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 2d 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 play doh 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.
After the story, the older kids are sometimes invited to move to the library next door if they would like to continue wondering and discussing in a deeper way. All this takes place in a wonderful, family atmosphere led by loving and dedicated teachers.
EYOA (Episcopal Youth of Alexandria) - 3rd 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. About once a month, this group meets outside of church for fellowship and outreach projects related to what they are working on during Sunday School. For footage of the kids' recent foray into drumming, check out this video!
EYC - 7th through 12th grade
7th through 12th graders meet for fellowship, discussion and learning on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:20 am, and also meet once a month in the afternoon for fun activities and various outreach projects. Last year 10 youth went on a mission trip to Mississippi that combined work in a homeless shelter with visits to civil rights sites. Join us whenever you can!
Throughout the year, you can find adults meeting in White 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 parish hall. At certain seasons during the year, we offer dual tracks for adults that might be newcomer classes or meditative prayer classes.
Newcomers/Inquirers Class - Several times a year we have a session of classes on Sunday morning for relative newcomers to St. Aidan's that are designed to help welcome them to the parish. These classes introduce St. Aidan's and the Episcopal Church and give newcomers a chance to ask questions, get to know other parishioners, and learn how to get involved in ways that sound interesting to them.
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.
Wednesday Evening Short Courses for Adults
During the year, we have a series of periodic courses that include a presentation and discussion. They are designed to give an overview of life in the Church as well as insights into how the Church continues to speak in each new age. They deal with scripture, worship, questions and faith. The courses are kept short so you can choose to participate for a few weeks or a few months. Each class will provide a chance not only to get to know your church better, but also to get to know some of those who share the journey of faith at St. Aidan’s. Classes generally run from 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.