The Daughters of the King is an international order composed mainly of women in the Episcopal Church, although there are Roman Catholics and Lutherans as well. Its members have pledged themselves to a rule of life incorporating prayer, service, and evangelism. The women live ordinary lives but are more intentional than most about the observance of their baptismal vows. A required 12-week period of training and discernment gives a prospective member time to experience these elements before she makes a commitment to join the order.
There are about 600 members in this diocese, 17,000 overall, and they are recognizable by the silver Cross of the Order, which they wear habitually, or as their habit. Daughters meet in small local groups known as chapters, with a program devoted mainly to spiritual development. These women raise no money in the name of the order and take no stand on any issue.
The Daughters chapter at St. Stephen's, chartered in November 2000, has chosen the name Woman at the Well, since the purpose of the order is evangelism and this Samaritan woman is widely regarded as the first evangelist. Explanatory brochures may be found in the tract rack in the narthex, and any Daughter would be happy to discuss membership. Please contact the church office if you are interested in speaking to a member of the Woman at the Well Chapter.