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THE ROLE OF THE VERGER
The post of Verger fundamentally includes three main areas:
Caring for people - welcoming visitors, showing them the Abbey, answering questions, cooperating and coordinating matters with representatives of visiting groups, voluntary groups, etc, dealing with those in distress or in trouble, and playing a full and cooperative part within a diverse staff team.
The verger will also support the volunteer stewards and arrange their rota.
We expect the verger to be First Aid trained and offer the training. Likewise, we take Safeguarding very seriously and offer the appropriate training.
The Verger is the person responsible for evacuating the building safely in an emergency and for briefing stewards before major services and events on the emergency and evacuation procedures.
Caring for worship - supporting the clergy, doing all the background preparation for worship and taking a ceremonial part in some services, developing detailed liturgical knowledge from liturgical colours and clergy vesture to dealing with holy sacraments and an understanding of liturgical books used, dealing with the official registers for services, ordering consumables such as altar breads, wine and candles, being an altar server at some services of Holy Communion, exploring being granted permission by the Bishop to administer the chalice at Communion, and sharing in the leading of Morning and Evening Prayer especially when the clergy are absent.
Caring for the building – cleaning thoroughly inside and outside the building (including the choir school toilets), minor maintenance, updating noticeboards, prepare/move furniture for different services, exhibitions, concerts etc (the job can be physically demanding at times), operate lighting/clock/sound/heating systems, being the first response person for the emergency services and the alarm monitoring station, ensure general maintenance under the guidance of the relevant person in authority, ensure Health and Safety policies are observed etc.
While the focus of the verger is the ecclesiastical building, we expect him or her to be flexible and willing to support the caretaking team of the Abbey's Priory Buildings as required. They in turn offer support to the vergers.
We expect applicants to be or be willing to become either a communicant member of the Church of England or a practising member of a Christian church in good standing with the Church of England, since the verger's duties include taking a full part in worship and occasionally leading said services in the absence of the clergy. The post therefore carries a genuine occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010.
Required abilities and attributes
The successful candidate will
The successful applicant will not be able to start the job until we have clearance from an enhanced DBS check.
Desirable qualifications and experience lie in the following areas:
The demands of the post entail regular work at weekends, and no holidays over Christmas and Easter. We also expect flexibility to allow for evening work to cater for events (overtime or time off in lieu are offered).
There are two part-time vergers in post one of whom covers some Sundays.
The new post will be virtually full-time, with overtime during busy periods.
Over 3 to 6 months the new postholder will be expected to take on the role of lead verger, with oversight over the verging team and its area of work.
Between £16,000 and £18,000, depending on responsibilities taken on.
We offer a pension scheme through People's Pension.
This is a varied and demanding role, and for the person keen to contribute to the life of the Abbey and the wider community, it is a rewarding post indeed.
Please note that we will only consider your application if you request, complete and submit our application form. Just submitting your CV is not considered an application.
We are always looking for Volunteers who would like to help out here at Hexham Abbey. This could be guiding and stewarding visiting groups, for those with an interest in history who enjoy helping and interacting with people. Our Gift Shop and Cafe are also partially staffed with volunteers who simply enjoy keeping busy and giving people a warm welcome as they visit our site.
If you would like to speak to someone further about volunteering opportunities please contact Owen Mills, on email@example.com, or 01434 611 908.