Verger

Posted 8 days agoExpires in 18 days
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
Employee
£23,000pa

Main purpose

To embody the St Martin’s values (outlined on page 3 and on the website) and to work with others in the Church Operations team (CHOPs) and wider St Martin’s team to increase the application of these values in the life of the church.

To enable the worshiping life of St Martin-in-the-Fields to run smoothly, and the building to be a place of warm welcome throughout the week, ensuring safety and accessibility for all who enter the Church.

To prepare the church and facilitate the practical logistics of worship during services.

To interact with a wide range of people, with a balanced and knowledgeable approach to the activities across the organisation, working well in a supportive team, and confident and responsible when working alone.

Ensuring a safe, professional and welcoming space

  • Ensuring that our church is conducive to worship and that visitors understand the nature of this spacehow to be in the space as a church
  • Answering questions and being available for visitors and worshippers
  • Help maintain the decorum and security of the building, with the assistance of the security and maintenance teams
  • Provide a ministry of presence and welcome in church, liaising with clergy over those who visit with specific pastoral needs
  • Ensuring that the church is accessible to all, including being in line with our disability awareness policy

Operations

Communications:

  • Engage constructively as part of the Chops team working with the Office Managere Worship Coordinator and Church Coordinator to quickly raise any challenges and be part of looking for constructive solutions
  • Respond to communications from the wider St Martin’s promptly and positively

Maintenance and administration:

  • Support the work of the Maintenance team and CHOPS Church CoordinatorOffice Manager to maintain the Church building, reporting all repairs needed
  • Liaise with organisers of external special services and take part in meetings with those organising special services as required
  • Empty, count and record money from collection boxes and special services, keeping accurate records, and forwarding details to the Finance team
  • Record and deal with any lost property left in the church and ensure no unattended bags are left in Church
  • Work constructively with the Concerts team, to ensure smooth transition between church and concert use and assist at lunchtime concerts as needed
  • Complete administrative tasks relating to the role, including completion of the daily handover book
  • Collect and distribute mail from the church office

Liturgical role and working with Clergy

  • Prepare the church building, Dick Sheppard Chapel and church related rooms for the various services, i.e. Sunday service, additional Saturday and weekday services, weddings, marriage blessings, memorials, funerals and for all the worship taking place throughout the week
    • Involvement in and support of clergy with Sunday and midweek services
    • Responsible for the set-up of choir stalls and furniture in chancel and sanctuary
    • Prepare service books and the altar for Communion
    • Take part in processions, crucifer, or assist as and when required
    • Assist with leading Morning and Evening Prayer when required
    • Responsible for checking the PA system in the church, setting up of microphones and the setting of levels during the services making sure that sound checks are carried out before services

Knowledge, skills and abilities

To be effective in this role you will need to demonstrate knowledge, experience (giving evidence where necessary) of the following, including formal training where appropriate:

  • Ability to understand Anglican rites and other liturgies, and to prepare for and lead short prewritten prayers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to get on with a diverse range of people as well as a high value of working constructively within CHOPS
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work on your own and as part of a team and confident in taking the initiative
  • Experience of verger in like or similar church environment
  • Numerate, computer literate and able to work with technical equipment
  • Excellent attention to detail, with the ability to work methodically
  • A capable, confident and empathetic individual, with a positive attitude to work