"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." -Luke 15:20
There is something about picking people up at the airport. Recently my wife and kids went away for a weekend trip. It was only a few days but seeing them coming down the escalator was enough to make this Daddy's heart melt. Have you notice there is a different kind of smile that washes over someone's face when they see someone they love and miss.
I think about this a lot at church over the summer. People are in and out with vacations, trips, camps, mission trips, VBS all kinds of stuff. Which means we get a chance to miss each other. Even though the pews are a little less full of people during the summer they are brimming with homecoming.
This joyful homecoming also makes me think of our relationship with God. The quote above is from the parable of the prodigal son. Before the wayward young man has a chance to apologize for his wrongs the father runs to greet him with a big hug. This is how God is with us. I like to think of God running with joy to greet us every time we bend our knees in prayer or every time we step into worship.
1. When have you experienced this kind of joyful greeting?
2. What do you think about the idea that God runs to you with a big hug every time you pray or come to church?
3. Have you ever been afraid to come to God or church?
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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. 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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Houston Astros Episcopal Night - Presented by the Episcopal Diocese
Friday July 13th- Astros vs Tigers First Pitch 7:10pm
Pregame Cookout Event at Christ Church Cathedral starts at 5pm then everyone will head to the ballpark around 6:30 pm. Free parking at the Cathedral's parking Garage.
Episcopal Group Tickets $36 each.
Please RSVP to Heather Arnold via TEXT 832-545-7723
Please pay by check written to St Aidan's indicating baseball or pay via the Tithe.ly App, using All Church Events Giving type.
All payments due by June 13th to reserve the seats.
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!
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.
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.
June 9: Service project, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBA
June 17: 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.
Click Here to Register
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.
Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. and class will end at 10:15 a.m. with each class beginning in the classrooms as marked below. Prek-6th grade is digging deeper into the Bible with a curriculum called Dig In! They are learning and understanding the stories and concepts in the Bible through interactive lessons. 7th-8th grade are using re:form which fosters a greater understanding of the Bible, discipleship, our beliefs, and some tough questions through activities and conversation. Please contact Taylor Durr with any questions you may have.
Prek-1st grade= classroom 2, yellow door on the left
2nd-3rd grade= classroom 3, 1st orange door
4th-6th grade= classroom 4, 2nd orange door
7th-8th grade= office, 2nd blue door
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