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This is the online VGEC Document Library for documents relating to the ministry of Verger. This online library is available to all vergers, clergy, or lay person to provide materials and ideas for developing their own parish or diocesan documents. Information on the service for commissioning new vergers is located under the Liturgies folder.

Please copy any of the materials contained here for your own use. You must give credit to the VGEC and the source parish or diocese, and provide a link to vergers.org/resources/library in any document used from this library.

Eileen Brightwell Hicks is the Document Library Manager. Please email your documents to [email protected] for possible inclusion in the library.

Click on the right facing arrows just to the left of the yellow file folders to reveal the fantastic information in the VGEC library.

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Draft of Verger policies submitted to the Dean.  107k v. 5 Feb 25, 2013, 7:09 AM Scott Smith
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Scan of two sided tract which Kent Wingerson authored at the request of OSV Director General Wm. Newby-includes a verger prayer and psalm    809k v. 4 Mar 4, 2013, 4:32 AM Scott Smith
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A good job description for a part-time staff verger.  9k v. 5 Feb 25, 2013, 7:09 AM Scott Smith
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New verger ministry-4 usually non-vested vergers with 1 priest, 1 deacon, about 200/Sunday size church  27k v. 3 Feb 25, 2013, 7:09 AM Scott Smith
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Ideas for starting your own verger page on your church website from churches across the US and Canada  76k v. 2 Oct 15, 2013, 6:06 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick–with Love: The Emerging Ministry of the Verger in the Late 20th Century to the Present by David S. Deutsch.  1760k v. 5 Feb 25, 2013, 7:09 AM Scott Smith
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General notes for all participants in Requiem Eucharist from altar guild to acolytes  304k v. 2 Nov 14, 2013, 7:04 AM Eileen Brightwell
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for a Requiem Eucharist including a 50 member choir  193k v. 2 Nov 14, 2013, 6:24 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Large downtown church with 7 very different services every Sunday   200k v. 2 Feb 27, 2013, 8:22 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Details for verger, acolyte, thurifer, ushers, sound and lights  11k v. 3 Mar 4, 2013, 4:37 AM Scott Smith
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List with blanks to assign procession and service duties  8k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:08 AM Eileen Brightwell
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This is a handy checklist for servers to review just prior to the service. It is printed on cardstock and cut with each server's duty on reverse sides of the card.  101k v. 4 Feb 22, 2013, 5:54 PM Unknown user
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This is printed on card-stock and then cut for one checklist per service. For multiple vergers, different sections can be assigned per verger. I find this very helpful for training new vergers.   14k v. 4 Feb 22, 2013, 5:54 PM Unknown user
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Verger checklist for the primary Sunday Service at St. John's Episcopal, Austin, TX   231k v. 2 Sep 29, 2017, 8:23 PM Eileen Brightwell-Hicks
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296 pages of all possible services including some customaries in Spanish for Bi-Lingual services   9156k v. 2 Mar 5, 2014, 7:52 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Offers suggestions for a verger when a bishop visits their parish  382k v. 2 Aug 17, 2014, 1:21 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Aids parishes contemplating starting a verger ministry or are in the early stages of a verger ministry  460k v. 2 Aug 17, 2014, 1:20 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Entire litany procession, order and route   10k v. 3 Mar 4, 2013, 4:37 AM Scott Smith
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Procession order and description  10k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:11 AM Eileen Brightwell
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When and how incense is used during the year  8k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:11 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Collection of processions for normal Sundays, Evensong,Ordination,Convention,Chrism Mass,Wedding,Burial  14k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:13 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Notes and order of procession for a requiem for a parish priest  95k v. 2 Apr 13, 2013, 8:46 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Procession details for Seating a Bishop  10k v. 2 Mar 8, 2013, 12:30 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Covers all aspects of a wedding primarily for vergers;also includes acolyte and wedding assistants  17k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:15 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Version 3-60 pages complete with color photos for an average congreation size of 150, 3 Sunday services-includes Holy Week and other special services  3428k v. 2 Sep 22, 2014, 8:41 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Guidelines and instructions for Lay Servers  3176k v. 2 Apr 29, 2015, 6:36 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Liturgical Customary for Episcopal Visitations  20k v. 4 Feb 22, 2013, 5:55 PM Unknown user
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lays out all of options in the BCP so that families don’t have to flip through the Bible and BCP to choose readings and Psalms. It’s also good for end-of-life planning classes/retreats. It’s a pdf so it’s hard to read just looking at it, but when printed and folded, it’s pretty easy to use.  468k v. 2 May 13, 2014, 9:25 AM Eileen Brightwell
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How to start and color a ritual fire  14k v. 2 Apr 9, 2014, 7:16 PM Eileen Brightwell
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145 page Glossary of Ecclesiastical Terminology by George A. Carlson,USMC(ret)  683k v. 2 Mar 19, 2013, 7:43 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Acolyte Procedures - a fairly comprehensive procedures document. We used images from "A Priest's Handbook" for some of the illustrations in this document.   182k v. 11 Feb 22, 2013, 5:51 PM Unknown user
