St. Aidan's has always been a place of welcome for people with a variety of experiences of "church." That means people who grew up in the church and those who didn't. People who believe and those who are not sure about their beliefs. People who hope for a better world and those who struggle to find hope. We welcome anyone who is searching for a community where they can reach out to others and, in turn, be reached themselves, that is to say, we welcome anyone who is on a spiritual journey.
St. Aidan's was founded in 1962 and named for the Irish Celtic monk who in the seventh century became a bishop and walked throughout northeast England preaching the Christian faith. We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Who are we in the Episcopal Church? The web-site of the Episcopal Church puts it well.
The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ, in which there are no outcasts and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be, as followers of Christ.
St. Aidan's offers a worshipping community with three services on Sunday, two in the morning and one in the evening. From September through May we have Christian education for all ages at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. Several evening and weekday classes and small study group opportunities are available during the year as are regular opportunities for fellowship and fun. Afternoon youth activities are offered that meet for fellowship, service to others and fun.
Outreach to those in need has always been important at St. Aidan's, and we continue to be involved in ministries for the poor along the Route One corridor in Northern Virginia. Volunteers staff the winter homeless shelter, cook meals, raise funds to support the various non-profits serving the poor in our area and around the world, and we address special needs that arise at home and abroad.
Our clergy are available for spiritual guidance as well as pastoral support.
Our worship style has been described as "relaxed reverence" and that is true for our 8:30 service which is designed to include young children as well as our 10:30 service which includes a choir and more traditional setting. We have recently added a 5:30 p.m. Celtic service, with lots of candlelight, music and silence.