The Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC) is a service organization that supports the ministry of vergers, sacristans, worship leaders, altar guild members, and more. Although the position may have many different names, we all identify with the historic name and work of the verger.
A verger is a member of a church who works under the direction of their rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge, to assist with the organization and operation of worship services in the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, and world-wide throughout the Anglican Communion. There are vergers in many other churches as well and all are welcome.
Through our training course, online resources, annual conferences, chapters, and opportunities for fellowship, the VGEC supports over one thousand active members around the world. 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 for your work in the church. We also have a free six-month trial membership for new members.
Membership Management System for the VGEC
The VGEC Membership Management System located at secure.vergers.org enables the efficient maintenance of membership data and enhanced communication. It allows for easy and secure online processing of memberships, renewals, events, and houses the Guild Shop.
To renew your membership, simply login at secure.vergers.org. Don't worry if you do not know your password as there are simple instructions to follow assist you in resetting your password.
We encourage everyone to maintain their membership online using credit cards. This saves the organization a lot of money, time, and resources! If you need any help with your membership, please contact the Membership Committee, at [email protected].
Check Out VergerTV on YouTube
Our newest set of videos highlight our most recent Virtual Annual Conference and newly elected VGEC Board Members Diane Carlisle, Thurl Headen, and Marshall Binns. You can click on their names to learn more about these individuals!
We will be sending more information regarding the 2022 September 15-18 Annual Conference in New York City, so stay tuned!
The current host of VergerTV is VGEC President Duke DuTeil. If you'd like to help with Verger TV, submit videos, host, or anything else, contact him at [email protected].
Take a look at the channel and if you have any ideas for upcoming segments on VergerTV we'd love to hear from you. We really want this channel to be BY and ABOUT all vergers, so that means we all need to be thinking about videos that we can make and use. And you know it's getting incredibly easy to record really nice videos with our phones and it's also really easy to share those videos. So this is a great way to share valuable information with one another.
Be sure to subscribe to the channel and click the Notifications bell and also to LIKE all of our videos.
Check out the Vergers Facebook!
The Vergers Guild has a active and vibrant presence on Facebook. With contributions from vergers across the country and internationally along with announcements from the Guild management.
Try out the VGEC Free for Six Months!
If you are interested in trying out the Vergers Guild, we have a special site try.vergers.org where you can sign up for a six-month membership for free! You will get access to everything that we have, and you will be signed up for all VGEC online and postal communication as you explore the ministry and our organization. We hope that you will try us out because we know you will like what you experience as a member of the VGEC!
The #1 Online Resource for Vergers
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.
“The ministry of the vergers is to help to lead the church in bearing witness in the world to the hospitality of God, by helping the church to be a truly hospitable place, by helping us to worship the Lord our God in dignity, in order, in beauty, and in truth in the church so that we can go forth to witness to that God to the world.”