St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
Christ's Beacon for all seeking God. 

St. Aidan's is an open and inclusive member of The Episcopal Church. We welcome all who desire a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are celebrating 50 years of service to God's people in the heart of the King's Grant area of Virginia Beach on Edinburgh Drive between N. Lynnhaven and King's Grant Road.

3201 Edinburgh Dr.

Virginia Beach, VA 23452
757-340-6459

SUNDAY

Summer Worship

Begins June 18

One Service @ 9:30 a.m.

The Rev. Mark Wilkinson, Rector

The Rev. Dana Vanvliet-Pullin, Deacon

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 What to Expect When You Visit

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT ST. AIDAN'S

At first it may seem complicated, but really it's easy

The easiest thing is just come to Church 

We offer two opportunities to worship on Sunday; 8:15 and10:30 a.m. (and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. as well).

The early service is at 8:15 and most people arrive between 8:00 and 8:15. This is a Holy Eucharist service using Rite 2. Now let me explain that. Holy Eucharist is a service with two parts, the liturgy of the word that includes readings, a sermon, prayers and confession. The second portion is a celebration of communion where the priest consecrates (blesses) bread and wine in commemoration of the Last Supper. Rite 2 means that we are using contemporary language rather than Elizabethan English.

Our Formation Classes for all ages begin at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, but most folks come around 9 AM for a something to eat and to have coffee or tea.  The folks who attend the 8:15 AM “quiet service” are getting out and most stay for a cup of coffee and many go to the adult Christian Formation class.  Just come.   We are not a huge place, and everyone is friendly.

We also offer classes for Children from pre-school through High School. A friendly welcome is assured to your child even if they have never been to church before. Click on either children or teensto see our offerings.

After Sunday School, worship begins at 10:30.  After the opening processional and a few prayers Fr. Mark will invite the children to go with Miss Becky to Children’s chapel.  Children ages Pre- Kindergarten through 3rd grade go to a brief service made just for children during the first half of worship, then return just before the communion. They will hear the same lessons as the parents and older children.
or you can make an appointment...
The best way to get situated with our parish is to meet with our Rector, The Rev. Mark Wilkinson. You can schedule a time up at the church, which allows him to show you around.  Or if you wish, a cup of coffee or a home visit.  Email Mark  or call 757-340-6459.
Protestant or Catholic?
The Episcopal Church is sort of a mix between a Protestant Church and a Catholic Church, so you will see things that look like both.  If you’ve never worshipped in a Catholic Church, our service might catch you off guard. In many ways it’s very simple and after a few times through the service you will be comfortable with our worship. If you would like, an usher will find someone to sit with you to help you through the service the first few times.
Ancient Worship
There are places where we bow to show reverence for Christ, places where we kneel to humble ourselves before God.  There are times we cross ourselves as a way of using our entire bodies to worship and remember Christ’s sacrifice.   And we read ancient creeds and prayers together out-loud to affirm our faith. Our parish has members from all over the United States and often from other countires as well. Each person brings some of their own personal practice so there really is no right or wrong way to do any of this. The best way to learn this is to the watch people in front of you and follow along. 
Communion
Any baptized person can come to the rail and receive communion.  Children of any age are welcome to receive communion if they have been baptized. If you haven’t yet been baptized, you can come to the rail and kneel, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a prayer of blessing.  Talk with us about scheduling Baptism for you or your child.  When the priest says, “The Gifts of God for the People of God,” you step out into the center isle, and come forward in a line with the others to kneel at the communion rail.  The ushers will help direct you.
   
Body of Christ, Bread of Heaven 
We use real bread at St. Aidan's that is made from a recipe from Virginia Theological Seminary. Hold out your hands cupped like a bowl.  The minister will come by first and give you a piece of bread that is the body of Christ.  You can eat it right away or you can wait to dip it in the wine and then take it.  Some who have been raised in the Roman Catholic tradition choose to receive just bread and that is fine. If you are gluten intolerant let the priest know and he or she will give you a gluten free host.
   
Blood of Christ, Cup of our Salvation
Then a person will come by with the Chalice (a silver or pottery cup).  You can: gently hold the cup, and with the server, guide it up to your lips and take a small sip of the wine.  Or if you held onto the bread, you may dip it into the wine and then eat it. 
Communion holds a deep and varied meaning for us in the Episcopal Church.  It contains the mystery of what Christ did when he died on the cross for the sins of the world.
 
Healing Prayers
If you visit us on the fourth Sunday of a month you will be invited to come forward for the laying of hands and healing prayers from our prayer team. These are done at the altar rail. Please come to the rail and when the healers come to you, please let them know what you would like prayers for. These can be for yourself, a family member or friend. Requests are kept confidential.
Paws and Prayers 3rd Sunday at 5:00
This is a rather unique Sunday evening service where you are invited to bring your companion animal to church. We have lots of dogs, some cats and even the occasional bird or goldfisWhat to Expect When You Visit


September through June we offer two opportunities to worship on Sunday; 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. as well as Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Summer worship is one service at 9:30

The early service is at 8:15 and most people arrive between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m. This is a Holy eucharist service using Rite 2. Now let me explain that. Holy Eucharist is a service with two parts, the liturgy of the word that includes readings, a sermon, prayers and confession. The secont portion is a celebration of communion where the priest consecrates (blesses) bread and wine in commemoration of the Last Supper. Rite 2 means we are using contemporary English rather than Elisabethan English. During Lent we use Rite 1 which is the older form of prayers.



