Social Justice Outreach St Aidan's is active in supporting social justice oriented outreach in our community in word, in deed, and in dollars.
St Aidan's Outreach Committee meets monthly to take a leadership role in engaging individuals and organizations in the community working for social justice at various levels. We invite them to come to St Aidan's to speak, share their story, and when/where possible, partner with them in education, action, or financial support.
Areas of Social Justice and Organizations we support or partner with:
The Brigid Collins Family Support Center -- Dedicated to ending child abuse by protecting & building strong families.
The Camano Center - Adult Day Program -- A break for care givers and care receivers
Foundation for Academic Endeavors - Summer Academy -- Creating opportunities for academic and cultural equality
The Resource Center -- Administering and cultivating programs that foster a healthy community
The Resource Center - Davis Place Teen Center -- A safe after-school & summer destination for middle and high school age youth. Teens can get help with their homework, hang out with friends, eat a healthy meal & take a free class
Safe Harbor Free Clinic -- Healing and Hope for the hurting. All individuals have access to free, professional healthcare services regardless of circumstances.
Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services -- Working to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community through empowerment, advocacy, education, awareness and action for social change.
The SPOT - Youth for Christ -- Working to see the lives of every under-resourced youth in King, Snohomish (and Island) counties transformed through the love and hope of Jesus Christ.
Stanwood-Camano Food Bank -- Providing resources and connections to alleviate hunger and meet the basic needs of individuals and families in our community.
Stanwood-Camano School District -- Support funds go to the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank to be used for the School District's Weekend Backpack Food Program.
The Caring Place - New & Gently Used Coats & Shoes donations
Mission to Seafarers - Ditty Bag Program
St Aidan's also participates in The Gathering Place community feeding program every 5th Thursday throughout the year.
Our annual "Summer Festival" rummage sale and silent auction raises several thousand dollars, which is sent on to organizations supporting outreach and social justice work in our community.
Worship Committee The Worship Committee is a lively team of characters who love to worship! They meet monthly to help develop and advance our worship in meaningful ways. They think through established practices that are working, established practices that aren't working, introduce new ideas and things to try in the upcoming season(s), and act as a counsel of advice for the Vicar who has the job of coordinating the worship liturgy and presiding at services. The work the Worship Committee does is vital to a church that is always seeking to grow, expand and deepen its faith by being formed by God in the act of prayer. If you are someone who loves to worship and has a creative bent, Worship Committee might be just the right ministry for you!
Music Music at St. Aidan’s is God focused and inspiring. Sunday morning at the 10:00 am service, classical, canticles, or contemporary music adorns the Rite II service. As professionally trained musicians, the choir director and the pianist/organist, use their talents and expertise to lead the congregation and the choir. The choir director works closely with the priest in choosing music that supports the themes of the day. Choir festivals add opportunities for singing God’s praises and enjoying fellowship.St. Aidan’s hosts the Stanwood-Camano Messiah sing-along each year, inviting local artists to perform in the orchestra or sing solos. To join the choir contact the office, email Steve Jensen, the Music Director, or just ask anyone in the choir - they'd love to have you.
Helping Hands Helping Hands is pastoral ministry. It meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday, right after the 10:00 am midweek service. HH sends greeting cards with prayers for healing, or encouragement, or thanksgivings, or welcome new members. We also help give rides to appointments and events for those who can't drive, referrals and assistance to community resources for those who need it, home-made meals and treats for shut-ins, friendly phone calls, prayer support, and home/hospital visits. We also host receptions following the twice-yearly services to welcome new members to St. Aidan’s and have an annual plant sale to raise money for special needs at St. Aidan’s. All members take on various duties that hopefully strengthen our St. Aidan’s congregation and are helpful in the community. Helping Hands supports Caring Connection, as well as the rotating dinner groups that are held January through June for members to become acquainted with one another.
