The Season of Lent in 1930 – Submitted by Jeanne Westcott

Lent in years past was observed at St. Andrew’s and St. Matthew’s Churches with a variety of activities. The Daughters of the King would spend the weeks sewing for a Lenten box or barrel which would be sent to a mission. In March, 1930, it was to be sent to St. Mary’s School, Swanee, Tennessee. The Daughters were also responsible for decorating the church for Easter and in 1930 decided to order Bermuda Lilies. They also held a supper at church following the weekly evening service.

The Rector, Rev. Henry Hale Gifford traveled to St. Thomas’ Church, Mamaroneck to speak. It was the practice for many years to have a visiting rector visit during Lent. He would come to the church, conduct a service which would always be followed by a cov-ered dish supper.

The Women’s Auxiliary also stayed busy. In 1930, they were selling stationary. The Primary Class and younger pupils in Sunday School sold “Ready Jell”. The sales were to benefit the Lenten Offering of these classes. Mrs. Gifford was in charge and offered several flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry, Wild Cherry, Lemon, Red Currant, Tutti-Frutti, Blood Orange, Loganberry, Grape, Pistachio, Orange, Pineapple Orange. Three boxes cost 25 cents. Puddings were also sold at two boxes for 25 cents.

On Ash Wednesday, the children came to church to receive ashes before school. This service would be followed by a Children’s Breakfast. This continued for many years until there were no women left who were not working outside the home.

At St. Matthew’s the visiting Rector was Thomas J. Collar of St. Peter’s, Bainbridge. They also had a social club which was open to all in the area. Ash Wednesday services were held in the evening. They also did a lot of fundraisers – having a St. Patrick’s Day supper to raise money to pay back a loan from the Diocesan Fund. The waiters were the men of the Advisory Council. The Women’s Auxiliary hosted a card party for fourteen tables at their card party – they made enough money to purchase new small tables. The Parish Hall was also used for basketball practice for both boys and girls.

These sound to us like very strange activities – selling pudding and church card parties, but they were an integral part of community life in the year 1930.

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