Welcome to St. Aidan's Chapel

St. Aidan's Chapel is open for twelve Sundays, from June 25 through Sept. 13, 2023

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St. Aidan's, an Episcopal summer chapel, is home to a devoted and vibrant community that welcomes warmly persons of all faiths to our services. For many people, St. Aidan’s is the alternative to their home church, to others, it is their only house of worship. Often churchgoers attend services while visiting family and friends on vacation. Celebrating Christ’s love and teachings in a charming and historic summer setting is only part of what makes St. Aidan's so unique.

We invite you and your family to worship with us this summer, including children of all ages. From listening to and praying with our accomplished and devout summer chaplains, to our commitment to bring God’s blessings to those in need in the Greater New Bedford area, St. Aidan’s is a joyful and nourishing experience.

We are inclusive to all, just as we believe God is inclusive to all. Please join us. Everyone is welcome!


Christmas Eve caroling is back!  After a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the annual carol sing at the Chapel will be held on December 24, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  All are invited to participate!  Bundle up, bring a flashlight and be ready to celebrate one of the holiest and festive days of the year.

The summer worship schedule ended on September 11, 2022 after twelve sunny Sundays with large crowds of the faithful attending weekly. Abundant thanks to all of our five visiting clergy and the many volunteers who gave selflessly to enhance the spiritual life of our community.  May the intervening months ahead be filled with many blessings for all until we gather again in June of 2023.

Please remember to donate canned goods (soups, stews, especially) for Martha's Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford. Their needs stretch beyond the limits of the summertime and welcome donations all year long!

Volunteers make St Aidan's roll from year to year and week to week. From the leadership committees to the many individuals that contribute to making our worship together beautiful and blessed, we depend on the community to make things happen. Look to this space for essential volunteering opportunities for the Summer of 2023!

This Website is updated regularly with helpful information regarding the summer of 2023 at St. Aidan's.  Please get in the habit of checking the Announcements section for up to the minute details regarding our worship schedules, activities, events and community needs.

Visiting Clergy Summer 2023

The Rev. Michael B. Dangelo
Officiating Clergy
Schedule: June 26; July 3; July 10; July 17

The Rev. Noah Van Niel
Schedule: July 24; July 31

The Rev. Kit Lonergan
Schedule: August 7; August 14

The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph
Schedule: August 21

The Rt. Rev Carol Gallagher
August 28; September 4; September 11

From The News

Summer Season Comes to a Close

The final worship service of the summer was held on September 11, 2022. For the twelfth Sunday in a row, the weather was beautiful as The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher presided over the communion service. On Friday before, Bishop Carol led an informal conversation with parishioners regarding the latest work of the Church in Massachusetts…

Peter Stanton Recognized at Community Social

The 2022 season was celebrated on September 8 at the Salter’s Point Casino. Dozens of parish members enjoyed a festive evening as a late summer sun set over Buzzards Bay.  Volunteers contributed yummy appetizers which complemented beautiful platters of cheeses and smoked salmon from Scuttlebutt Coffee Company. Peter Stanton, a member of the Standing Committee…

Steve Hatfield Honored for Leadership and Service

On yet another sunny Sunday morning, worshippers gathered for the penultimate service of the summer. The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher presided over the communion service that included a heartfelt tribute to outgoing Standing Committee Chair, Stephen Hatfield. Fellow Standing Committee member George Andrews offered remarks in praise of Steve’s leadership and selfless dedication to the…

Under the Beech Tree on August 28

For ten weeks in a row, the weather was perfect as ushers and other volunteers prepared the chairs and altar, taking advantage of the shade beneath the beautiful beech tree.  The Chapel grounds have provided the setting for our outdoor services all summer long and have proven to be a beautiful substitute for indoor worship…

Three Quick Questions for Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher

What do you find the most challenging in your work? Finding clergy to serve in part-time calls and the heartache for parishes that are struggling without clergy. What gives you the most joy in your work? Small congregations who are doing daily incredible ministry on a shoestring – stone soup! What kinds of books, periodicals, podcasts, etc.,…

August Service Under the Beech Tree

The hydrangeas are showing their muted August colors yet the high spirits of the assembled remained vibrant and joyful. The Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph returned to St. Aidan’s for her second summer, a happy homecoming.  Rev. Arlette conducted a poignant service that included a special blessing for Judith and Peter Stanton, long-time parishioners, who…