We often carry heavy burdens and the world around us can sometimes leave us feeling more anxious than loving or peaceful. Having a place to find rest, to connect with the truest and deepest parts of ourselves, and to practice Jesus’ way of love gives us the strength we need for the journey God has for each of us.
No matter who you are, or where you are on the journey of faith, God welcomes you and loves you. And so does St Aidan’s, Camano Island!
The Rev. Drew Foisie, Vicar
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:15 AM – Education Hour in Dietel Hall
Child Care available 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Join us for coffee hour after the 10:00 AM service.
Wednesday Morning service:
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 10:00 AM
Intercessory prayer and anointing available
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 is pastoral ministry. It meets monthly on the third 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.
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 fourth Saturday of the month.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!