The Epistle
July 21, 2021

Dear St. Aidan’s family,

There is a question we ask every child before they cross the threshold of a Godly Play room – and, in truth, teachers and leaders ask it of themselves first. The question is this:
“Are you ready?”

It’s not a rhetorical question. We really want to be sure that each of us is fully present for the important encounters with God, one another, and the stories that we are about to enter. Sometimes a child needs to take a few extra minutes to slow down and catch their breath, and the teacher supports them in that effort.

Now, let’s ask ourselves and one another: “Are we ready?”

If you have been back to our church grounds, gardens, or buildings lately, you have seen signs of getting ready for our next chapter. Painting, cleanup, more cars in the parking lot; and Sundays look more and more the way you remember them! Our hope is that by our Homecoming Day on September 12, most of our congregation will be able to gather for worship, fellowship, and a fresh start.

This will be an exciting year for St. Aidan’s, as the process of seeking and selecting a permanent rector moves forward, and as we emerge from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and I look forward to seeing you back at church. Are you ready?

The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales
Interim Rector
Vestry Update
One more opening to fill for unexpired term remains (the term expires in 2023). If you are interested in serving in this important leadership role, please let Rev. Rosemary know.
St. Aidan’s Celtic Cross
We have 2 dozen brick orders ready to place!

We are excited that the new
St. Aidan’s cross is almost complete. 
To make our new cross a focal point of our property, we will surround it with personalized bricks, similar to the bricks located around the fire pit area. 
If you would like to sponsor a brick for your family or a loved one, fill out the postcard that you have received in the mail. We will also have extra forms available in the Narthex. The cost per brick is $100 and it allows up to 3 lines per brick (16 characters maximum per line). Orders are due by Sunday, Aug. 15th. A dedication ceremony will be scheduled once our brick circle is complete.
Thank you!
Looking Ahead
Save the date! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 1 and join us for a reception following the morning service for Ted Renaud, who will begin classes soon at Virginia Theological Seminary. We will continue to be Ted's "home parish" and support him in his journey toward ordination. We are happy to say that Ellen, Kyra and Chloe will continue as active members hereWe will also be collecting funds to give Ted a head start on the books and supplies he'll need in seminary and beyond. Checks should be made out to St Aidan's with "Ted Renaud" in the memo line. Contact Kathy Seikel or Carol Horn with any questions. Thank you.

Godly Play Training in August. Dates to be determined.....stay tuned.
*UPDATE....Crabfest, Saturday, Sept 4th from 6-8pm.
Stay tuned for more details.
Oktoberfest, Saturday,
Oct 2nd from 4-7pm.
More details to follow.
Capital Campaign Refresh
Under the extraordinary leadership of Jonathan Phinney and Mike Brynczak, the ceiling in White Hall is being repaired and the entire room is getting a much-needed coat of paint.  Hearty thanks to members of our parish who generously donated their time toward this effort:  Mike, Jonathan, Matt, Kathy, Carl, Ted B, Mary Jane, Deb, and Elizabeth.  

One of the goals of the Capital Campaign was to strengthen our sense of community by parishioners coming together to work on projects in and around our buildings and grounds.  The fellowship and camaraderie
was evident as people engaged in conversation, learned more
about each other and strengthened their connection to
each other and to St. Aidan’s in the process. 

Here is the link to tell us where and when YOU can help get St. Aidan's buildings and grounds ready for our next chapter. Thank you.
Links for Birthdays and Anniversaries
If you are not yet attending morning worship in person and would like your birthdays &/or anniversaries to be remembered, please use this link to let us know.
Send your requests to the office by Friday morning. Thank you!

Sacred Ground
Have you signed up yet?

We invite you to join in Sacred Ground, a curriculum that calls us to read, watch and learn about the history of race and racism in America. In six sessions two weeks apart this fall, we will explore together an online curriculum that focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino and Asian/Pacific Americans as their histories intersect with European American history, and the impact of it all on our world today. 

At home, we will watch documentaries and read articles to help inform us. We will then gather in person for conversations that help us peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day—all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love. 

The Episcopal Church and Katrina Browne (the director of the documentary Traces of the Trade ) have developed this amazing series, which has been especially designed to help white people talk with other white people about the history of race in America. The series is part of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community which is its long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice.
At St. Aidan’s Sanctuary
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sept. 12, 26
October 10, 24
November 7, 21
4 of our 20 slots are filled

Sponsored by the Social Justice committee and the Center for Spiritual Deepening
Children and Youth Formation
We Need YOU!
Youth and family programming is planned to resume its normal schedule after Labor Day (Godly Play for ages 3-1st grade and EYOA for 2nd-5th grades on Sundays at 9:30; EYC for 6th-12th grade twice a month on Sunday evenings.) Volunteers are vital to maintaining programming each week. No experience? No problem! No time to prep? No problem! We will provide training and lesson plans each week. Contact Rebecca if you are interested in helping with any of these groups.
Youth and Family events will be offered once a month during the summer. Come out and celebrate summer with warm weather games and activities! All events are planned to take place outdoors. In the case of inclement weather, they will be moved indoors and notification of a change will be via Facebook and email.
Family Game Days (PreK-5th Gr., parents encouraged to attend): 12-1pm
Sunday, August 15

EYC (Gr. 6-12): 7-8:30pm
Friday, August 13 - Wear clothes that can get dirty
Flower Ministry

Providing floral arrangements or donations for flowers is a generous way to remember a loved one or give thanks for a blessing.
Your dedication will be noted in the bulletin. You are welcome to either create an arrangement or donate money for purchased flowers. Only through your generosity will we have flowers on the altar. Thank you.

Community Outreach
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED OUTREACH! The Outreach Committee greatly appreciates the ongoing efforts of the St. Aidan’s community to provide food for those in need. As food is collected, volunteers will take it to Rising Hope which serves many families along the Route 1 corridor in our area. They have asked for canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal and diapers in all sizes. *Besides the non perishables they have also requested the need for toiletries and feminine products (specifically deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste & sanitary napkins).
From the Treasurer
Thanks to all who support St. Aidan's in so many ways! Here is our Pledge Link if you would still like to donate

Your support makes so many good things happen at St. Aidan's and beyond.

Total annual pledge budget through end of June - $131,550
Received through June 17 - $91,463
Thank You for your support of this amazing community!
We are happy to report we now have a Make a Donation here button on the St Aidan's website. You will find the Donate button on
the Giving page under the Pledge button.
We still encourage parishioners to Pledge so our budget
can be planned in advance but this new format gives us all options.
Thank you.
We worship in person and virtually on Sundays at 9:30 am and
5:30 pm (Celtic style). We also offer evening prayer at 7:00 pm 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday during July (virtual only). 
You are always welcome at St. Aidan's, wherever you may be on your faith journey.

Service Links
If you are not receiving our separate mailing each week with links for worship gatherings and would like to be added to that list, simply reach out to the office and let us know. Those links are sent out on Saturday.
St. Aidan's
St. Aidan's has been serving the Stratford Landing area & beyond since 1963.
We worship in person and virtually on Sundays at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm (Celtic). We also offer evening prayer every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 pm (virtual only) in July. You are always welcome at St. Aidan's, wherever you may be on your faith journey.
Some Helpful Links:
The Center for Spiritual Deepening at St. Aidan's supports the soul and heart work of those seeking a deeper sense of God's presence in their lives. Check out the Center and its offerings Here.