The answer is 8: 3 to get the ladder down from the choir loft, 3 to set up and hold the ladder, 1 to climb 60 feet up the ladder to the top of the sanctuary, and 1 to point out to the one at the top of the ladder that it’s “lefty loosie, righty tightie”.
I was the one who climbed the ladder, because I’m young and easily duped into volunteering for things :o). While I have no fear of heights, my lizard brain knew better and caused my legs to tremble uncontrollably while I was at the top fiddling with the light bulb.
In my defense, it was not a standard screw-in socket, but one that involved tabs and a spring with which I was unfamiliar. But yes, I was still screwing it in backwards. As I said from the top of the ladder, “shut up!” :oP.
An adventure in making the sanctuary look tiny. And no, mother, there wasn’t any safety equipment. What kind of operation do you think we run?