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            MEMBERSHIP       OUTREACH  BISHOP'S CROSS HISTORY
THE ORDER 
                                                                                                                                       
WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING?

The Daughters is a spiritual, praying Order for women in the Episcopal Church and churches with the Historic Episcopate.  We are organized as a religious Order, although we do not live in an enclosed community.   Because of our vow, we refer to ourselves as an Order, not an organization.  Our bylaws prohibit us from raising funds. 


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ORDER?

The purpose of the Order is evangelism. We desire, through a disciplined rule of prayer and service, to encourage in others and ourselves a deeper relationship to our Lord Christ Jesus. Whether you know it or not, you cannot be at peace with yourself without an interior spiritual life:   "...whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made..." A Daughter continually renews her interior spiritual life as she lives out her baptismal vows to follow Jesus as her Savior and Lord, to work, to pray, to witness, and to give for the spread of His kingdom. 

WHAT DO DAUGHTERS DO?

Daughters are not called to do but to be. Daughters are not required to participate in any project undertaken by the chapter.   However, most Daughters do wish to give some tangible service, according to their talents, toward the spread of Christ's kingdom.

HOW WILL BEING IN THE ORDER HELP TO DEEPEN MY LIFE AS A WOMAN?

The Order can help by pointing the way to a stable grounding in Christ our King. Through prayer, study and service, with like-minded women, Daughters find their minds and hearts turning from self to God.

HOW DOES THE ORDER DIFFER FROM OTHER CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS?

Many church organizations have their emphasis on service and socializing.  But Daughters share a common rule of life and they become aware of growing toward Christ, together with their sisters in Christ. The sign of our discipline is the emblem of the Order that we wear daily as a visible witness of a life committed to showing forth the love of Christ to all people. It reminds us that we bear Christ's name and sign and have a responsibility to bring Him into our daily lives through thought and action. The disciplines of the Order pervade your entire life as a woman.

I BELONG TO THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN, IS THAT NOT ENOUGH?

As a Daughter, you are not expected to change the way you participate in general parish life.  You will not be asked to do anything more than you are already doing, but you will find your service will have more purpose and meaning.  Anything you do in Jesus’ name is Daughter’s work, whether done at church or away.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE TO A CHURCH THAT DOES NOT HAVE A CHAPTER?

Notify the National Office of your new status and request a list of nearby chapters.  If there is no chapter at your new parish, talk to your clergy about forming one.  You are considered a Daughter-at-Large until you can affiliate with a local chapter.  You will continue to pay your annual dues directly to the National Office.  In this way you stay in touch with the Order, can continue to wear the cross as a sign of your commitment, and will receive The Royal Cross.   Many dioceses form a bishop’s chapter for their Daughters-at-Large.  There is a Daughter-at-Large representative on the National Council. 

IS THERE A SIMILAR PROGRAM FOR GIRLS?

Yes, there is a Junior Division for girls and young women between seven and twenty years of age.   They can become junior members of The Order.  Junior Daughters are a part of the Order.  Through their vow of daily prayer and service, they have a special opportunity to grow in Christian faith and commitment.  Junior members may belong to any church, but the president of a Junior chapter must be an Episcopalian.  Junior members wear a silver cross with the initials FHS, For His Sake.  These girls pray, serve, and reach out in love to other girls.

 MEMBERSHIP IN THE ORDER 

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

A woman must be a member of a church which has a chapter. She must participate in a 10-week study, usually with other interested women, using a printed Study Guide manual. The class is led by one or two of the Daughters from the chapter. You are asked to attend at least seven of the classes.  Near the end of the study you will prayerfully make your decision to become a Daughter.

There will be a registration fee of $50. Your admission will take place during a worship service where you make a vow to obey the guidelines of the Order. At that time you will receive a silver cross (which belongs to the Order), a membership card, and a one-year subscription to The Royal Cross newsletter printed four times. There are annual dues, currently $40.00 a year due by September 1st.

WHAT TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP DOES THE ORDER HAVE?

Active Member - a senior member whose dues are current. She receives The Royal Cross, has voice and vote at meetings and assemblies and is eligible to be an officer of the chapter, diocese, or province or a national council member.

Life Member - a senior member who makes a contribution of a lump sum, which is set by the National Council and deposited into the Endowment Fund. The life member contribution covers all future national, provincial and diocesan dues. She receives The Royal Cross and has privilege of voice and vote.

Daughter-at-Large - refers to a member who attends a church that does not have a chapter. She pays dues, supports the funds, and keeps the Order informed of any changes in her status by direct contact with the National Office. She receives The Royal Cross and has privilege of voice and vote. She should consult her clergy about forming a chapter. 

Inactive Member - a senior member who is not in good standing may be reinstated at a Service of Rededication following a period of renewal and study with the approval of her clergy and upon payment of dues for the current year and a nominal reinstatement fee, set by National Council.

