St. Aidan's is a parish in transition. Following the retirement of our long-term rector, we have entered into a period of self-study, considering where we have been, who we are now, and what God is calling us to be for the future. In the year ahead, with the guidance of our interim rector, we will create a parish profile and enter into a search for a new rector who will share and help shape the vision we discern for our future. In this process, we follow the Diocese of Virginia process described in the link below.
Transition Update: May 12 2021
Dear St. Aidan’s family,
The discernment process is moving along beautifully. We are well on our way to telling the St. Aidan’s story more completely and vividly through enhancements to our website. We have worked with parishioners in our different areas of ministry to compile the content needed for those enhancements, and we look forward to publishing updates in the coming weeks.
Another important step forward is that our Community Ministry Portfolio is now complete. It has been presented to the vestry and they have given the OK to share it with the Office of Transition ministry. You may remember that the portfolio is not a public facing document; it is a window into life at St. Aidan’s that is available to priests anywhere within the Episcopal Church who are seeking a new position.
Once our website improvements are in place and the Office of Transition Ministry has prepared our portfolio for posting, we will begin receiving applications from candidates. We anticipate receiving applications through the first part of the summer and then moving into a time of review.
We’ll enter a quieter time for the committee’s work as we wait for applications to come in. The diocese asks us not to review them one by one but to consider all applications at one time. During that quieter period, the committee will host a meeting to share with the parish what we learned from you through the parish survey and listening sessions.
The discernment committee continues to grow as a community. Our love for St. Aidan’s is palpable in all we do, and our commitment to representing the entire parish well is always at the center of our work. We are grateful for the support of our transition minister, Sarah Brockenbrough, whose experience and wisdom make her an invaluable support and guide. And we are grateful for your ongoing prayers for our work.
Peace and blessings,
Your Discernment Committee
A Prayer in the time of Transition
Gracious and loving God, whose hands shape our lives and the world around us:
Open our hearts to an ongoing awareness of your presence as we seek and select a Rector for St. Aidan's Church. Bless our Discernment Committee with clear eyes, wise minds, and open hearts in their search for a priest who will love and serve you and this congregation. Bless and strengthen the St. Aidan’s community as this journey empowers us to grow in love and understanding for you and for one another. Support clergy who hear your call to discernment and surround their families with your care, for even now you are preparing our future pastor. And lead us all by your grace to a deepening understanding of our mission and ministry so that together we might grow more and more into the community Christ calls us to be.
“St. Aidan’s welcomes you, not as a dinner guest to be seated in the parlor while dinner is prepared,
but welcomed into the kitchen and put to work helping to prepare the meal as a member of the family.”
The Rev Jeremy Means-Koss, seminarian, 2019-2020