BAPTISM is the ritual through which God claims us as his own, connects us to a world wide community of Christians and sends us into the world in the Christian way and life. The Christian way is the way of Jesus. It's a life committed to peace, justice, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and respect for the dignity of every human being, and the rest of creation too. Baptism has strong symbols and images that tell us what Baptism is really all about. The act of going down into the water and coming up again proclaims that we've died with Christ and are risen to new life in Christ, and like the Israelites at the Red Sea, passing through deep waters to liberation and freedom.
At St. Aidan's we offer baptism on major Feast Days designated in The Book of Common Prayer: The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (mid-January), Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter Sunday), The Feast of Pentecost (fifty days after Easter), and The Feast of All Saints (November 1). We also baptize on our patronal festival, the feast of Saint Aidan (last Sunday of August).
Those interested in baptized or having their children baptized attend a class on baptism with the vicar, which covers in some detail the meaning of baptism, its symbols and its commitments, and how we do baptisms at St. Aidan's. For information about these classes, contact Father Drew Foisie.
MARRIAGE Marriage is the rite through which a man and a woman enter into a life-long union, by making their vows before God, their families and the Church, and receiving the grace and blessing of God to fulfill their vows. Typically at St. Aidan’s we host and officiate the marriages of people who are either current members or intend to make this church their home. But in certain circumstances exceptions are made. Contact Father Drew Foisie if you want to be married at St Aidan's.
EUCHARIST “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. The Eucharist, or the Mass, is the event when Christians become grounded in a life of thankfulness for all that God has done for us. At the Holy Eucharist we come together, hear Scripture and a sermon, share a meal and experience community with others through a loving God in the person of Jesus. Through the Eucharist we gain strength for our lives and participate in the pattern of all Christian life: letting go and turning our lives over to God to be used in service to the world. Baptized Christians of all ages or denominations are welcome to participate in and receive communion at St. Aidan’s. We celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. (no music) and 10:00 a.m. (with music). We also offer Eucharist during the week on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 in the church.
BURIALThe liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn." ~Book of Common Prayer, 507
The funeral or Burial Rite is properly hosted in the Church. The liturgy is not a "ceremony," but a celebration and worship to God in thanksgiving for the life of the loved one we are remembering. It draws on readings appropriate to the occasion and usually includes Holy Communion. At St. Aidan’s, in addition to the funeral, we offer parishioners and families of parishioners the choice of the burial of a loved one’s ashes in our wall columbarium in the church sanctuary.
We encourage church members to plan their funerals well in advance of any need to do so. To start this process, email the church office for a funeral planning form. Once complete, the church office will keep these forms on file for you. If you would like to discuss liturgy and music options with a priest, please contact the church office to coordinate a time to meet with the vicar.
HEALING The sacramental rite of unction is the ritual in which those who are sick receive the laying on of hands, anointing with consecrated oil, and prayer for God’s grace to be given to them for healing of spirit, mind and body. At St. Aidan’s we offer the laying on of hands and anointing with oil during our Wednesday morning 10:00 AM service held in our sanctuary.
RITE of RECONCILIATION The Rite of Reconciliation is sometimes called Confession. In it a person confesses his or her sins to God in the presence of a priest and receives assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. Some participate in this rite on a regular basis and others choose to participate in this rite seasonally (during Advent and Lent or other special times). To schedule a time to use the Rite of Reconciliation, contact Father Drew Foisie.
CONFIRMATION Confirmation is the ritual through which people express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. To prepare for the rite of Confirmation, or the rite of Reception into the Episcopal Church from another tradition, people typically participate in one of our Inquirers’ classes, a newcomers' class, or meet with the vicar. It's a great way to learn more about the Episcopal Church, St. Aidan’s Church, the Diocese of Olympia (the Episcopal Church in Western Washington), and the Christian faith. To learn more about being Confirmed or Received, contact Father Drew Foisie.
ORDINATION In the rite of ordination God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to men and women who are being made bishops, priest and deacons, through prayer and the laying of hands by bishops.
Sunday Service Times: 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I** 10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II; Education Hour: 9:20 a.m. Dietel Hall (parish hall) Child Care available 9:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday Service: Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 10:00 a.m. with prayer and anointing for healing available