 MUST I BECOME A DAUGHTER OF THE KING?

Of course not. Thousands of saints never heard of Daughters, but those of us who are Daughters find it a source of strength and solace in the modern world.

 Outreach

THROUGH OUR DIOCESE

OUTREACH PROJECT

 2016 - 2017

The Order of the Daughters of the King ®

Diocese of Central Florida


 

 

                             

A simple solution gives Days back to girls.

                                            Days that change their lives

 

Days for Girls International is a grassroots non-profit organization creating a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene, because no girl should go without.  Girls worldwide suffer indignities, infection, even exploitation, trying to stay in school during their menstrual cycle. It is difficult trying to avoid confinement and missing as much as 170 days of school from age 12 to 14.  DFG volunteers make bags/kits that are filled with a pair of underpants, 2 reusable feminine pads, a washcloth, and soap.  Sustainable, reusable and life changing items to solve this basic and critical need.   Twice the winner of the African Seed Award and featured by the UN Commission on the Status of Women, DFG, has been named as the one of the Next Ten organizations poised to change the world in the next decade. Your donations help with female health education and products which are absolutely needed to promote the dignity, health, education of girls.  Cottage industries have sprung up as women learn to produce these products themselves with the supplies that are provided by DFG.

For more information go to:  www.daysforgirls.org or Facebook at Days for Girls

            OUR MISSION

            Every girl. Everywhere. Period.  

            It is estimated that over 300,000 girls and women have been reached.

           

            OUR VISION

            Every girl and woman in the world having ready access to quality sustainable

            hygiene  by 2022.   87 % of the funds go directly to programs.

            OUR RESULTS

            To date we have served 75+ nations on 6 continents with 610+ teams and Chapters worldwide.

    

Generously support this worthy project! Make a difference today! 

Please make a gift through your chapter or individually to the Treasurer;

Agnes Wichmann, 420 Cinnamon Dr., Satellite Beach, FL  32937.  Be sure to mark your check as a donation for “Days for Girls”.  The last day for donations is August 31, 2017.




THROUGH THE FOUR NATIONAL FUNDS 

The Funds are the way we, as Daughters, reach out and continue the work we are called upon to do.  The Central Florida Diocese has always been generous in giving and this year we have continued to recognize and support the important work that is accomplished through our corporate giving to the National Funds. See National Handbook pages 20 - 23 for more information.    

Self Denial Fund – Ingathering is February 2
Supports Missionary work through grants.

Master's Fund - Ingathering is Pentecost Supports continuing education among women through grants.
Alpha Fund - Ingathering is September 5 Supports the Junior Daughters ministry.

Endowment Fund - Ingathering is Noveber 1 Supports the permanent trust which assures that the work of the Order continues.


       
 
                                                     




 THE BISHOP'S CROSS

A Brief History

This drawing for the Biushop’s Cross was begun in 1937. At that time a gold cross was given by Katherine Travers of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Daytona, designated to be worn by a member who is faithful in carrying out the purpose of The Order, and whose life upholds the Cross.

Shortly after the Diocese of South Florida split, the cross became lost. It was decided by Bishop Hargraves at the time of its loss, that it be replaced so that the tradition could be carried on. When Lorraine Renfroe was Diocesan President the Daughters a new cross was made from  silver that was gleaned from donated old jewelry that many Daughters had contributed.   This is the same silver cross that is used today. Years later the Travers Cross was found at Bishop Gray Inn and returned to the Diocese of Central Florida. This gold cross is now worn by the Central Florida Diocesan President during her term of office.

The Tradition of the Bishop’s Cross continues. Prior to the Fall Assembly, each chapter draws a name from all active members, after saying a prayer for the Holy Spirit to select the name to be chosen. (Active members include those who are physically unable to participate in Daughters meetings and activities. Only those who keep no contact with the chapter, attend no meetings(without good reason), and pay no dues are considered inactive. )

At the Fall Assembly the name of each chapter representative will be placed together, and after prayer the name of the recipient will be drawn. The Daughter who is selected by the Holy Spirit will wear the cross for a year, until the next Fall Assembly. At that Fall Assembly she will share with us her life with the cross.

The Cross is not a reward, but it is to be worn with humility and thankfulness that God is doing a great work in her life and in her chapter and parish. The wearing of this Cross gives one a greater dependence on God’s spirit. This Order was guided into existence by God’s Spirit and this method helps us to keep our eyes on Him as the selector, and on His work.

In some parishes where a Daughter has worn the Cross, the Spirit has brought renewal and strengthening and a greater awareness of God’s love and the working of His Spirit.

Suggested prayer for the drawing

O God, who didst lead the holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place, grant that _____________ Chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King under guidance of Holy Spirit, may choose the representative for our chapter and uphold this Daughter in her work for the extension of thy kingdom, through Him who is the Shepherd of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, one God , for ever and ever. AMEN.