MCHCA Ushers & Nurses Grand March

uploaded by mchcainc on Aug 19, 2009


This is part 3 in a 4 part series on Black Church Processions showcase marches by African American usher boards', church nurses guilds', and other church groups' processions. These processions usually take place during those groups' anniversaries.

Part 1 of this series contains a brief overview about this Black church tradition.

These videos are showcased for their historical, sociological, aesthetic, and/or spiritual values. I selected these particular videos because they appealed to me and/or because I consider them to be representative of a certain style of Black procession.

For Part 1 of this series, click

For Part 2 of this series, click

For Part 4 of this series, click

[These videos are presented in no particular orde.]

Video #1: MCHCA Ushers & Nurses Grand March

This video is placed at the top of this page.

This is the annual International Nurses & Ushers Convention Grand March. This year's event took place at the International Headquarters of Mount Calvary Holy Church of America Inc. Washington D.C.

April 3, 2009

Several commenters to this video and other videos mentioned how the processional movements look like some secular dances. Here's one comment for example:

Did I see them just do the Stanky leg!!!!!!That's alright, work it!!!.
12fondue; 2011


Other commenters such as the two below explained the purpose of nurses in Black churches:

... The nurses that you see in most congregations, especially baptist churches, give service to the choir and the pulpit guest. Getting water, fans, and programs as well as performing minor first aid during church.
-Godsfavor20; 2011

Some Baptist churches have what you called a Nurses Guild. It consists of women who are actually nurses by profession or retired nurses. Their main role is to assist the congregation and pastor by giving first aid and attending to sick members. They also promote health awareness, safety measures, etc.
chaJva07; 2011

Video #2: Hopewell Ushers

Uploaded by 77Melodies on Apr 19, 2009

During offering for the Usher's Anniversary, everybody walked around........and then Hopewell changed the song and we took over the rest of the offering procession. I love it!


Editor: I believe this usher board is from Hopewell Church, Norcross, Ga.

Here are four comments from this video's viewer comment thread:

March on for The Lord!! Great video!
-gingerbread1231; 2009
Goooooo'head!!! I love to see the ushers march!!
-Rowoches; 2009
THis ushers sermon looksz poppin Why is it Ushers Dont Show out like they use 2
-JorNic96; 2010

I love the youth ushers, train em up, that is so blessed!
-lphillips3 ; 2010

Video #3: Dancing Usher Board

Uploaded by mspoonie21 on Jul 22, 2008

[note the video's title misidentified where the church is located]

Here's a viewer's comment:
This is at Tried Stone Baptist Church in Washington, DC and YES, the ushers definitely get down for Jesus EVERY Sunday!!
-pkamkg; 2011

Video #4: Beth Shalom Usher Board Processional

Uploaded by bethshalomify on Mar 19, 2011
Sis. Delores Jacobs, Pres. and Bro. Paul Lomax, Vice Pres. lead Beth Shalom Usher Board to the Altar to consecrate and receive their new Usher Board Pins.

Video #5: Womens Day March

Uploaded by smartvids09 on Oct 20, 2010

Video #6: St. Rest Baptist Church 50th Annual Usher Day 3/28/2010

Uploaded by valgals007 on Mar 31, 2010

This is St. Rest Baptist Church located in Fresno California. This is a clip of their 50th Annual Usher Day...

Video #7: Ushers Marching To The Glory of God

Uploaded by JorNic96 on Nov 2, 2010

The Church Ushers Association of Brklyn & L.I March the way ushers are suppose to

Video #8: Corner Church Marching In Intro

Uploaded by yourpurpose2003 on Oct 10, 2010

Corner Church Mass Choir of Albemarle, NC

Editor: This is probably an anniversary program. Note congregation's exclamations of praise and support for the group or for individual members. I don't think this is likely to happen during an actual church service.


The Sources, Artistry, And Purposes Of Black Church Processions by Azizi Powell, 6/10/2012

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