We also offer classes for Children from pre-school through High School. A friendly welcome is assured to your child even if they have never been to church before. Click on either children or teensto see our offerings.
After Sunday School, worship begins at 10:30.  After the opening processional and a few prayers Fr. Mark will invite the children to go with Miss Becky to Children’s chapel.  Children ages Pre- Kindergarten through 3rd grade go to a brief service made just for children during the first half of worship, then return just before the communion. They will hear the same lessons as the parents and older children.
or you can make an appointment...
The best way to get situated with our parish is to meet with our Rector, The Rev. Mark Wilkinson. You can schedule a time up at the church, which allows him to show you around.  Or if you wish, a cup of coffee or a home visit.  Email Mark  or call 757-340-6459.
Protestant or Catholic?

Our Formation Classes for all ages begin at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, but most folks come around 9:00 for something to eat and to have coffee or tea. The folks who attend the 8:15 a.m. "quiet service" are getting out and most stay for a cup of coffee and many go to the adult Christian Formation class. Just come. We are not a huge place, and everyone is friendly. We also offer classes for Children from pre-school through High School. A friendly welcome is assured to your child even if they have never been to church before. Click on either children or teensto see our offerings.

After Sunday School, worship begins at 10:30.  After the opening processional and a few prayers Fr. Mark will invite the children to go with Miss Becky to Children’s chapel.  Children ages Pre- Kindergarten through 3rd grade go to a brief service made just for children during the first half of worship, then return just before the communion. They will hear the same lessons as the parents and older children.

or you can make an appointment...

The best way to get situated with our parish is to meet with our Rector, The Rev. Mark Wilkinson. You can schedule a time up at the church, which allows him to show you around.  Or if you wish, a cup of coffee or a home visit.  Email Mark  or call 757-340-6459.

Protestant or Catholic?

The Episcopal Church is sort of a mix between a Protestant Church and a Catholic Church, so you will see things that look like both.  If you’ve never worshipped in a Catholic Church, our service might catch you off guard. In many ways it’s very simple and after a few times through the service you will be comfortable with our worship. If you would like, an usher will find someone to sit with you to help you through the service the first few times.

Ancient Worship

There are places where we bow to show reverence for Christ, places where we kneel to humble ourselves before God.  There are times we cross ourselves as a way of using our entire bodies to worship and remember Christ’s sacrifice.   And we read ancient creeds and prayers together out-loud to affirm our faith. Our parish has members from all over the United States and often from other countires as well. Each person brings some of their own personal practice so there really is no right or wrong way to do any of this. The best way to learn this is to the watch people in front of you and follow along. 

Communion

Any baptized person can come to the rail and receive communion.  Children of any age are welcome to receive communion if they have been baptized. If you haven’t yet been baptized, you can come to the rail and kneel, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a prayer of blessing.  Talk with us about scheduling Baptism for you or your child.  When the priest says, “The Gifts of God for the People of God,” you step out into the center isle, and come forward in a line with the others to kneel at the communion rail.  The ushers will help direct you.

 



Body of Christ, Bread of Heaven 
We use real bread at St. Aidan's that is made from a recipe from Virginia Theological Seminary. Hold out your hands cupped like a bowl.  The minister will come by first and give you a piece of bread that is the body of Christ.  You can eat it right away or you can wait to dip it in the wine and then take it.  Some who have been raised in the Roman Catholic tradition choose to receive just bread and that is fine. If you are gluten intolerant let the priest know and he or she will give you a gluten free host.
   
Blood of Christ, Cup of our Salvation
Then a person will come by with the Chalice (a silver or pottery cup).  You can: gently hold the cup, and with the server, guide it up to your lips and take a small sip of the wine.  Or if you held onto the bread, you may dip it into the wine and then eat it. 
Communion holds a deep and varied meaning for us in the Episcopal Church.  It contains the mystery of what Christ did when he died on the cross for the sins of the world.
 

Body of Christ, Bread of Heaven 

We use real bread at St. Aidan's that is made from a recipe from Virginia Theological Seminary. Hold out your hands cupped like a bowl.  The minister will come by first and give you a piece of bread that is the body of Christ.  You can eat it right away or you can wait to dip it in the wine and then take it.  Some who have been raised in the Roman Catholic tradition choose to receive just bread and that is fine. If you are gluten intolerant let the priest know and he or she will give you a gluten free host.


Blood of Christ, Cup of our Salvation

Then a person will come by with the Chalice (a silver or pottery cup).  You can: gently hold the cup, and with the server, guide it up to your lips and take a small sip of the wine.  Or if you held onto the bread, you may dip it into the wine and then eat it. 

Communion holds a deep and varied meaning for us in the Episcopal Church.  It contains the mystery of what Christ did when he died on the cross for the sins of the world.

 

Healing Prayers

If you visit us on the fourth Sunday of a month you will be invited to come forward for the laying of hands and healing prayers from our prayer team. These are done at the altar rail. Please come to the rail and when the healers come to you, please let them know what you would like prayers for. These can be for yourself, a family member or friend. Requests are kept confidential.