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Junior Daughters of the King — by Judy Isphording

Judy Isphording presented the Ministry in a Minute last Sunday with this wonderful description of the Jr. DOK.  

On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the creation of our church. At the same time, it is very appropriate to also discuss the raising up of strong Christians and church leaders. The Junior Daughters of the King is instrumental in that development.

The Junior Daughters are a division of the Order of the Daughters of the King. They were founded in 1896 by Mary Davenport, just 10 ½ years after the start of the DOK organization.

This first chapter was taught the rule of prayer (daily prayer), and the rule of service (daily service). They elected officers, and wore small silver crosses very similar to the DOK crosses. The Junior Daughter crosses were inscribed with FHS to remind the girls that they serve For His Sake. Their aim was to draw others to Christ through the girls’ daily practice of prayer and service. Over 120 years later, we continue these same practices.

Trinity’s chapter, the “Little Flower,” was charted in May of 2014. At this first installation, there were nine very enthusiastic girls aged 7-10. Other girls in the parish were inspired by these first Junior Daughters’ joyful service and camaraderie, which has resulted in the current membership of more than 40 girls aged 7-18. Fifty or more girls are expected next year. They have now expanded to first grade through 12th grade. Installation takes place after a six-week preparation course and reaching a minimum of seven years of age. At age 16 or when they graduate from high school, the girls are eligible to transition to the DOK.

Saint Thérèse de Lisieux inspired the name for Trinity’s Little Flower chapter.  Saint Thérèse was a young French girl who lived in the late 1800s.  Although young, she had big dreams. She wanted to be a priest and a missionary. However, her fragile health limited those dreams. She wrote, “Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”

This little way of Saint Thérèse, doing small things with great love, became the foundation of her spirituality. Thérèse became a Carmelite nun when she was sixteen.

The JDOK motto was not written as a direct result of Saint Thérèse’s little way, but is certainly a reflection of it:

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?

Trinity’s Junior Daughters combine service, prayer, and fun, and lots of smiles and giggles. Some of their services and events include: leading several prayer walks, leading Stations of the Cross this year, serving at the Angel Market luncheon and decorating the Advent Tree, Greening of the Church, Mother/Daughter Retreat at Camp Allen in February, helping with the lilies at the Holy Saturday service, serving the guests at the 80+ Birthday Party, praying for parishioners and their intentions through the Prayer Tree project, and ending the year with their annual Father/Daughter ice-cream social.

They have also served individually as acolytes, members of the Junior Choir, the Bell Choir, and on the Food Truck.

By doing these small things with love, the girls are preparing to become strong Christian women with servants’ hearts, leaders both in their families and in the church.

The Junior Daughters warmly invite you to visit their table on Rally Day in August!


Judy Isphording

Former JDOK Directress