Vergers Voice

Vergers Voice

Verger’s Voice #42

Vergers voice #42 Today we are going to go from the Nave to the Chancel area.  The Chancel is usually a raised area, at least in older churches where the Clergy and other worship leaders sit and like here there is usually room for the choir and organ.  In the early church this area was designed with a heavy rood screen and rails to protect the holy vessels and elements at the altar, over time the area was opened up…

Vergers Voice #40

A TOUR OF ST. ANDREW’S I am sure many of you have given tours of your home to friends and family members when they visit for the first time. It’s exciting to tell people what changes you have made and things you have done to make your home just the way you wanted it. Well, that’s the way I feel when I talk about St. Andrew’s. Over the years I have conducted many walking tours, given talks and written a…

Vergers Voice #39

Feeling Uncomfortable with Ashes to Go Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 was the first time Ashes to Go was offered in Shippensburg.  There were no TV cameras, no newspaper reporters and no protesters, just Mother Barbara and me with a sign that said, Ashes to Go, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, some handouts and our containers of ashes.  We stood on the sidewalk near the post office, a very busy place at noon time, feeling rather uncomfortable for our own reasons. …

Vergers Voice #38

Is it true the Vergers sleep in the bell tower? Unlike Quasimodo, your vergers do not sleep in the bell tower.  This may seem like a silly question to some but for anyone who has observed our comings and goings you may have wondered.  Of course, you may have overheard my wife telling people that she is planning on hiring someone to build a room up there for me if I don’t quit spending so much time in church. Then…

Verger’s voice #37

The Door That Does Not Open I was asked the question “Where does the door on Prince St (that appears near where the organ is) go?” I am sure a lot of people have wondered about this.  Here’s a door that looks just like the other doors of the church. It has a stone step to help you get in, a knob and it is facing a very busy street but it will not open. You can pull on it,…

Verger’s Voice #31

ARE WE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED? Several months ago Bill and I attended a workshop in Chambersburg titled Congregation Security. It was attended by a surprising number of people from many churches in the area.  The workshop was sponsored by the South Central PA Task Force which is a non-profit organization that helps businesses, industry, governments and churches learn about, prepare for and recover from different types of disasters. Then this past August Mike and I attended a workshop in…

Verger’s voice #35

For this vergers voice I’m going to try to answer three questions. The first, someone asked, “If the Altar was always in the same place.”  No, the Altar is not in its original place but it is not far from it.  At one time all Altars in the Episcopal Church were against the East wall. The East wall of a church is always the wall behind the Altar no matter if it facing East or not. Ours happens to face…

Verger’s voice #36

Does St. Andrew’s have a program to welcome new people to our church? It may not be the most known thing going on at St. Andrew’s and it is hardly the newest, since it has been going on for a very long time but yes, we do have a welcome program for newcomers. Here at St. Andrew’s it keeps evolving as we find new things to do to help new people feel more comfortable with their new church home and…

Vergers voice #34

You would think that a church would have plans for a bell when it was being built but that wasn’t the case at St. Andrew’s.  What we now call the bell tower was designed as a battlement tower, since it was modeled after a church in England.  Our bell didn’t come to much later.  I am not sure whether it was because there wasn’t money in the budget for it or no one saw a need for one but St.…

Verger’s Voice #33

Music has always been an important part of St. Andrew’s and our organ has been central to that love of music.  Silent Night has been played 87 times as our midnight Mass has ended on Christmas Eve, with more magnificent music at Easter.  It has been played at countless weddings and too many funerals. It has been played for community concerts, the seating of eight Bishops and many Christmas services for the college community.  During the 60’s the sounds of…

Vergers Voice #32

On January 29th 2017 I invited anyone who had a question about St. Andrew’s, the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, or the Episcopal Church in general to write their question on an index card found in the pews and drop them in a basket at the front doors or in the PLC.  I promised they would be answered here on the Vergers Voice and on one of bulletin boards in the PLC.  I would like to thank those who started this…

The Little Church

Mike Stitt today told the story of “The little Church” under the altar. The story was told in one of Mike’s Verger Voice Articles. It is a fantastic read, please click here to read it.   Below are some pictures of the event from the Service on April 3rd. The Little Church will be brought out once a month for special offeriengs that will be used to help fund the Community meals that St. Andrews give to the community.