St. Agnes Guild
The St. Agnes Guild is a group that unites women in a program of worship, study, service and fellowship. Our aim is to deepen and strengthen our own spiritual lives and build opportunities for service to the church, the community, the diocese, the nation and the world.
Worship: We begin each meeting with an inspirational message and the Lord’s Prayer.
Study: Our monthly programs broaden our knowledge of our church and the world we live in.
Service: Our service activities are two-fold: to fill the needs of our own church and also reach out to the wider world.
Within the church, we provide financial support for the Altar Guild, Sunday School, Youth Group and acolytes. The guild organizes receptions and memorials when needed. There is a dedicated memorial committee. We provide supplies for the kitchen including the Coffee Hour and any other meetings held in the church. St. Agnes is also mindful of other special housekeeping needs not provided for in the church budget.
In the wider world, we support a number of community engagement projects. Some are close to home, like Matthew House, New Beginnings, and the Greenwood Food Bank. Some are farther away, like the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund. To support these endeavors, we have three major fundraising events during the year:
- Oktoberfest, a party with German food, music, a silent auction, and good fun, on the second Friday of October;
- Canterbury Faire, a holiday bazaar with all sorts of goods for sale, food and entertainment on the first Saturday of November;
- Christmas Quilt raffle drawing done at “Lessons and Carols” in December.
We lead our fellowship, including organizing the Kick-Off Bar-be-cue, the Shrove Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner, the Ladies Tea and other events throughout the year.
Meetings are usually held on the first Friday morning of each month (September-June). The meetings begin with coffee and a social time at 9:45 am. At 10:00 am there is a business meeting. The program begins about 11:00 am and is followed by lunch.
Membership is open to all church women. If you would like to join, please contact Joan Mackie at 206-363-6930 or JBMACKIE52@msn.com.
St. Agnes of Rome, Virgin-Martyr, 292- 304 C.E., remembered by the Church on January 21st
Agnes was the foster sister of St. Emerentiana, who at the age of 12 years old died for her dedication to Jesus Christ. During that period of history, a 12 year old was close to being an adult, as life expectancy was to about 40 years. At her age many where already betrothed, if not already having given birth to her first child.
Early on, Agnes dedicated her love to Jesus and declared she would remain a virgin and not marry. She was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity by rape. She was taken to a Roman temple in Minerva (Athens), and when led to the altar, she made the sign of the cross.
She was threatened, then tortured when she refused to turn against God. Several young men presented themselves, offering to marry her. She is recorded to have said that to do so would be an insult to her heavenly Spouse. She would accept death rather betray her consecration. There are several different accounts as to how she was martyred; some record that she was beheaded and burned, some that she was tortured and stabbed to death or stabbed in the throat.
In Christian art she is depicted using the colors of blue (symbolic of virginity), red (symbolic of blood being shed) and white (symbolic of purity). Also she is shown holding a palm branch (symbolic of martyrdom), a lamb (her name is derived from the Latin “agnus,” meaning lamb or innocence) and, of course, the cross. She is the patroness of young girls, girl scouts, betrothed/engaged couples, chastity and crops.
-From Br. John’s column “Saints Are Us” published in our Weekly Highlights.