Installation of the Senior Virger
Alison joined us in February 2016, with previous experience as a virger in Canterbury and at her local parish church prior to commencing ordination training 5 years ago.
She had been working as a Speech and Language Therapist for the NHS in Dorset for the past 12 years, and as a Self Supporting Minister for the past 18 or so months. Although Alison has been with us for several months now, Sunday's service marks her 'installation' as a member of the Cathedral Founation.
"I work full-time, and quite closely with the Liturgy and Music Department, leading our team of Virgers. At present, my work consists mainly of creating rotas to ensure that all services have adequate Virger-cover, as well as taking my turn on the rota. Much of my daily work is behind the scenes; preparing for worship, sacristy duties, laying out vestments, ensuring stocks of candles, wafers, incense are maintained. Of course, we also lead processions during services. It feels such a privilege to work in this environment; amidst such beautiful music and architecture, and to play a small part in the smooth-running of the worship. It also reminds me that we are all called to serve. And I am meeting some wonderful people!"