Welcome to the
People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion


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Affiliated with the  Aquarian Tabernacle Church

 
 

  Upcoming Events
 
Saturday, August 15.
New Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Wednesday, August 26.
Discussion Series for new members begins
  The People of the Woods has scheduled another 6 week discussion series for prospective new members. 7 PM By invitation only.
 
 
Saturday, August 29.
Full Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the Hunter's Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, September 12.
New Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Sunday, September 20.
Mabon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the Fall Equinox when day and night are in balance and the harvest is ongoing. 2 PM Family and friends welcome.
 
 
Saturday, September 26.
Full Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the Falling Leaf Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, October 10.
New Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, October 24.
Full Moon
  The People of the Woods celebrates the Tree or Long Knife Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, October 31.
Samhain
  The People of the Woods celebrates the end of autumn, the end of the year, and the beginning of winter. This begins the dark time when days are short and winter rules our lands. The veil between the worlds grows thin. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
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.

The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion is now incorporated in the State of Washington as a Nonprofit Corporation, UBI number 603-423-869. The Washington Corporation is also registered with the IRS as a nonprofit religious church. IRS (EIN) registration number 61-1746064. All donations to the People of the Woods Church are exempt from IRS taxation by law under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.

Clergy from the The People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion now conduct religious rites, and teach the Old Religion near Spokane and Cheney, 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.

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.

 
CURRENT MOON
Gather you Witches in the night

Gather you Witches in the night while the moon rides full. Gather you Witches in the darkness when the moon is hidden. Gather to follow the old ways, to drum, to sing, and to dance the ageless dance of life. Gather in a circle, man to woman, woman to man, in the circle of life as the Gods have taught you.

Gather you Witches in a circle. Gather you wise ones, you teachers, you keepers of the magick, you Priests and Priestesses of all that is sacred and old beyond knowing. Listen to the wind. Listen to the water. Listen to the fire. Listen to the earth. Hear the heartbeat of the drums and the drumbeat of the heart. Feel the power of magick as it flows hand to hand around the circle.

Gather you Witches in a circle. Call upon the Goddess and welcome her magick as She dances with you. Call upon the God and fear not his power for within the circle He leads your dance. Gather in the circle to celebrated the seasons of the Earth and the sacredness of all life, work the ancient magicks, thank the Gods for the food you eat, and encouraged fertility so that our race will not perish. Call forth the young ones, welcome them to the ancient circle, and pass on the old ways to each new generation. Thus it has been for a hundred thousand generations.

Gather you Witches in the night while the moon rides full.

 
 
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About Our Church
 
People of the Woods on Facebook
 
Links to other pagan web sites
 
Our suggested reading list
 
Our Facebook Page
 
Meeting the Witches
 
Site map of our web pages
 
 
Contact The People of the Woods Church in Cheney, WA    
 
 
 
 

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People of the Woods Church logo by Moonstar
Revised Lughnassad 2015