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Education & Formation

Creative and relevant Christian education is a high priority for us at St. Aidan's!  All are welcome! 

Sunday School During the School Year

During the school year, we offer Sunday morning classes for all ages between our two morning worship services, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 10:20 a.m.

     Godly Play - Pre-School through 1st Grade


We have a wonderful program for the younger kids called Godly Play.  Godly Play creates an inviting and sacred space for the kids to develop their own, unique spiritualities.  We begin with engaging stories from the Bible and inviting kids to "wonder" about them, allowing them to claim God and Christianity in their own creative ways.  They then choose their "work" based on the story -- they can work with the physical pieces of the story, draw, write, or use playdough as they interpret what the story means for them. The kids end together in a "feast", sharing a healthy snack together as they build their community. All this takes place in a wonderful, family atmosphere led by loving and dedicated teachers.


     EYOA (Episcopal Youth of Alexandria) - 2nd through 6th Grade

The older kids meet for snacks, interesting discussions, religious instruction and fun.  This class is forum-style, running through a series of three or four week sessions that engage the kids in thinking about faith and how it fits into their lives.  They might make videos about what they believe, experiment with how art and music intersect with faith, learn about the beliefs and practices of their Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters, become familiar with the workings of the church, and plan for an Advent play and a Youth Sunday service.  For footage of the kids'  foray into drumming, check out this video!

    EYC - 7th through 12th grade

7th through 12th graders meet for fellowship, discussion and learning on Sunday evenings at 6:30 after our Celtic service, or they head off the grounds for fun activities and various outreach projects.  Many years our youth go on a mission trips.  

Join us whenever you can! 


Throughout the year, you can find adults meeting in teh parish hall for lively discussions, informative and interesting subject matter, and a chance to make new friends.  Adults gather at 9:30 a.m. in the room in teh northeast corner of the parish hall.  

Nursery - A nursery is available from 9:30 a.m. until noon for children too young to attend Sunday School.  Our head nursery caregivers works as an assistant in the Fairfax County Public School System.  The nursery is located in the "Muscle Room" in the parish hall.

The Center for Spiritual Deepening - The Center for Spiritual Deepening offers classes throughout the year on prayer, other religions, spirituality, emerging theologies, writers, mystics, and more.  Click here to learn more about the Center's offerings.