Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program designed to create a theologically literate laity. As Baptized Believers, we are called to live and serve Christ. EfM is a space where we can discover more clearly what that means, and how to live into that reality. The entire EfM program takes four years to complete, but participants in EfM commit to just one year at a time. Year 1 covers the Old Testament, Year 2 covers the New Testament, Year 3 covers Church History, and Year 4 provides an overview of modern theology. There are significant scripture readings for the first two years, and participants use many of the same textbooks as would be found in a seminary education. The material can often be quite dense. Students report anywhere from 3 to 5 hours of reading in conjunction with our weekly meetings. The 2017-2018 group at St. Michael's meets on Monday nights of the academic year from approximately 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information please contact James W. Smith at (405) 833-3901.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is an Order for women in the Episcopal Church with Chapters in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and in the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America. Daughters are dedicated to prayer and service For Christ's Sake.
Daughters of the King is a vowed group of women who are pledged to service, evangelism and daily prayer. The Chapter of DOK at St. Michael's is named the Hannah Chapter, after the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. 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. Any baptized woman of at least 21 years of age in the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church (ELCA), or the Catholic Church may, after an application, approval of her rector/priest, and a period of study, reflection and discernment, take vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
Rule of Prayer
For the unity of Christ's church
For the spread of Christ's Kingdom, especially among women and girls
For God's blessing upon the members of the Order
For the spiritual growth of the parish and for the clergy of the parish to which the chapter owes allegiance
Rule of Service
To be Christ’s faithful servant in the extension of His Kingdom.
To regularly take part in the worship, study and work of the Church.
To render at all times aid to the clergy as deemed necessary for the spiritual up-building of the parish
Vision Statement 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.
Who We Are The Daughters of the King is an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, or churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.
Mission of the Order "The object of this Order shall be the extension of Christ's Kingdom through Prayer, Service, and Evangelism."
The Motto of the Order For His Sake… I am but one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do. Lord, what will you have me do?
About The Cross The emblem of the Order is in the form of a modified Greek fleury cross inscribed in Latin, Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine, the watchword of the Order, meaning "With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross." At the base of the cross are the letters "FHS," initials that stand for the Motto of the Order: "For His Sake..." The emblem, never wavering from the original design, has been trademarked for the exclusive use of the Order. The cross is worn at all times. It is customarily worn on the left side over the heart or it may be worn on a silver chain around the neck, but it is never to be worn simply as an ornament. Only a member in good standing may wear the cross of the Order, which remains the property of the Order. When a Daughter dies, her cross may be buried with her or incorporated into her memorial, otherwise, it must be returned to the National Office. (from The Daughters of the King National Handbook) Contact the church office for more information.