south side, sixteen times on the north.
When I arrived, I immediately heard that the baskets were mostly in disrepair and could we replace them? Sure, I thought; let’s get some from our mission parish in Honduras and support local craftspeople there. Unfortunately, circumstances conspired to close off that option, so we ordered some stacks from a restaurant supplier.
Alas, the new baskets, touted as “stackable” by a caterer, really aren’t when we’re talking twenty at a time being carried by a person on the go. Which brings us to the moment of truth …
Is it totally off the wall to be thinking that maybe baskets aren’t the way to go? What about a nice cloth bag? Anybody out there with some original collection ideas? Something to keep the pennies rolling in and the collectors happy?