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Agencies in ECW Fellowship
Organizations with which the Episcopal Church Women share ministry.


Order of Daughters of the King

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Altar Guild

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Anglican Fellowship of Prayer

Our roots are within the Anglican Church. As Christians, we believe that a key element that holds us together is prayer--not only in our corporate worship, but in prayer throughout the week, wherever we are.

Praying together in fellowship enriches the lives of both the individual and the community of faith. In the 1940s and 1950s, Helen Shoemaker (wife of the Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker) developed a ministry of group prayer at Calvary Episcopal Church, New York (with the help of Polly Wiley) and continued it when her husband was called to Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh. Bishop Austin Pardue suggested the name "Anglican Fellowship of Prayer" in 1958 and his friend Bishop Cuthbert Bardsley of England taught at one of the first international conferences.
Prayer groups and prayer retreats and conferences are all encouraged by the AFP. Currently there are chapters in Canada and in the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.

Prayer begins in the heart of God, and it has the power to change the world. This means that prayer is a vital business. However, most Christians, when honest, admit that prayer doesn't always come easily to them, especially at the beginning. It may seem like trying to get to know a stranger. Given the proper time and commitment, our relationship with the Lord of the Universe, as known to us through Jesus Christ, will be closer than any human relationship. God is, as some have said before, as close as your breath. It is our job to help you and your church put prayer first. With that in mind, we invite you to become part of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer.

National Cathedral Association

The National Cathedral Association is an organization that seeks to provide funds and promote the Washington National Cathedral. It consists of more than 14,000 people across the United States. It is subdivided into State committees. More than 88% of its members live outside the Washington area. Every year, each State is remembered in the prayers of the cathedral. Every four years, a state has a Major State Day, at which time those who live in the state are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to the cathedral and dignitaries from the state are invited to speak. American state flags are always displayed in the nave.

United Thank Offering

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The Church Periodical Club

The Church Periodical Club is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, dedicated to the worldwide Ministry of the Written Word and to the Promotion of Christian Mission. Its ministry is to make grants that supply written materials of any type free to those who cannot otherwise obtain them and to raise money to do this.

Click here for an article from Diocesan CPC Coordinator Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres.

Click here for the Winter 2023 CPC Newsletter.

Last Published: February 13, 2023 10:10 AM