The Order of the Daughters of the King®
Members of the Order of the Daughters of the King® are women and girls who are at least seven years old 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.
The Assembly of Daughters of the King in Upper South Carolina
There are 39 senior chapters in the diocese; 38 are Episcopalian and one is Lutheran. 20 Daughters At Large attend churches without chapters; some are Anglican or Roman Catholic. Total membership is 568 women. There is one active Junior Daughters chapter with 5 members. Most chapters meet once a month for communal prayers, study and service. The Diocesan Assembly meets twice a year, a retreat in the spring and a meeting in the fall. All interested women are welcome to attend assembly retreats and meetings to learn more about the order. Three or more women in a parish, mission or diocesan institution may form a chapter.
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.
Women of All Ages
Membership in the Order is open to women at every stage of life. The diversity of different ages strengthens and enriches our adult, or senior, Daughters of the King chapters. Younger women benefit from the discipleship of experienced spiritual mentors, and older women are invigorated by the fresh faith and energy of youth. Many senior chapters help spread the Kingdom to the next generation by sponsoring and supporting a Junior Daughters of the King chapter at their churches.
Junior Daughters of the King
Junior Daughters are young women and girls from 7 to 21 years of age, who make a promise to pray daily and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Membership is extended to all baptized girls, regardless of denomination. Junior Daughters meet in chapters of three or more girls, under the guidance of a senior Daughter who serves as Directress. Upon admission, Junior Daughters receive a silver Greek fleury cross with the initials FHS, For His Sake, as a symbol of their promise of daily prayer and service.