The Community of Aidan and Hilda is an ecumenical world-wide fellowship whose members seek to live out Christianity as a complete way of life, within their own contexts. We try to make ourselves wholly available to the Holy Spirit and to the way of Jesus as revealed to us in the Bible. In particular, we seek to:
We draw our inspiration particularly from the Celtic Saints, but also from many of the other great Christian spiritual teachers that the Lord has raised up over the ages. We organise retreats, workshops and meetings:
Ray Simpson's book 'A Pilgrim's Way', deals extensively with the Community's history, its Way of Life and its aims, and Simon Reed's book 'Creating Community' looks at how how lessons from the Celtic churches might be applies to our churches and Christian fellowships today. See the Books Section on our Resources page for more information.
We offer online Daily Meditations on the Christian life, many of which draw on the stories of the celtic saints. These come from Ray Simpson's Book Celtic Daily Light. Examples of simple Celtic style liturgy from Ray's book Liturgies from Lindisfarne are also available.
The Community is open to Christians of all denominations and walks of life. It is truly ecumenical and brings together people from highly traditional backgrounds such as Roman Catholic and Anglo-Catholic, right through to Evangelical Charismatics and Pentecostal.
While we have no formal links with other Celtic communities such as the Northumbria Community and the Iona Community, there is a lot of common ground and our leaders and a number of our members have made visits, arranged events, etc. with these sister organisations.