On October 3, 2015 Terry Hughes, Chair of the VGEC Annual Conference Committee, announced that the MEG Chapter was selected to host the 29th Annual Conference of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church in 2017. Our Chapter expects to host the largest assembly of vergers in history from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is an accolade to our Chapter for being the largest and most active chapter in the US.
Over 160 vergers and guests from the United States, Canada, and England attended the 27th annual conference of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC). Eight vergers from the Diocese of Atlanta, along with two spouses (the largest delegation from any chapter) gathered for four days of sharing, learning, networking, and worshiping.
The Mark Emory Graham Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church met for their Summer Assembly on a bright shinny (and hot) day on June 13 just east of Atlanta. We were hosted by St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Conyers. Thirty-one vergers, clergy, and guests participated in the gathering. Ten vergers joined the MEG Chapter for the first time when they paid annual dues.
The Rev. Canon C. John Thompson-Quartey, Canon for Ministry Development & Congregational Vitality, and the Rev. Mandy Brady (St. Francis –Macon) asked the MEG Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild to assist with the logistics and to serve at the Holy Week Renewal of Ordination Vows led by Bishop Wright. The service was held March 31 at The Temple, a Reform synagogue in Midtown Atlanta. Rabbi Peter S. Berg preached the sermon and the Clark Atlanta University Choir performed.
Earlier this year Bishop Whitmore wrote to the Rectors and Priests in Charge of all Parishes in the Diocese. His message was developing leadership. Accompanying his letter was a copy of Verger Customaries developed by the MEG Chapter. Shortly thereafter, The Rev. Brandon Ford at Julian’s in Douglasville asked Earnell Morris to become a verger and gave him the Customaries. Needing a little assistance to get started, he contacted the MEG Chapter.
On a brisk and chilly day in the southwest corner of the Diocese of Atlanta, the Mark Emory Graham Chapter of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church met for their Winter Assembly. The event was hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Columbus. Over thirty-eight Vergers, Clergy, and guests participated in the gathering.