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Glossary of Programs

The ABCs of Life at Saint David’s


Provides comfort to other parishioners in crisis; examples are a meal after a hospitalization, during times of illness, the birth of a baby, or hosting the visitation at a funeral at the church.


Serve during church services. Torchbearers carry the candles during the processions and the crucifer carries the cross. Youth and adults are welcome to be acolytes.

Adult Forum

Adult Christian Formation class for adults which studies various topics throughout the school year; meets Sunday mornings in Sanders Hall from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Altar Guild

Prepares the altar and the elements for services and takes care of the altar linens.


The Saint David’s Christmas Bazaar raises funds for various ministries and is a great community event with items made by church members and various outside craft vendors.

Bloomin’ Onions

Typically the younger families of the church who get together periodically for social or service occasions.

Book Club

Meets on a Saturday morning once each month to discuss a book selected by the group.


Volunteers fix a simple breakfast on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. during the school year.

Children’s Worship

Begins at 9:15 a.m. in the Ann Boult Walling Children’s Chapel in the undercroft, for children of all ages. Parents are welcome to take part.


Children’s Choirs are for singers from kindergarten through sixth grade, meeting for rehearsal and dinner on Sunday evenings from 4:45 p.m. to 6:10 p.m., beginning in September, and continuing through Youth Sunday. The Adult Choir meets for rehearsal on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on a weekly basis, and sings for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service and for other special services from Rally Day through the Day of Pentecost.


The brick and stone structure outside the Sanders Hall doors where urns containing the ashes (or cremains) of cremated loved ones are interred.


Count the Sunday offering after the 10:30 a.m. service in teams of two.

Daughters of the King

A lay order for women dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism. Saint David’s DOK is the Martha and Mary of Bethany Chapter.


A 4-year program of theological education-at-a-distance for lay persons which originated at the University of the South School of Theology.

Endowment Fund

Contains donations that have been invested and which the principal will not be used. The interest is donated to missions outside the parish as voted by the Endowment Committee annually.


The Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States through which individual churches are able to assist with rebuilding after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions to chronic problems.

Eucharistic Ministers

Parishioners trained to read the lessons and assist with the Holy Eucharist during worship services.

Flo Jenkins Music Scholarship

Established in 1982 to provide assistance to students from St. David’s who wish to attend college to study music.

Flower Guild

Picks up and arranges the two altar flower arrangements for Sundays and special services such as funerals and weddings as requested. After the services are over, guild members deliver flowers from the arrangements to parishioners as specified by the rector.

Foyer Groups

Small groups who meet monthly, primarily for social occasions.

Funeral Committee

Parishioners who assist with ushering and directing visitors during a funeral.

Godly Play

The Christian formation program for children ages 3 years old – 3rd grade.


Inquirer’s Class

Sessions of classes designed to teach persons about the Episcopal Church and to prepare persons who wish to be confirmed or received by the bishop.

Laymen’s Conference

A gathering of men from the 3 diocese of Tennessee featuring speakers, recreation, and community building opportunities.


Parishioners who are trained to read the lessons during worship services.

Lenten Soup Lunch

Simple lunches provided by volunteers to provide an opportunity for community after the Wednesday noon services during Lent.

Monday Morning Bible Study

Small group setting where members study and discuss the lectionary assigned for the following Sunday. Typically they meet on Monday mornings.


Childcare is provided for all children who have not yet begun 1st grade, beginning at 9:15 a.m. during the school year and at 10:15 a.m. in the summer.

Pancake Supper

Event on Shrove Tuesday featuring pancakes, sausage, & fun games and contests.

Rally Day

Sunday in September when Christian Formation classes, breakfast, and other activities begin after the summer break.

Room in the Inn

Overnight hosting for homeless persons by area churches during the winter. Saint David’s serves dinner and breakfast and hosts the guests at Saint Luke’s Community Center on the second Saturday of each month.

Souper Sunday

Homemade soups, breads, and desserts are offered for sale annually on Super Bowl Sunday.

Sunday Lemonade & Cookies

A brief, child friendly social time after the 10:30 a.m. service in the summer.

This ‘n That Thrift Shop

West Nashville thrift shop run by volunteers to raise funds for the programs of Saint Luke’s Community Center.



Assist with worship services by handing out the bulletin before services, circulating the alms bags at the offertory, delivering the elements and the alms to the priest after the offertory, and assisting parishioners at Eucharist.


Twelve laypersons who are elected by parishioners at the Annual Parish Meeting to serve for 3 years, meeting monthly to lead the parish in its activities and to provide financial guidance and oversight.


Leaders of the Vestry elected by Vestry members at the first meeting of the year.

Wedding Guild

Assist the wedding party and the priest as per the Saint David’s wedding guidelines.

Wednesday Evening Programs

Occasional special events offered to the entire parish.

Wild Onion

The monthly church newsletter which is posted to the church website and mailed to parishioners without e-mail. Copies are also available at the church.

Youth Ministry

Worship and social programs for young people in grades 4-12.


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