The Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary
The Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary was founded in 1897 and is a Catholic society of altar servers in the Church of England supporting the objects of Forward in Faith. It seeks to deepen the spiritual life of its members and help them to become more worthy of their important office. The objects of the Guild are;
1. To raise the spiritual tone of Altar Servers
2. To promote a conscientious performance of the duties of Altar Servers.
3. To encourage a more frequent attendance at the Holy Eucharist in addition to times of duty.
It is entirely a society of lay people but welcomes Bishops, Priests and Deacons as Associate Members and non-servers as Supporter members.
Altar Servers from many parishes meet regularly (usually once a month) at their Chapter and Festivals for worship and Fellowship, often providing support for severs who may be the solitary server at their church. There are Chapters throughout England, Wales and overseas.
The Plymouth Chapter of Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. George will be celebrating its centenary in 2018. Both David Farley and Mrs. Mo Diffey are full members. We meet once a month and visit various churches in and around South Devon, Plymouth and South East Cornwall.
The Guild publishes a Server magazine every quarter and a copy is sent to members free of charge. An additional copy is always available on the shelf in the vestry, together with an application form for anyone who may be interested in joining. Our local Guild banner is currently on display at the High Altar on the opposite side to the Mother’s Union banner.
The Guild also operates a Candidates for Ordination Fund for servers who may feel called by God to seek Holy Orders. Applicants must have been a member for 3 years’.
Funds can be provided towards full or part-time training and residential or non-residential training.
For further information please visit the GSS website at: www.guild-of-servers-of-sanctuary.weebly.com
NB. The GSS should not be confused with the recently formed Company of Servers of whom Sam Snelling is the local co-ordinator.
David J. Farley