"Let heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it." Psalm 96:11
This week my family and I are off on vacation in Oregon. I love Oregon beaches. I always have ever since I was a little kid. They aren't like beaches that most people think of. There isn't really sand, mainly rocks and people don't really swim. But I have this memory of walking along the beach with my Dad. He would skip stones on the water and I would just toss them as far as I could throw.
As I have gotten older I have found a spiritual practice in it. For every stone I name a blessing or a prayer before I plop it into the ocean. I like the image because sometimes I tell myself that it isn't worthwhile to pray or even to do good deeds because my concerns or my power is so small compare to the ocean of the world's blessings and problems. Then I remember how compelling it was for me as a child. It was like every rock on the beach needed to be in the water and I was just helping it get there. So it is with our prayers and so it is with our service. They long to be with God and it is our childlike joy to reunite them.
I also like this practice because it makes me see the world differently. The ocean is held up by all these small stones. My blessings, my concerns may seem small compared to the ocean of the world's problems but think about all of the little prayers that people everywhere give to God. Our life, our very reality is held up by so many of these prayers. I think that is beautiful. It is a reminder that while I can't do everything, with God's help I can do what is put before me.
- Name 10 things you are grateful for.
- Name 5 things you want to ask God for.
- How does the practice of naming thanksgivings and intercessions change your personal outlook?
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VBS Registration Open Until July 1st
Take an adventure with us for an exciting and adventurous week, July 9-13 at VBS! Our theme this year is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Kids will learn what it means that Jesus carries us and is with us through life's storms.
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BBB Returns -
Wednesday June 20th 6:30 -8:30 PM
Papa Charlie's Cypress Trail Hide Out
This summer we will have a serious of gatherings to eat dinner, enjoy each other's company, and have a casual chat about the bible and spirituality. Our first gathering will be at Papa Charlie's Cypress Trail Hide Out click here for website, so while this has been Burgers, Beer and Bible this time at least you can join us for Barbecue, Beer and Bible. We will start to gather at 6:30 conversation starts at 7. Please RSVP to Rev. Les so we know how many seats to have at the table!
VBS Wish list
The VBS Donation board is up!
We need construction paper, plastic tablecloths, command strips, and beach balls to name a few
Please take a card from Narthex to help us cover all of our VBS supplies.
Please return it no later than June 24th
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Durr
St. Aidan's Seniors' (SAS) next adventure is a field trip on Saturday, June 16, 2018.
We will tour the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Field and the Railean Distillery in San Leon. Lunch will be at the Top Water Grill, which is directly on the water and has a marvelous view. To sign up for this field trip, please contact Jean Dick at 281-309-6669 (cell), 281-304-1942 (home) or email email@example.com or sign the sign-up sheet in the church narthex on Sunday.
Special Adult/Youth Sunday School: Growing Young
July 22nd 9:15-10:15 Meeting Room
We are honored to have a special guest preacher and presenter on July 22nd. Jamie Martin-Currie is the Missioner for Christian Formation and has long tradition of supporting Churches as they integrate, teach, and support Children and Youth in their Christian faith. Join us for her special presentation on creating a church culture that integrates, empowers and supports youth in their faith.
Mission Trip Sunday June 29th
Our middle and high school youth will be returning from their mission trip on June 29. Join us on July 1 at the 10:30 service to hear some of our youth talk about their experiences from mission trip. It is always impactful hearing our youth talk about their faith, what their faith looks like in action, and how they see the world with their faith.
You don't want to miss this!
Adult Sunday School
Sundays 9:15-10:15, Church Kitchen
Will continue through the summer, but we will be meeting in the Kitchen. Join us for spiritual conversation between the services every week staring the May 20th.
Friday Bible Study
Fridays, 10-11:15 AM, Church Office
Join Rev. Les every Friday for a Bible study. It is helpful if you let him know you are coming. All are welcome.
CASA Games Night
June 16, 5:30-8:30.
Bring your bodies, some food to share, and a game or two to play. Enjoy fellowship and laughter while playing board games.
Do you have about 2 hours a month to help keep your church grounds looking beautiful? If so, SALSA (Saint Aidan's Lawn Service Associates) needs you! If you are interested and able to serve your church in this fun ministry, we are looking for teens and adults to join the effort. Please call or text Dave Lancaster @ 252-626-7326!
Looking for summer camps? Camp Allen has both children and adult camps. Check out their website for full details. Click here
New Options for Online Giving!
Set up a recurring online bill pay with your bank. All you need is the church's name and address and you can set up your pledge payments to go out with no fees at all. (Saint Aidans Episcopal Church Cypress Texas, 13131 Fry Road, Cypress. TX 77433-3339)
Download the Tithe.ly (that is not a typo it is how it is spelled) app from your android or apple appstore. You can set up an easy giving profile and you can give from a credit card, debit card, or directly from your bank account. There are some fees associated with this service, but you can select to pay for the fees yourself if you like. You can also set up and track recurring giving through the app.
We have registered Saint Aidan's on Smile/Amazon. Please find link
Once you have linked your Amazon account there will be a donation to support Saint Aidan's with every purchase you make at no extra cost to you.
Opportunities to Serve
We are looking to expand our ranks of volunteers around worship. There are training videos now available on our website under the action tab (Liturgical Training Videos) where you can scope out what is like to be an acolyte or chalicer. One of the things we could really use help with is our sound booth. Contact
if you are interested.
No youth group, Happy Father's Day!
June 24-29: Mission Trip
July 8: Vacation Bible School set up after 10:30 service
July 9-13: Vacation Bible School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Children and Youth Sunday School are on break for the summer and resume in the Fall.
VBS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!
Take an adventure with us for an exciting and adventurous week, July 9-13 at VBS! Early registration is March 1-April 22, costing $20.00. Regular registration is April 23-June 16, costing $30.00.
Registration can be found at aidanschurch.org.
Our theme this year is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Kids will learn what it means that Jesus carries us and is with us through life's storms.
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Children's Chapel is available at our 10:30 service. It is a place for children to worship in the traditions of our faith but in a way that's geared towards Pre K - 3rd grade. A procession will guide the children to the chapel in the beginning of the service and the kids rejoin their families for Communion.
We have a great group of youth. Warm inviting and impressive. They generally meet Sunday nights from 12-1-30 pm, but check the schedule to the left.
Traditional Worship 8:00 am
Traditional Worship with Contemporary Music 10:30 am
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Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church
13131 Fry Road
Cypress, TX 77433