After more than a year and a half of actual construction on the elevator and accessible bathroom addition/reorientation project, and 2 and a half years since conception, we are now back in our St. Aidan Church! Thanks to all of you who have worked, prayed, donated, and struggled with us as together with the blessing and grace of God we have undertaken this God pleasing work. Thank you and may God reward your efforts in heavenly currency!

Thank you to all who now continue with us in the second stage of this work by praying and contributing to paying off the debt incurred from the build.

Patron Saint Donations

One of our on-going fundraisers is a donation to the St. Aidan Orthodox Church Elevator Fund on your loved one’s Feast Days in their Patron Saint’s name.

On Feb. 17th, we celebrated the names day of one of our young men!

St. Theodore the Tyro’s title comes from the Latin word tiro, because he was a newly-enlisted recruit. In iconography, Saint Theodore the Recruit is depicted in four different ways: either alone in military garb, battling a large snake, or together with Saint Theodore the Commander, standing upright or riding horses. He always wears his military uniform.

His Kontakion:

Having received the faith of Christ in your heart as a breastplate, / you trampled upon inimical forces, O much-suffering champion, / and you have been crowned eternally with a heavenly crown, as one invincible.

A donation has been made to the St. Aidan Orthodox Church Elevator Fund in the name of St. Theodore.

GoFundMe: Historic St. Aidan Orthodox Church

Click on the image above to donate to our gofundme fundraiser!

St. Aidan is a multi-ethnic, English speaking Orthodox Church in Cranbrook, British Columbia. We are the only Orthodox Church in the Kootenay Region, and Calgary Alberta – 400k from us – is our closest Canadian Orthodox Church neighbor. This undertaking began for the sake of making our building accessibility friendly by adding an elevator and accessible bathroom. The original budget for completion was +/- $700,000. Despite our small size, God blessed us, and we raised $840,000 in funds through donations ($380,000), grants ($230,000) and a mortgage ($230,000).

However, there has been a dramatic 40% inflationary increase in costs throughout the construction industry since we began, and we are experiencing this difference first-hand. Thankfully, we were able to raise another $270,000 to complete the construction, for a total of $1,100,000. This has created a heavy debt load for us to pay each month and we are still a small church with a small income. We are holding fundraisers, and are also reaching out to you, our friends and family, and brothers and sisters in Christ for help!

If you are willing and able to help, we would be most grateful!

It is not the magnitude of what you give or what you do for others. The smallest rainbow in the tiniest dewdrop on the web of the smallest spider catches the sunlight the same as the biggest rainstorm making the greatest rainbow arching across the sky.

Thank you for your prayers and donations, they are most appreciated!