What to Expect

ministry minuteOn your first visit to St. Aidan’s, plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the service to allow time to get seated and get a name tag if you desire.

Our 8 a.m. service is smaller with Traditional music, while our 10:30 a.m. service is larger with Contemporary music.

We are a “come as you are” parish, which means our members come as they are, wearing traditional Sunday clothes, or shorts and t-shirts, or anything in between.

Expect to be greeted by a smiling face when you arrive, and feel free to fill out a name tag so people can call you by name. As you enter the Sanctuary, an usher will be there to hand you either a service bulletin (at 8 a.m.) or an announcement sheet (10:30 a.m.) and they can answer any questions you may have. Feel free to sit anywhere and prepare your heart and mind for worship.

The service follows the Holy Eucharist Rite II, which can be found in the Book of Common Prayer. (Learn more about our beliefs.) The service is reprinted (including the words to hymns) in the 8 a.m. bulletin and projected onto the two large screens during the 10:30 a.m. service for ease of following.

A typical service includes opening sentences, scripture readings by a lay person (Old and New Testament Readings), the Gospel reading by the Deacon, followed by the sermon (the “Message”). This is followed by the Prayers of the People, Confession of Sin, the Peace, and then Holy Eucharist, or the breaking of the bread.

You’re welcome to come forward for the bread and the wine, come kneel (or stand if unable to kneel) at the railing and receive the sacraments. If you would like to come forward, but not receive, simply cross your arms across your chest and receive a blessing. At St. Aidan’s we use wafers at the 8 a.m. service and gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free bread at the 10:30 a.m. service for the Body of Christ, and wine at both services for the Blood of Christ.

Your Children
Children’s Chapel is offered during the 10:30 a.m. service for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade, and is a way to study the scripture separately in an age-appropriate environment with fun and engaging songs. Any child who wishes to attend Children’s Chapel can follow the children’s cross out after the opening sentences and will return during the Peace. Children’s Chapel is located across the hall from the Sanctuary and is lead by adult lay volunteers and with Jr. Acolytes (typically 2nd -4th graders) assisting with reading the lesson and prayers of the people.
The nursery is located behind the church building in one of the portable classrooms. Our nursery is staffed by two trained adults and has many fun toys to keep your little ones entertained. Feel free to drop off your child at any point in the service, or stay with your child until you feel comfortable leaving for the service. If there are any problems with your child, the staff will contact you.

There is a “Cry Room” located near the kitchen in case your little one needs a little quiet time, or if you need a private place to attend to your baby.

Our Clergy
At the end of the service, the Rev. Les and Deacon Warren can be found by the doors at the rear of the Sanctuary greeting people as they leave. Please feel welcome to introduce yourself to them.

Join Us After
After the service, please stay for coffee and get to know others at Cookies and Coffee, located in the Narthex (the lobby just outside the Sanctuary). If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask an usher or other member.

Please remember to fill out a Connections card and drop it in the offering box so we can follow up with you and let you know of newcomer events such as social gatherings or “meet the staff” receptions.

We offer both adult and child Sunday study sessions.

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