Flower Guild

We welcome anyone who would like to join our ranks. Please call Allen Braithwaite at 805-745-5533, or the church office at 805-687-0754. Our current members are Gena-Vera Niblack, Virginia Hankins, Allen Braithwaite, Anne Braithwaite, Jeanne Goodall, and George Goodall.

Placing fresh flowers on our church was begun by Peggy Fowler in the late 1940’s on Easter and Christmas as a memorial to her son, James Fowler, who lost his life during World War II at Rabaul. Mrs. Fowler’s daughter, Barbara Ralston, and Margaret Pierce continued the tradition and today, Mrs. Ralston’s two sons assist in placing the floral decorations at Easter.

In 1988 Barbara and George Goodall contributed the wooden planters in the Narthex, which were made to match the wooden chest upon which the platters were placed. The platters were given in memory of Barbara’s parents. At that time, Barbara organized the Flower Guild of the church with the purpose of arranging beautiful flowers throughout the church. Barbara Ralston worked with Barbara Goodall for a couple of years, and since then, various members of the congregation have assisted Barbara with the flowers. During the years, the Goodalls contributed a great many flowers and greenery to the Flower Guild. Members of the church brought flowers from their own gardens to help with the project. Barbara since has gone on to meet her Savior. George, with his connections and experience as a Gerbera Daisy grower, has continued to obtain favorable prices for flowers from the wholesale nurseries.

The Flower Guild currently provides flowering plants for the Narthex flower boxes, arranges the flowers in the chancel through membership solicitations, and earns money by fundraising projects such as church plays, written and directed by Anne Braithwaite. Guild members also make flower arrangements as requested by Deacons and others to take to those who are homebound or shut-in.