The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC) is a service organization that supports the ministry of the verger. A verger is a member of the laity who works under the direction of the parish priest to assist with the organization and operation of religious services in the Episcopal Church in the US, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, and elsewhere in the Anglican Communion.
Through our education programs, online resources, and opportunities for fellowship, the VGEC supports more than fourteen hundred members around the US and the world. The photos in the scroll above are a random sample of our membership.
If you are interested in getting started with a new verger ministry in your parish, see Starting a new Verger Ministry.
Becoming a member of the Vergers' Guild is easy. It only costs $40 per year and provides a large number of benefits of being a member of the Vergers' Guild.
We have re-established the Verger's Voice through our news blog at news.vergers.org. Those of you who have been around the Vergers Guild for a while may remember the printed VGEC newsletter called, "The Verger's Voice." Now all news and information for the VGEC is posted through this news blog so be sure to subscribe to email updates. You can also follow blog postings as they occur at facebook.com/vergerguild.
At the VGEC Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 5, 2013, updated bylaws were passed by the membership which, among other changes, established a nine-member, vestry style board. Officers are elected from that board. At their first board meeting later on Saturday, Scott Smith was elected President of the VGEC. After six years of faithful and dedicated service as President, Margaret McLarty decided to not run for re-election. Under the new bylaws, she will serve on the board in an ex-officio capacity as the immediate past president. Margaret will also serve as liaison to the Episcopal Church, the 2015 General Convention, and to the host Diocese of Utah.
The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church will gather for the 26th Annual Conference on Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Parish of St. Luke in Burlington, Ontario in Canada. We will come together for fellowship, training, business, and worship. Click HERE for complete information.
The 2015 Annual Conference will be in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Christ Church Cathedral. For more information on VGEC Annual Conferences, click HERE.
try.vergers.org - Our 6-Month Free Introductory Membership
We have try.vergers.org where people interested in trying out membership in the VGEC can try it out for six months for free! We also have a number of resources that you can use to promote try.vergers.org within your parish and diocese. To learn more, click HERE.
The VGEC uses an online membership management system located at membership.vergers.org. This enables the efficient maintenance of membership data and has improved communication as it allows for easy and secure online processing of new memberships and renewals.
To renew your membership, simply login at membership.vergers.org. Do not worry if you don't know your password as there are simple instructions to follow that will help you login for the first time.
If you are not a member, please join the VGEC using this system now as it only takes a few minutes to join and our membership rates have remained the same since our founding over twenty years ago.
Printed membership renewal notices are also mailed to all members who do not renew online. Please help us save cost and resources by renewing online today.
If you need any help please contact Cheryl Cantrall, our VGEC Membership Secretary, at [email protected], 863.644.9806, or 5319 Sandra Way, Lakeland, FL 33813.
We hope that you enjoy vergers.org and that you are able to find many effective resources to help you with your ministry of the a verger. One of our goals is to continue to add additional resources to the web site to make it truly the #1 resource for vergers online.
Use the menu system to the left to take a tour of our content and also make use of the Google-powered search box at the top right of the page.