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The room in the church where sacred vessels, robes, hangings, and supplies are kept is called a Vestry or Sacristy. Centuries ago, English laypeople would meet in this room with the priest to review church business, hence the governing body became known as the "Vestry". The congregation elects the Vestry for three year terms and two Churchwardens are elected by the Vestry to be the chief laypersons of the Church.
Some famous Churchwardens and Vestrymen in Virginia have been George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee; all Episcopalians.
All Vestry meetings are open to regular worshipers. Parishioner comments and suggestions are welcomed at the beginning of the meeting.