Verger - part time

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£11,602.50 - £11,602.50

Working as part of the Verger team in the largest Cathedral in the UK (and 5th largest in the World) you will be part of a busy team facilitating the requirements of liturgical services and secular events throughout the year. You will also provide a welcoming presence to the many visitors which the Cathedral attracts from around the world.

The position is for 25.5 hours per week across three days (flexible).

Standard shift timings are

7.30am – 4.00pm or 10:00am – 6:30pm Monday to Saturday

8.00am – 4.30pm or 9:00am – 5:30pm on Sunday

Flexibility will be required and a willingness to cover any required additional needs.

Closing date for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 9th January 2019.

Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday 14th January 2019.

The post holder must be in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Church of England and to fully support the Mission and Values of Liverpool Cathedral.

A DBS check will be required for this role.

The recruitment is being managed by the Liverpool Cathedral and we would therefore ask agencies to refrain from contacting us.

Key Liturgical Duties:

  • Setup of and clearing away of all services held in the Cathedral ensuring that the Cathedral is left neat and tidy afterwards.
  • Reading of lessons & distribution of the Sacrament at Eucharistic services (with appropriate Chapter consent)
  • Ceremonial and verging duties within all services as required.
  • The upkeep and cleaning of all liturgical items and silverware within the Cathedral.
  • Changing of all Altar Frontals in line with the Lectionary or as instructed including linen.
  • Ensuring all candle prickets are kept fully stocked and stock keeping records updated.
  • Notifying the Head Verger of any stock shortages

Concerts / Events / Meetings and activities

  • Ensuring as part of a team or alone that the logistics of an event or activity are fully met according to deadlines set.
  • Ensure in the same way that everything is cleared away and stored in its assigned place after an event or activity and that the Cathedral is subsequently left neat and tidy.
  • Building of stages and setting up of public address systems as required (under appropriate instruction).
  • Removal of all rubbish to the designated collection point as required.

N.B. (Some of the above will require heavy lifting)

Health and Safety

  • Being vigilant ensuring that all areas of the Cathedral that are accessible to staff, visitors & contractors are maintained in a safe and secure manner and that any hazards, defects or security issues are reported to the Head Verger, Health and Safety Manager or other member of Management
  • Being aware of their own health and safety and that of others
  • Following all safety procedures & wearing appropriate clothing especially in regard to safety footwear.

The above list cannot be exhaustive and the Verger will be required to undertake any other duties not specifically listed above as may be required and commensurate with their role.

The person we are looking for will:

  • have the ability to handle a diverse range of tasks
  • have a ‘can do’ attitude
  • be a committed team player who is respectful of colleagues and the wider needs of the organisation
  • have an eye for detail and presentation
  • be physically fit in order to rearrange furniture as required
  • be able to work early mornings, late evenings, weekends and be flexible as required by changing business needs.

The Cathedral Church of Christ, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece, is built on St. James’ Mount and is visible from miles around: “a visible witness for God in the midst of the great city”. As Britain’s largest Cathedral, it boasts many record-breaking features: the world’s highest and widest Gothic arches, the highest and heaviest peal of bells and an organ with 10,268 pipes to name but a few. It is a vibrant living church filled with people day by day as varied as schoolchildren, those in theological training, choristers and conference delegates. It has a community life of daily prayer and worship attended sometimes by a few, often by thousands, and many concerts, exhibitions and events as well as Sunday congregations. As a world-class, award winning visitor attraction, welcoming well over half a million visitors a year, it also plays a key role in the city’s growing visitor economy and uses its spectacular spaces to host high profile events and deliver a cultural programme to inspire a local, national and international audience. Its total commitment to partnership working within the city not only contributes to its economic, spiritual and cultural life, but gives all who serve within it a thoroughly outward looking perspective.

This is a pioneering Cathedral of international renown, also working in an urban context and teeming with life. For all to thrive there is an assumption of a high degree of collegiality, flexibility and collaborative working.