Quick change

10 January 2014

VERGERS do not usually wear chimneys to verge out a cathedral choir, but that is what Jerome Reed did at the end of the Christmas-morning eucharist in Birmingham Cathedral.

With permission, he did a quick change during the final hymn, discarding his verger's robes in favour of a Father Christmas jumper, beard, and hat, and a painted cardboard chimney edged with cotton-wool snow attached by red braces so that, the Dean, the Very Revd Catherine Ogle, says, it "bobbed gently up and down as he walked".

After the dignity of the liturgy, and the beauty of the Christmas music, she says, "this was a funny and joyful sight, just right for Christmas morning. I feel really proud of our team of vergers, who, though very tired after an exceptionally busy December, still had such a sense of fun after the dismissal.

"The congregation expressed their pleasure with a round of applause for Jeremy."

Forthcoming Events

16-18 February 2018
Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature

Our literary festival with a theological slant in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Speakers include Francis Spufford, Ruth Valerio, Eve Poole, Mark Oakley, James Runcie and many others. Find out more

5-6 May 2018
Church Times Festival of Poetry
With Sarum College, Salisbury. More details coming soon - register your interest here

The Church Times Podcast

The Church Times Podcast, hosted by Tim Wyatt and Ed Thornton, features a mixture of interviews and news analysis. Listen online

Subscribe now to get full access

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read seven articles each month for free.