A FLOWER GUILD’S MINISTRY: EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

Over the Easter weekend, I was invited by my  friend and fellow Botanica Garden Club member, Nelda Northcutt, to see the gifted  members of the Flower Guild at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity here in historic downtown Dothan prepare their gorgeous church for the Easter celebration.  The members are multi-talented, and many have been using their gifts here for many years. What a delight to see them with their freshly gathered containers of  lush spring flowers!   Utilizing these and flowers from a wholesale florist, they created many artistic floral arrangements throughout the church’s parish hall and the sanctuary.  This English country style Gothic church, built in 1962, actually needs little in the way of adornment.  The breath-taking stained glass windows, commissioned by Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios, are a worship experience in themselves!  The exquisite scenes beautifully portray the life of Christ.

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Below are photographs  from the expansive, light filled parish hall.  A large central urn in the serving area along with smaller rustic urns on spring inspired themed tables welcome church members to the festive celebration.

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The mass arrangement below below creates a dramatic accent in the serving area.

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The Flower Guild is directly involved in Sunday worship services as well as special celebrations and weddings.  It was inspiring to watch them masterfully create spring arrangements of lilies, roses, Delphinium, daisies and   in virtually every area of the sanctuary the Saturday before Easter.

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On Easter Sunday,  the  “flowering” of the cross is a time honored tradition here.

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The ministries  of the  Episcopal Church of the Nativity have served its members and the surrounding community for over a century. 

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“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”

                                                                                                                                       Robert Flatt

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