Care Ministry The mission of the Care Ministry is to nurture an inclusive, caring atmosphere within the congregation by connecting members in a supportive way to each other. The work of the Care Ministry is to provide a format for trained members of the congregation to form a Care Ministry team with each taking turns being "on call" for a week to respond to opportunities to care for other members - phoning them after a visit to the hospital, cook a meal for members who are shut-in or recovering at home, help provide transportation to doctors appointments, and many other such things that may support people in their time of need, so that to the extent possible, nobody is forgotten. Those on the Care Ministry team have the ministry of being the eyes and ears and hands of Christ for the care of others in the community. Care Ministry operates under the umbrella of Helping Hands. Contact Dorothy Armstrong to get connected, or call the church office.
Prayer Shawl Ministry The mission of this ministry is to bring comfort and God’s love to those suffering from illness or loss by gifting a knitted or crocheted prayer shawl, prayer scarf or prayer square. They also knit and crochet leis to greet guests and for choir members. Approximately ten members meet on the 4th Saturday of the month.
Women of St. Aidan’s The Women of St. Aidan’s is open to all women and meet on the second Wednesday of the month after the 10:00 am service, February through June, then again September through December.Their ministry includes many projects throughout the year which begins by preparing and serving the Agape dinner and the Easter Vigil champagne reception. Special occasions, including memorials and receptions following burial services, receive their faithful attention. They also send cards to those needing prayers and encouragement.There are many fundraisers to meet the physical needs of St. Aidan’s, such as providing the pews for the church, helping with the renovation of the porch, assisting with the summer festival, helping to raise money for Diocesan projects, and providing tables, tablecloths and chairs for the parish hall. Another part of their ministry is answering God’s call to serve others and that is through the Gathering Place at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Stanwood which helps feed the hungry. There are 15 men and women who volunteer to provide the meals for 75-80 people four times a year.At Christmas each year, the Women of St. Aidan’s takes part in gifting to Hispanic families of La Iglesia Episcopal De La Resurreccione in Mount Vernon. The names and ages of children from each family are given to various churches in the area and the Women of St. Aidan’s volunteer to provide a gift of clothes, a game or book, and a gift certificate to the family for Christmas dinner. We are then invited to participate in the Christmas service and see the joy of giving and receiving on the faces of the children and their families. In addition, each year volunteers from St. Aidan’s participates in purchasing needed items for each class and fill the backpacks for the children. It is truly an example of God’s love in action!The congregation of St. Aidan’s always answers God’s call to serve others and provides the needs for our church and the Women of St. Aidan’s are most willing to meet this call. Whether it is the annual bake sale and mini bazaar in December or wonderful raffle items, it gets done.
Flower Guild The purpose of this ministry is to enhance the worship environment for services. Approximately six ladies arrange flowers for the sanctuary for various services, including memorial services and weddings when asked. Donations are given for memorials and thanksgivings and many flowers are donated by the parishioners.
Altar Guild The Altar Guild is a ministry of service to the Glory of God, our clergy and a ministry to one another. The responsibilities are setting up and taking down for the worship services. In addition, they assist with special services during Advent and Lent, as well as setting up for baptisms, weddings and funerals. The Altar Guild is comprised of four teams of three people and the teams serve one month at a time. The care of the linens and vestments, the care of the altar and sanctuary, and ordering supplies are also their responsibilities.
Cursillo Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning “Course.” It is a three-day short course in Christianity and is a time for discovery, inspiration and new vision. Also, it is a time for new friendships and a deepened relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ who will be present to you during this weekend. One emphasis is make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ. Cursillo is a time to explore our understanding of God’s Grace and to experience that Grace in community with others. The purpose of this weekend is to discover how God is at work in our life and in the world around us.The Episcopal Cursillo is sponsored by the Diocese of Olympia twice a year and has recently become a co-ed weekend with both men and women attending the same Cursillo. There are over 40 members at St. Aidan’s who have attended a Cursillo.