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Stewardess Boards I-IV

To Aid in fostering the spiritual development of the congregation through preparation of the Holy Communion and the Holy Baptism elements and implements when assigned.

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Composition and Duties of the Stewardesses

The Pastor in charge may nominate one or more Boards of Stewardesses, according to the size of the local church. The persons nominated shall be in good and regular standing in the local church and of good character. The Pastor in charge shall submit the nominations to the Stewards, who shall either confirm or reject them. Confirmed Stewardesses shall be held responsible for their duties by the Stewards.

The main functions of the Stewardesses are to assist the Stewards in the discharge of their duties relative to the ritual of baptism and the Lord’s Supper:

  • To provide the implements and elements of the Holy Communion and Holy Baptism
    - Prepare the bread itself as a service of love and devotion rather than purchase it.
    - Make adequate preparations for all baptisms. Where there is not a baptismal font, they provide a basin of water, clean white linen towels, and such other items as may be required.
  • To dress the pulpit and altar rail with suitable clean white coverings for these rituals. The linen used for the table should always be white and perfectly clean.

Quoted from The Book of Discipline of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2012. Published by Order of the Forty-Ninth General Conference Held in Nashville, TN. June 27- July 4, 2012. p66.