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Message from the Guild President

Dear Friends of the Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church,

I am thrilled that you have found us and welcome to the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church!

We are a group of over 1,000 vergers from the US, Canada, and throughout the world who share a common interest in the ministry of the verger. I am very fortunate to be the current president of the VGEC.

Working under the direction of our rector, vicar, or priest in charge, the verger's ministry of service and organization can be a significant source of comfort for the clergy and fellow parishioners.

Vergers make a difference in all sizes of parishes, freeing clergy from routine, organizational and mundane duties so they can focus on pastoral and sacramental responsibilities.

Many parishes have people who are acting in the role of verger but may be called the "Liturgy Committee Chair" or one of many other titles. All of these roles serve many of the same functions and all are welcome to join and be part of the VGEC.

If you are new to the ministry of verger or interested in learning more, you might want to check out, "New to the Ministry of Verger." You may also want to visit try.vergers.org for a free six-month trial membership. This is a great way to join the Guild and see what we have to offer before paying for a membership. Our annual dues are only $40/year for a regular membership and this fee helps us spread the word throughout the world about the verger ministry. Click HERE for more information.

We are excited to invite you to our 30th Annual Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. Please plan on being with us as we learn more about the our ministry in the 21st century. We will also share worship experiences, enjoy fellowship with one another, and experience Denver, the Queen City on the Plains.

Be sure to follow the vergersvoice.org blog. This is the official news and information service of the VGEC. We also have a very active Facebook following at facebook.com/vergerguild. Please join us there! For more ways to learn more, see vergers.org/connect.

Please contact me if I can be of any assistance in your ministry of being a verger for your parish. We are glad to have you with us!

Kind regards,


Scott A. Smith
Head Sacristan, Trinity Wall Street, New York, New York
President, The Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church
Mobile/Text: 615.513.2500
[email protected]