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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 31st Annual Conference.  This year we are trying something totally new for our annual conference.  We are focusing on a spiritual-centered retreat with time for fellowship, relaxation, and rejuvenation.  Come and join your fellow vergers in the piney woods of Texas for a relaxing, retreat weekend at Camp Allen on Thursday, October 24 to Sunday, October 27, 2019. Established by  the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Camp Allen is a year-round facility located one hour northwest of Houston near Navasota, Texas. Their 1,100 beautiful acres features a hotel and conference center, two lakes, miles of trails, and much more.  We invite you to explore, retreat, and awaken your spirit in the piney woods with your fellow vergers!

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

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]