Whether you are returning to church after a time away, new to the faith, looking for a new church home or simply seeking a place of quiet, please know that you are welcome at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church.
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St. Augustine of Canterbury

Your Episcopal Church in Aiken, South Carolina!
Outreach St. Augustine of Canterbury has a heart for outreach. We support local non-profit groups quarterly, contribute to ACTS, provide food for One Table, volunteer with the Soup Kitchen, and have an annual yard sale (quite popular and well attended) with all of our proceeds to go toward our outreach efforts. We support other Episcopal ministries throughout the southeast, especially due to disasters. Internationally, we support Episcopal missionaries in Quito, Ecuador. Christian Formation We have a weekly offering for children during a portion of the Sunday service. Adult formation groups meet throughout the week, including a Wednesday Bible study, a Thursday Sunday scripture class, and a teaching series with Fr. Dan on Thursdays, following the 6 PM service. Music With the guidance of our Director of Music Dick Maltz, and the beautiful piano music of our Church Accompanist Sok Hwee Tay, we continue to lift the Spirit musically throughout this time of masks and social distancing. Complemented only by their excellent combined vocals, it brings forth a wonderfully soul-filled experience that gets more moving with each service. Fellowship and Hospitality Let’s face it: St. Augustines is a very social community. Masks and social distancing have brought forth special challenges in this area. But we still thrive by staying in touch via zoom and many other means, and now we have finally been able to reunite in worship, be it conditionally. Daughters of the King (Image featured in page header, above) The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order for women of the Episcopal Church, whose members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. Members wear a special Fleury cross inscribed in Latin “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine” meaning “With heart and mind and spirit, uphold and bear the cross”. Daily prayers, along with specific and scheduled times for service to Christ’s kingdom on earth, are hallmarks of the Order. We currently have twenty-two Daughters and one “Daughter in Training”. Order of St. Luke The International Order of St. Luke the Physician is made up of clergy, health professional, and lay people who feel called to make Jesus' Ministry of Healing a regular par of their vocation. At St. Augustine of Canterbury we have an active Order of St. Luke. Healing services are held on the 2nd Monday of the month in the evening. We also offer healing prayers after each Sunday service. Altar Guild The women and men of this group work hard weekly to provide a beautiful and reverent worship space. This is a quiet ministry that provides such a gift to the worshipper. Worship Worship is another strong suit of our congregation. Our worship style is fairly relaxed, but reverent. We follow the rubrics (directions) of the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, of The Episcopal Church. Along with our two Sunday services (8 AM and 10 AM), we offer Morning Prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a 12 PM Holy Eucharist service on Wednesdays. Sunday’s 10 AM service can be viewed live or at a later time on our FaceBook Livestream page. Facility And Grounds Upkeep Our church family members have a lot of energy. You see it on display on Sunday mornings and when we take care of our property. We have a devoted cadre of mowers, spring and fall work days, and we recently constructed a new home for our well pump. Cursillo The renewal ministry of Cursillo is very important to our community. The vast majority of our congregation have attended a Cursillo weekend. Our church as several group reunions and host Ultreyas (gatherings of the wider Cursillo community) throughout the year. De Colores and Ultreya!
September 23, 2020 – NOTICE TO ALL: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have curtailed many in-person inside events. Our Church Office is open Monday through Thursday, 10 AM to 2 PM. Beginning September 23, we will begin in-person inside services on Wednesdays at 12 PM noon and on Sundays at 8 AM and 10 AM. For these services, you will need to sign up to attend. WHEN ON OUR CAMPUS, PLEASE WEAR A MASK! We continue to strive to keep our church family connected through prayer, on-line worship services, meditations, weekly e-blasts, on-line giving, and this website. While we may be separated by some distance during this troubled time of pandemic, please join us as we continue to celebrate in The Spirit!