Welcome to St. Aidan's Chapel

St. Aidan's Chapel is open on Sundays, from June 23 through Sept. 1, 2024

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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.

The schedule for 2024 is as follows: Each Sunday from June 23 through September 1, there will be two communion services. The 7:45 am service will be held inside the Chapel. The 9:00 am service will be held outdoors in the Chapel Garden. (In the case of inclement weather, the 9:00 am service will be held inside the Chapel.)

We are inclusive to all. Please join us. Everyone is welcome!

Announcements

Opening Sunday June 23, 2024!

All are welcome to join our Presiding Clergy Rev. Mike Dangelo as he opens the summer season with two communion services at 7:45 am (inside the Chapel) and the again at 9:00 am outdoors in the garden. 

The schedule for 2024 is as follows: Each Sunday from June 23 through September 1, there will be two communion services. The 7:45 am service will be held inside the Chapel. The 9:00 am service will be held outdoors in the Chapel Garden. (In the case of inclement weather, the 9:00 am service will be held inside the Chapel.) 

Parishioners interested in holding Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer should contact the Standing Committee for more information. 

The Standing Committee and the Corporation are hard at work throughout the winter and spring, preparing the Chapel community for the busy summer to come. Thank you to all of our generous community members who supported St Aidan's Chapel last year. From your monetary donations to outreach gifts of food, and many, many volunteer hours, the Chapel is thriving and a beacon of Christ's love among us.  

Many, many thanks! 

VOLUNTEER in 2024:

In addition to our clergy, volunteers make St. Aidan's the special place that it is. From the leadership committees to the many individuals who contribute to making our worship together beautiful and blessed, we depend on the community to make things happen. In the Spring of 2024, look for notices here about how to sign-up!

Website Updates:

This Website is updated regularly with helpful information regarding the summer of 2024 at St. Aidan's. Please get in the habit of checking the Announcements section for up-to-the-minute details regarding our worship schedules, bad weather contingencies, activities, events, and community needs.

Visiting Clergy Summer 2024

The Rev. Michael B. Dangelo
Officiating Clergy
June 23; June 30; July 7

The Rev. Timothy Safford, July 14

The Rev. Noah Van Niel
July 21; July 28

The Rev. Kit Lonergan
August 4; August 11

 

The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph
August 18; August 25

Bishop Carol Gallagher
September 1

From The News

Carolers Fill the Chapel on Christmas Eve

For the first time in several years, festive caroling was once again held inside the Chapel on Christmas Eve. A spirited group sang and enjoyed the ringing of the bell as Felicity Forbes led all from the altar steps. The familiar carols were music to the ears of the gathered singers, and an atmosphere of…

A Beautiful End to the Season

The first Sunday in September was the last of the season for the parishioners of St. Aidan’s Chapel. Labor Day weekend delivered perfect weather as folks gathered under the beech tree to attend the communion service and hear Bishop Carol Gallagher’s thoughtful sermon. Once again she concluded her comments with a gentle hymn, sung to…

Whom do you admire? [Bishop Carol Gallagher]

Bishop Carol Gallagher responded as follows: “I truly admire Bishop Tutu, who I was blessed to meet at my very first House of Bishops. He had lived a life of service and was often derided and abused, but he loved everyone he met and bubbled over with contagious laughter often.”

Consecration and Communion

The penultimate Sunday of the 2023 season was full of ceremony and heart as Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph presided over two communion services and the consecration of the newly expanded Memorial Garden. They were attended by parishioners who worshipped at two services held both inside and outside the Chapel. Once again, Alan Lauderdale supplied…

A Question of Love and Faith

The Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph, returning for her third summer at St. Aidan’s, offered a beautiful worship service under the sheltering beech tree in the Chapel garden. The weather was perfect as 85 (plus) parishioners were queried thoughtfully during Rev. Arlette’s sermon: “How is your faith walk going?” Such a simple question was compelling…

Whom Do You Admire? [Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph]

Hands down Mother Teresa. As a child, I admired her piety, humility, centeredness, and love of service and God. Through the lens of my adulthood for me, she emulated Christ’s love for this world and people through her acts of service. Her legacy is one of deep faith in God, steadfast courage, and fierce love.…