Welcome to the Community Website
The 2010 Annual Gathering
Welcome to our New Website
Most of the new website is now complete BUT there will be some links that are not yet functional and there is still much work to be done.
In the meantime, the old site is still working!
A Brief Introduction
The Community of Aidan and Hilda is a dispersed, ecumenical body drawing inspiration from the lives of the Celtic saints. The Open Gate, on Lindisfarne is our main house and offers accommodation for members and visitors. We provide a programme of retreats and events on Holy Island, around the UK, and internationally.
You can download details of retreats for 2013 here
While, Holy Island provides our main base there are regional groups around the UK, which have their own programme of events. Additionally, we have a number of international pages, which include contact details to overseas groups.
We also run a variety of online correspondance courses, supported by tutors and mentors available by email, telephone and possibly during any associated retreats.
Find out about our new life-changing study course "Igniting the Flame" here.
The 2014 course is now full - applications for 2015 will open in April 2014
The Community works together to nurture a holistic Christian spirituality for today that can benefit both traditional and ermerging churches. We provide a wide range of resources such as books, cards, CDs, crafts, and even an extensive e-learning package. The Community is organised by the Caim Council and headed by a Guardians, currently Graham Booth, Penny Warren and Simon Reed. Membership has a variety of forms:
You do not, however, need to be a member to enjoy the facilities and resources we offer. Most retreats and meetings are open to all christians and those wanting to find out about the Christian faith. Through this website you can find out more about the community and explore the possibility of joining with us.
If you are new to the story of the Celtic church that survived in Britain following the collapse of the Roman Empire, downloading the Celtic Timeline (PowerPoint file) should provide you with a brief chronology of events. There are also a number of introductory books available on the subject, which explore the relevance of the Celtic church to our lives today.
The Community publishes a quarterly magazine, The Aidan Way, You can download a recent edition here.
Inspiring Daily Readings
In his book "Celtic Daily Light" Ray Simpson provides us with daily meditations for each day of the year. You can read them online here or by clicking the link below. You can also join in the Community's daily prayer by clicking the links beneath the Pray with Us section below.
Pray with Us
The Community recommends having a rhythm of prayer through the day. You can see examples of the format we suggest for morning, midday, evening and night prayer here.
The Guardians safeguard the spirit and ethos of the world-wide community and its dispersed members, and are its spiritual leaders. The current Guardians are Graham Booth who lives on Holy Island, Penny Warren who lives in Devon, and Simon Reed who lives in London.
Each guardian also has a specific role
|Graham Booth||Penny Warren||Simon Reed|
Responsible for Community
Chair of Caim Council
The Ascension Vicarage
For general enquiries it is best to contact the Community office in the first instance and to book a retreat please contact the Open Gate, but all three Guardians are happy to be contacted whenever necessary or with specific enquiries.
Ray's Blog will provide you with up to date information on Ray's travels and thoughts.
Ray is the Community's Founding Guardian. He has contributed more than anyone to the Community over the years since its foundation, and continues to do so but in a less demanding role.
As Founding Guardian, Ray concentrates on writing, speaking, leading retreats, and offering personal spiritual guidance. He is not involved in the day to day running of the Community and all enquiries about the life and work of the Community should be directed to the Community office and to the three current Guardians listed further up this page.
You can read Ray's Twitter page “whitehouseviews” here
You can download daily readings for use with Ray's book The Pilgrim Way here
Ray is a prolific author and has travelled the world introducing aspects of Celtic Christian spirituality to many countries. He has published books on a wide range of topics, plus the occasional CD. You can find out more about these on Ray's personal page in this website.
Giving to the Community of Aidan and Hilda
The Community's regular income comes from subscriptions, sales of books, CDs and crafts, and accommodation provided by the Open Gate and Shalom. While this might keep us ticking over, we do need donations if we are to engage in any projects or expand our mission.
You can make a donation to the Community through PayPal here.
Ray Simpson with retreatants on Holy Island