Turkey Day The People of the Woods celebrates the Ameican cultural day of Thanksgiving with feasting and good friends. 2 PM Friends and familes welcome.
Full Moon The People of the Woods celebrates the Long Night Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
Yule party The People of the Woods meets to celebrate Midwinter's Night, also called Yule. This year the New Moon also falls on Midwinter Night so the darkness is complete. This is the shortest day of the year when Witches gather to call the Sun back from the south as we have always done. We light fires and candles against the darkness, and show the light that its time to return. In Spokane this is also the day with the coldest average temperatures. Beginning tomorrow our days grow a little longer and a little warmer. The Oak King takes over and rules the coming seasons. NOON. Families and guests welcome.
Full Moon The People of the Woods celebrates the Snow Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
New Moon The People of the Woods celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
Imbolc The People of the Woods celebrates Imbolc, the cross quarter day marking the beginning of spring, and honors the Lord and Lady. 1 PM.
|The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion is a congregation and coven of the Old Religion, sometimes called Wicca or Witchcraft, one of the spiritual paths of pre-christian Native Europeans. We serve followers of Wicca who reside in the Spokane, Washington, USA, area.
We were originally located in Albuquerque, NM, USA, and named The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion, Incorporated. We were incorporated as a church in New Mexico in 1996. The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion, Incorporated was recognized as exempt from federal income tax by the IRS under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1997. We relocated to Cheney, WA. in 2004. Residual activity in Albuquerque has diminished. We still officiate at occasional rites of passages in New Mexico, including a wedding, or handfasting, in 2013. Our incorporation status in New Mexico expired after our clergy and officers left that State.
Our name was changed to The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion in 2013.
Clergy from the The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion now conduct religious rites, and teach the Old Religion near Spokane, WA. We also occasionally lead rituals and teach at Pagan gatherings across the US.
The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion became affiliated with the Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) in 2014. ATC Mother Church and World Headquarter is located at Index, WA. There are ATC affiliated churches across the USA, and in Canada and Europe. Other ATC contacts are in Africa and Asia. ATC also sponsors an annual recreation of the Eleusinian Mysteries, now recognized as the best modern recreation.
Articles of Incorporation have been approved for The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religon by the State of Washington as a Nonprofit Corporation, UBI number 603423869. A new IRS registration is in process for the Washington Corporation. All donations to the People of the Woods Church are exempt from taxation by law even without the IRS registration, however an IRS registration makes it easier for deducting large donations.
The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion holds Full Moon and Sabbat observances near Cheney, Washington, USA. Wiccans of compatible beliefs are sometimes invited to attend our religious observances of Moons and Sabbats. The People of the Woods is also now on Facebook
The Church sponsors a Wiccan coven called "The People of the Woods," which is currently accepting a limited number of suitable new members. The Church provides training, initiation and ordination into the Wiccan clergy in the traditional Wiccan manner. A limited number of apprentices may be accepted for the priesthood of the Old Religion. We do not recruit new members, but we will welcome any who sincerely desires to participate in our religion with us. Read our About the Church page for more information on the coven. Our Wiccan tradition is an initiatory mystery religion. We are a smoke free congregation.
Ordained clergy of The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion are available to those of similar religious calling for pastoral counseling, marriages (handfastings), baby blessings, and other rites of passage.
The People of the Woods is holding our 6 week series of discussions on Beginning Wicca and Our Practices. These discussions are held when prospective new members ask about joining our group. Most people who ask have already read books about Wicca, and have a basic knowledge. We talk about our vision of our religion and get better acquainted with people. Wicca is not a religion for everyone, and our circle is not a good fit for every Wiccan. Discussions are being held each week covering a different topic of history, theology, morality, etc.
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