COVID-19 – Impact On Taize and Sunday Services

In response to rapidly changes events around the Corona virus, otherwise known as COVID-19, our priest, the Reverend Lynn V. Rutledge+ sent out the following to our St. Aidan’s community this morning, 3/16.

“Dear Friends,

With regret, and based on our Governor’s recommendations concerning
gatherings of more than 10 people when seniors will be present, it seems
best to cancel the Taize service that had been scheduled for this
Wednesday.  I am sorry about this.  Steve Wiggin suggests that perhaps
we can have this service during the summer. The other Lenten ecumenical
services of March 25 and April 1 are also cancelled.

Regarding Sunday services, we may well hold the service using Zoom, an
internet platform.  I’m looking into this now.  If we decide to go this
route, I’ll have a scheduled tutorial during the week so that everyone
can be comfortable with the program by Sunday.

If you’d like to know more about what the Episcopal church is doing and
hear messages from our Bishop and Presiding Bishop, visit these webpages:
1. —  If you scroll to the bottom of the
page, you can sign up to receive emails and newsletters.  You won’t be
bombarded every day with news.
2. — You can also sign up to receive
email news, mostly daily in this case.

I pray that you will have peace and good health.  God loves us and walks
with us always.


If you have any questions, please reach out to us.  In the meantime, please stay safe out there.




On Saturday, November 2nd, Bishop Thomas Brown visited St. Aidan’s Church in Machias where he met with members of the Vestry and, along with Rev. Lynn V. Rutledge+, blessed and dedicated the Stephen Moyer Memorial Garden. Among those in attending were members of Stephen’s family who were able to make the trip for this loving event.

Lynn V. Rutledge+  and +Thomas J. Brown

The Bishop also performed a service of Baptism and Confirmation for Scot Willson and the renewal of Baptismal vows for Anne McGhie.

Left to right: Scot Willson; +Thomas J. Brown; Lynn V. Rutledge+; Ann McGhie

We would like to thank parishioner Dale Miller for taking these photographs.

Editor for Web Page

Hello, everyone.

My name is Suzie O’Clair and I am now keeper of the St. Aidan’s website. Our hope is that this site will be both a tool and a form of a newsletter for visitors and our parishioners alike so, if you have any ideas, submissions or requests, please feel free to contact me at

We look forward to hearing from you!



We now have a brand new beautiful worship space here at St. Aidan’s. The Stephen Moyer Memorial Garden was competed this fall – the seed money for this project was from memorial gifts given to his remembrance. Next season will see many beautiful flowers planted in the circle areas of the cross and the hedge made of Rosa Rugosa is growing nicely. The garden will be dedicated to Steven Moyer by Bishop Thomas Brown during his visit with us on November 2nd. As with all projects, time and the final size of this project was more than originally estimated however, we believe you will agree that the outcome has been well worth the wait and it is a great addition to St. Aidan’s.

St. Aidan’s continues to grow and what a wonderful worship space we have been given to help enrich our faith and share in our joy and love.

Stephen Moyer Memorial Garden