St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
315 Lindsey Street Reidsville, N.C.
The Men's Club, The Laymen of St. Thomas, is a social
group open to all adult male members of the church for Christian fellowship. Dinner
meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month in the Parish Hall.
Officers for 2008 are:
Kris Rogers, Bill Sutton, Co-Presidents
Some of our current programs and activities include:
- Coordinating and serving the weekly Coffee
in the Pipkin Parlor following the 11:00 Sunday service.
- Planning and serving the annual pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday. This
event is well attended by the whole community, and it generates funds for selected
outreach projects and for the upkeep of church grounds.
- Work days to clean up and prepare the church grounds for
special services and events.
- Volunteering as Bell
Ringers for the Salvation Army.
- Serving the Advent
& Easter Breakfasts in the Parish Hall.
- Planning & Serving the Annual
Shrimpfest (in mid-September)
||Bob Lee Watt & Chuck Rhodes
Horsley & Bill Sutton
Donecker & Richard Piazza
Tuesday Pancake Supper
||The Men's Club sponsors this
annual affair to raise funds for the upkeep of our building and grounds. We view
this as an opportunity to invite our friends in the community to join us in fun and good
food. Approximately three hundred people annually attend this event on Shrove
Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Here's a good
description of Shrove Tuesday and the tradition of pancakes from the
"Universitetsforlaget" web site:
Shorve Tuesday: Also known as Pancake Day. In the old
days the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday was the day when the priest "shrove" his
parishioners -- meaning that he heard their confessions, so that they could enter the
fasting season, Lent, with a clear conscience.
People were not allowed to eat milk, eggs or fat during Lent, and to use up all these
things they made pancakes. Traditionally the pancake is turned in the pan by tossing
it in the air. In many places this is done by women while running in a pancake race! An
ancient ceremony at Westminster School, called the Pancake Greeze, involves the cook
tossing a large pancake over a high bar before the boys scramble for it.
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