Congregation Close-up: St. Aidan’s, Gresham

Congregation Close-up: St. Aidan’s, Gresham

Mother Esme and acolytes processed around the neighborhood on Palm Sunday 2018.

Set amid beautiful sprawling grounds next to Nadaka Nature Park, St. Aidan’s is embracing its identity by loving God and loving neighbor, and by living into the Celtic ethos of spreading the Good News of the Gospel through compassionate outreach, generosity of spirit, beauty in nature, music and the arts. St. Aidan’s is growing into a vision for the future, taking on new ministries that hold promise in our current environment and letting go of ministries that no longer serve that vision. Among these are:

  • The Great thou Art Camp, a children’s art camp for those children whose economic circumstances would not allow them access to professional artists and a camp experience. St. Aidan’s is seeding money to ensure the success of the camp and the church has received a grant for $1,500 from the City of Gresham to support its effort to bring the arts to those less economically secure.
  • Music and Meditation is an hour of music and poetry with St. Aidan’s musicians and friends, with open-mic time for others who would like to bring their own poetry or music. Music and Meditation is held five times a year, in celebration of the changing seasons, and is open to and embraces all faith traditions, cultures, and expressions of the seasons.
  • St. Aidan’s Celtic Festival Day and Mass on the Grass. Our celebration of St. Aidan’s Day includes a Celtic Mass, home-made pies, jewelry, art, music and more.
  • The Cuthbert Community is an on-going study of The Rule of Benedict, proving that at St. Aidan’s the words contemplative and lively belong together.
  • A very small but active Youth Group who have formed their own church and play their own music: The Church of Rock (Hard C. o. R.). They are “led from behind” by adult musicians experienced with Episcopalian theology and rock bands! It is our hope that through music, and a safe place to express themselves, the Church of Rock will attract other young people to explore a relationship with God.
  • Beautification of our sanctuary and our grounds. The new Garden Design Committee is working to create a destination of beauty in our grounds. A sub-committee is working on a new labyrinth design to be installed on the campus grounds in 2018.

The congregation of St. Aidan’s is steadfast in its welcome, loyal to its past and bold in its determination to grow into the needs of the community it serves.