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Head Verger


Our values - Hospitality, Faithfulness, Wholeness

Our Purpose  -To serve Jesus Christ as a vibrant community of worship and mission enriching the city, the Diocese and further afield

The first of our key values is hospitality. It is the particular ministry of the Vergers’ team to be on the frontline for the Cathedral in its engagement with visitors and worshippers, ensuring that the Cathedral is at its best for everyone attending, for whatever reason. Services, concerts, events, exhibitions, meetings and prayer are all undergirded by the Vergers’ work. It is a vital part of the teamwork that is being a Cathedral. Each of us has our own particular vocation within the whole picture.

Post Introduction

This post leads the team of vergers in the pre-planning and execution to the highest possible standards of arrangements for services and events in the Cathedral. It ensures the good order of the Cathedral for the reception of visitors and users throughout the week and implements all necessary security and health and safety regulations whether the building is open or closed. Undergirding this will be the essential requirement of good communication, collaborative working and a welcoming attitude towards a wide range of people. This post will embody and represent the Cathedral’s key values of Hospitality, Faithfulness and Wholeness.

As a cathedral we emphasise the importance of all of us engaging with ongoing learning and we would be looking to support the new Head Verger with appropriate training and induction. 

Role Responsibility

  • To be Head Verger at services and Civic occasions held in the Cathedral.

  • To oversee the successful delivery of liturgical and sacristy duties for services.

  • To be Verger, dressed in cassock and gown, as Cathedral practice requires, and to verge ceremonial processions and services where required.

  • Liaise with the Canon Precentor regarding all service requirements.

  • Monitor sacristy supplies and Altar requisites and ensure that we are appropriately stocked.

  • To be responsible for checking the PA system, setting up microphones and the setting of levels
  • Be responsible for the control of lighting, both at services and other times, maintaining suchstandards and records as required.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Evidence of at least further education attainment
  • Evidence of continuing training

  • Health and Safety, First Aid and Safeguarding training or at least a willingness to undergo training.

  • A level of physical fitness that will require heavy lifting


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to get on with a diverse range of people

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills

  • Ability to lead a team


  • Demonstrable experience of constructively leading a team

  • Mentoring new members of a team

  • Experience of a Verging or Caretaking role, in like or similar environment

  • Dealing with the public

About Us

The Cathedral Church of St Peter was created in 1919 from the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in the Calverley Deanery. In 2014 it became one of three cathedrals in the newest diocese in the Church of England: Leeds. Wakefield and Ripon being the other two. The Dean is Vicar of Bradford and the Cathedral is an important focus of Christian witness in the centre of the City.



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