Update – June 5th, 2020

After a few months of worshiping virtually at our home churches, we are anxiously anticipating the Chapel’s opening for our 103rd season in just a few short weeks!  Our first worship service is currently scheduled to take place on July 5th and I hope to see many of you in attendance throughout the summer.  Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we’ve had to make some adjustments to keep everyone as safe as possible while attending worship services.

The principal changes include: delaying the commencement of worship services until after July 1st as required by the Diocese; combining the 8am and 10am service into one 9am spoken morning prayer service; worshiping outdoors when the weather permits and worshiping indoors when it doesn’t; limiting attendance inside the Chapel to comply with social distancing and State occupancy regulations; and the wearing of masks.  If rain is predicted or likely on Sunday, by Saturday morning we will post a notice on the Chapel’s website that Sunday’s worship service will take place inside and we will have a sign-up sheet in the Chapel for you to reserve seats. The capacity in the Chapel is limited to a range of 20 to 35 parishioners depending on the number of people within a household attending who are not required to socially distance from one another.  While we will be enhancing our cleaning procedures, we encourage parishioners who have been determined by the CDC to be at higher risk to the Covid 19 virus to attend only our outdoor services.  Yes, the services will feel different this year than in past years, but let’s all be very thankful that we will be able to worship together.

Once again, we have outstanding clergy lined up for this summer.  The Rev. Michael Dangelo, Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, MA will be with us for the first three Sundays in July. The Rev. Noah Van Niel, Associate Rector at The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC will join us for the last Sunday of July and the first Sunday of August.  Our Vicar, the Rev. Dr. Maribeth Conroy, Rector of St. Philips Episcopal Church, Coral Gables, FL will be with us for the balance of August as well as for our season closing services on Labor Day weekend.  We are truly blessed to have such wonderful clergy lead our worship services.

Over the winter, Maribeth reached out to me to let me know that after the 2020 summer session she would be stepping back from her role as our Vicar and August/September minister at St. Aidan’s.  We have been very blessed with Maribeth’s presence in our community over the past 15 years and I know we will all miss her dearly! I’m excited that she’ll have some new experiences during her vacation weeks.  I am also hopeful that we will be able to have an appropriate celebration for Maribeth’s “retirement” from St. Aidan’s at some point in August. I’ve asked George Andrews to lead a search committee to identify clergy candidates to cover the August and September Sundays beginning in 2021.  Regarding the position of Vicar upon Maribeth’s retirement, Mike Dangelo has graciously agreed to take on this responsibility.

Under Marguerite Graham’s leadership we are continuing the Centering Prayer/Interfaith Meditation session at the Chapel.  As currently scheduled, these sessions will take place on Tuesday mornings at 8:30am beginning on July7th and will continue through September 1st. Centering Prayer is a method of quiet meditation in which a symbolic word is used as a sign of one’s willingness to wait on God and be available to God’s presence.

At this time, we don’t have any other events such as a music night, a social gathering or a blessing of the animals scheduled due to the pandemic.  However, the schedule of events may change and to communicate this we have added a “News” page to the St. Aidan’s website (staidanschapel.org) to provide you updated news.

Because of your generosity we are able to worship at St. Aidan’s Chapel in the summer months.  I hope you will continue your support by making a contribution to fund our ongoing ministry and annual community outreach by either submitting your contribution in the Sunday offering plate or sending a check or contributing securities to St. Aidan’s.  Checks, made out to the St. Aidan’s Chapel, can be sent to the attention of Karyn Campbell, our Treasurer, at 185 Smith Neck Road, South Dartmouth, MA. Karyn can help with security transfers as well.  Many thanks in advance for your generous support of St. Aidan’s!

I look forward to seeing you all this summer.  If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me.  My email address is sfhatfield@comcast.net and my mobile phone number is (617) 733-9688.

Sincerely and on behalf of the entire Standing Committee,
Stephen F. Hatfield, Chairman,
Standing Committee