Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church, the leading source of information, resources, and fellowship for those who serve in the ministry of the Verger, is celebrating its 1,000th active member who joined the VGEC this year.
Bill Stowell, Verger at St. George's Church in Middlebury, CT was notified by VGEC President, Margaret McLarty, that he was the Guilds' 1,000th member. "I am thrilled not only to be a new member of the VGEC, but also that I've somehow made the active membership pass the 1,000 mark," said Mr. Stowell. "Our parish recently started our Verger ministry so this is all very new and exciting for all of us."
St. George's, a parish with about 150 active members, was founded in 1958. Bill's family was among the original church members and he was the first person confirmed in the church. He was an active acolyte during his school years and after serving 24 years in the Navy he returned to Middlebury in 1988 and once again became an active member at St. George's. In addition to being an usher, lector, and LEM, he has served as Vestry member, clerk, treasurer, and Sr. Warden.
The Rector Dr. William Hardwick worked with the vestry recently to authorize a the establishment of the new ministry of Verger at St. George's to assist the clergy with liturgical planning and execution and volunteer coordination. When Dr. Hardwick approached Bill about serving as the first verger for the parish, Bill said that he would be honored to serve and that he, "...looked forward to assisting Fr. Bill in making sure the services run smoothly each week."
The Vergers' Guild of the Episcopal Church congratulates Bill and the parish as they embark on this new ministry of service through the ministry of the Verger.