The Laymen's Club
The Laymen's Club of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, composed of women and men who are lay supporters and volunteers, was founded in 1908.
Its purpose is fourfold:
- To strengthen the Cathedral as a vital spiritual community in the diocese, city, nation and world
- To foster a spiritual fellowship among lay women and men who volunteer at the Cathedral or are otherwise dedicated to advancing the Cathedral's mission
- To interpret, celebrate, and support Cathedral arts, architecture, history, and outreach
- To continue working toward the completion of the Cathedral's Pilgrims' Pavement and keep faith in the vision of a completed Cathedral
Since 1908, the members of the Laymen’s Club have been dedicated to bringing the Cathedral’s mission and work to the awareness of the many communities it serves. In addition to sponsoring capital improvement projects for the Cathedral, the Club sponsors lectures on subjects relating to the construction, mission, and the role of cathedrals throughout history, and provides opportunities for fellowship for its members.
The Laymen's Club has been an active and supportive group for over a century, contributing to a variety of programs and initiative around the Cathedral including:
- providing the Pilgrims Pavement and other distinctive bronze medallions
- publishing guidebooks for the Cathedral
- sponsoring annual lectures
- hosting visiting groups
- providing help, such as ushering, during holidays and special Cathedral services
- establishing the Cathedral Shop
- financing the Cathedral's many social services, including the Soup Kitchen
- supporting the construction and maintenance of the Cathedral
The Club earnestly works to archive the Cathedral's decorated history, compiling informative resources that will ensure the Cathedral's legacy. These resources include a detailed chronology of the Cathedral's 130 years, a history of the Cathedral's architecture and construction, and a history of the Cathedral's Great Organ.
The Laymen's Club offers individuals a way to become part of a fellowship of people who believe in the Cathedral and its future. As opposed to just donating financially, it offers direct participation with other lay people in the growth and preservation of this remarkable world treasure. Rather than being a spectator, it offers the hands-on opportunity to live out our values.
Your continued membership in The Laymen's Club gives us the energy we need to do our work in supporting the mission and programs of St. John the Divine. Your annual dues help to make our dreams a reality.