Flowers in great love and thanksgiving for the lives of our parents, Rev. Dr. James MacColl III and Cynthia Doyle MacColl– by Cynthia Eastlake, Louise Jones, Bob, John and Malcolm MacColl. Arrangements by Leslie Purple.
Flowers in memory of Dave Shreffler by his family. Arrangements, Anita Burke, Steve Bitterman.
Flowers in memory of Albert M. Comly Sr. by Kathy and Al Comly and family. Arrangements, Leslie Purple, Claire McKinley.
Flowers in memory of Sandra Montgomery Buck by Tom Buck. Arrangements, Beth Bartle, Karen Fox-Schneider.
Flowers in celebration of the marriage of Erica Lyn Simensen and James Revelen Hahn, in Sarasota, Florida. Arrangements, Beth Bartle, Leslie Purple.
Flowers in memory of Robert T. McKeag by Kathy & Al Comly & families. Arrangements, Pam Leighton, Karen Fox-Schneider.
Flowers in memory of the great-grandparents of Charles Patrick Serra Walsh. Arrangements, Leslie Purple, Steve Bitterman.
Flowers in loving memory of Pam Hutchinson by her husband and family. Arrangements, Chris Russell and Jean Lamason.
Dedicated to and in thanksgiving for all mothers, living and deceased. Arrangements, Jean Craig and Jean Lamanson.
Flowers in memory of Stephen M. Woodruff, M.D., by his family. Arrangements, Leslie Purple.
What We Do
Flower arranging is an art form. For Sunday floral arrangements, two members are scheduled to select the flowers and design; then create the altar arrangements– usually in memorial and remembrance of loved ones whose families and friends have provided funds for the purchase of the flowers.
At Christmas and Easter, we meet and agree upon a design and floral materials. We volunteer to gather the materials, prep the flowers, and prior to the Holy Day, gather in the sacristy, our work room, and church and spend most of the day arranging beautiful blooms into artful displays glorifying the Lord. Flowers are part of the most joyous and saddest moments of life, from birth and weddings to illness and death. Symbols of vitality, fresh flowers provide inspiration, hope and comfort to the giver and the receiver, and sometimes express emotions that words cannot convey.
If you wish to honor a family member or friend, the flowers can be given in celebration or remembrance for occasions such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation, baptism, in memorial. You may consider such an occasion any given Sunday during the year at the cost of $75 for a beautiful specially-designed fresh flower altar display. Easter and Christmas memorial and remembrances are available at whatever donation you wish to make. Those holiday opportunities are announced in church, online and in Sunday leaflets. Floral name recognition is made in the Sunday leaflet and spoken during the Prayers of the People. After the service the flowers are removed from the altar, rearranged in vases and delivered to parishioners who can use a little cheer.
We thank you for the generous donations to the Flower Guild so that we may continue to provide the weekly altar flowers and enhance the beauty of the St. Thomas’ campus. If you would like to arrange for a Sunday floral tribute, or if you have any questions, please call Lynne Englebreth at 215-628-2722 or email Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flowers in Spiritual Places
Throughout the ages flowers have been an important part of many of the world’s religions. In ancient Egypt large floral displays were popular offerings to the gods. In Medieval times, flowers were used in monasteries to ward off spirits, and floral art adorned the margins of illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows. In the Renaissance, flowers depicted religious art. The Victorian era established the use of flowers in daily life, and floral design was taught for home and church. Greek, Dutch, Asian and French cultures also contributed floral designs which are sometimes the basis of present day arrangements in churches, synagogues and other places of worship.
The use of flowers in spiritual places has evolved. Floral art has always reflected the period of time in which it was created. In considering the use of contemporary floral design in a traditional church setting, it may be helpful to consider choral/church music selections. We sing contemporary music from 20th century composers, and with equal appreciation, more traditional music from the 16th, 17th and 18 centuries. The same with floral designs, classics to contemporary – they can add a dynamic to the worship. We want the liturgy to move with us through our lives – so, too, the altar flowers. The St. Thomas’ Flower Guild is dedicated to this mission.