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Sunday procedures for Eucharistic Ministers (AKA Chalice Bearers)  107k v. 3 Feb 22, 2013, 5:53 PM Unknown user
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Sacristan procedures. All vergers are also trained sacristans who perform duties in the chancel.  199k v. 5 Feb 22, 2013, 5:52 PM Unknown user
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10 page manual for Acolytes, Chalice Bearers, and Layreaders  251k v. 2 Mar 5, 2013, 1:35 PM Eileen Brightwell
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6 page job description for sacristans  30k v. 2 Apr 8, 2013, 11:45 AM Eileen Brightwell
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12 page acolyte manual  390k v. 2 Apr 8, 2013, 11:44 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Elements that make an acolyte program run smoothly  76k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:04 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Given to all new acolytes-covers 20 topics in detail  87k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:04 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Expectations and requirements for leadership positions  11k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:04 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Expectations of Altar Guild team memebers  21k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:50 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Detailed job description for ushers at Sunday services  34k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:14 AM Eileen Brightwell
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How to assist with weddings: parties,processions, and services  13k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:14 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Acolyte training slides for St. John's Episcopal,Austin,TX. Includes trivia questions!  351k v. 2 Sep 22, 2014, 7:46 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Small parish outside Nashville, TN, this is an acolyte history and procedures document prepared for the Diocesan "Blessing of Liturgical Ministries" event.  461k v. 4 Mar 4, 2013, 4:38 AM Scott Smith
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From a small acolyte group with only 1-3 acolytes per service  28k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:41 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Proposed Acolyte Master Job Description-2 services/Sunday, only 1-3 acolytes/service  32k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:43 PM Eileen Brightwell
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First time to use incense  15k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:49 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Oblationers need training too  22k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:48 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Updated 2016  294k v. 2 Apr 14, 2016, 9:19 PM Eileen Brightwell-Hicks
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Updated 2016  141k v. 2 Apr 14, 2016, 9:19 PM Eileen Brightwell-Hicks
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Version goes to vergers, acolytes, acolyte coordinator. Has verger and acolyte prompts.  4225k v. 2 Nov 13, 2013, 2:20 PM Eileen Brightwell
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When a verger or other church member leaves a parish  289k v. 2 Nov 8, 2017, 9:52 AM Eileen Brightwell-Hicks
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Verger notes from our Dean's installation service in December 2009.  23k v. 4 Feb 22, 2013, 5:52 PM Unknown user
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Every year we make a special version of the Order of Worship for the Easter Vigil and pass this out to everyone who has moving roles in the liturgy. This takes FOREVER!!!  475k v. 2 Apr 16, 2014, 12:18 PM Scott Smith
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Commuion service for the Sick and Shut-ins  80k v. 2 Mar 4, 2013, 11:12 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Verger notes on basic funeral procedures  63k v. 2 Apr 8, 2013, 11:41 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Includes information for all servers  53k v. 2 Apr 8, 2013, 11:41 AM Eileen Brightwell
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8 pages about service-includes procession and seating charts  118k v. 2 Apr 8, 2013, 11:41 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Canon to the Ordinary Installation  14k v. 3 Mar 4, 2013, 4:38 AM Scott Smith
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Example of "Participant Missal"   277k v. 3 Mar 4, 2013, 4:39 AM Scott Smith
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Items used on Lent 4   13k v. 3 Apr 8, 2013, 11:46 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Worksheet for Diocesan Services at Grace Cathedral, Topeka, KS.  11k v. 2 Mar 4, 2013, 4:33 AM Scott Smith
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Service for installing a cathedral canon  11k v. 2 Mar 6, 2013, 8:10 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Service Bulletin for the Burial of a Pet  39k v. 2 May 13, 2014, 9:04 AM Eileen Brightwell
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Guided Eucharist-draft, never used. Please let us know if you use it and any changes, etc.  1345k v. 2 Aug 1, 2015, 2:44 PM Eileen Brightwell-Hicks
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Used to celebrate the very first same-gender blessing in the nation using the new approved liturgy-12/01/2012  1936k v. 2 Jul 29, 2013, 6:03 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Intended for use in a home or out of doors without ordained clergy  25k v. 2 May 13, 2014, 8:01 AM Eileen Brightwell
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The one time a year the verger gets to verge!  22k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:51 PM Eileen Brightwell
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The Verger at a Contemporary Service one time a year  22k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:52 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Behind the scene only but very useful to have a verger at any funeral  23k v. 2 Feb 24, 2013, 6:55 PM Eileen Brightwell
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Signs that we use to reserve pews during baptisms.  93k v. 5 Feb 22, 2013, 5:53 PM Unknown user
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Fact and Fantasy article by John H. Betts and an article by the U.S. Cpoyright Office-all you want to know about copyrights for your parish  34k v. 2 Jun 4, 2013, 6:39 AM Eileen Brightwell
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