Daughters of the King
Quoted from the National DOK website -- http://www.doknational.org/
"The Order of the Daughters of the King® was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin and her women’s Bible study class at the church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City.
"In the Beginning
"A Bible class for young women in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, New York City, was named Daughters of the King. Desirous of a more earnest zeal for Christ and the Church, their teacher, Mrs. Margaret J. Franklin, called a meeting on Easter Even, 1885. The purpose was to arouse their interest and to urge their cooperation as a class of definite workers for Christ and His Church."
DOK – Background Information
Who We Are: Daughters of the King are women and girls between the ages of seven and one hundred and seven who desire a closer walk with the Lord. We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and supported through the companionship of our sisters. We are all at different stages of our Christian journey – some have just begun and some have been on this path for a long time. But no matter where we are on our sacred journeys, our primary goal is the same – to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others.
Vision Statement of the Order: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.
Order vs. Organization: A Christian order is a community of men or women living under a religious rule. Because Daughters of the King accept a Rule of Life, we define ourselves as an order, not an organization. Our community is found primarily in our local chapters, but it extends around the world.
We don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings. After a three-month period of study and discernment, each new member takes vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
The Rule of Service
Through her Rule of Service, a Daughter daily seeks to do the will of God where she is, remembering Jesus’ words, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these...you did it for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV). The Rule of Service is the application and extension of our baptismal vows. As part of her Rule of Service, each Daughter promises:
To be Christ’s faithful servant in the extension of His Kingdom.
To regularly take part in the worship, study and work of the Church.
To render at all times aid to the clergy as deemed necessary for the spiritual up-building of the parish.
The Rule of Service does not designate when, where, or how a Daughter or chapter should serve. Through prayer and discernment Daughters are led to areas of need in our churches and communities. The Rule is simple because we can serve through any word or deed that is said or done with the sincere purpose of bringing a soul nearer to Christ.
There are always more “needs” than we have time and energy for, so we ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to those who will be blessed by who we are and what we have to give. In carrying out our service, we are mindful that our spiritual roots need to be deep enough to balance our activities. Our Rule of Service is always supported by our Rule of Prayer, although neither is complete without the other.
“Prayer without work is empty words,
Service without prayer is labor lost.”
(Quoted from the DOK National Website: http://www.doknational.org/
Coming events for Julian of Norwich Chapter:
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 -- The Julian of Norwich Chapter will resume our regular schedule -- meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the parish hall. This month's meeting is during Holy Week. There will be no Stations of the Cross service that Wednesday because of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. We will have a "low-key" gathering of our DOK sisters to talk about our focus for the next few months and the coming year.
Spouses are welcome to meet at Asheville Pizza and Brewing around the same time for "Men's Night Out" -- open to the men of the church..
Saturday, April 29, 2017 -- The Western North Carolina Order of the Daughters of the King “2017 Spring Assembly” will be on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at Tiggs Pond Retreat Center, Zirconia, NC. The program will be “The Spiritual Journey” – Post Impressions of trips to Israel, given by Daughters Rev. Christie Olsen, Assistant Recto,rSt. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC and Rev. Posy Jackson.
Cost is $10.00 per person with a Mediterranean luncheon provided.
RSVP: On or before Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Contact Elaine Chen at:
Friday, June 23, 2017 - Sunday, June 25, 2017 -- The Province IV - DOK Summer Retreat will be at Kanuga. Information about the retreat and the registration form is on the following link:
*** FYI: Anita Quinley -- Diocescan President for WNC-DOK