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First Congregational Church of the Old Religion


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Commonly known as
People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion

  Ongoing Event
 
Weekly Discussion Group  
Our ongoing Weekly Discussion Group is temporarily suspended.
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Saturday, December, 16
New Moon
  The People celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, December 23, Yule  The People celebrate the Beginning of the year and Midwinter's Night and the Longest Night. Days are shortest. The veil between the worlds is thin. 2 PM. Families and friends welcome.
 
 
Saturday, December 30,
Full Moon
  The People celebrates the Ice Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, January, 13
New Moon
  The People celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, January 27,
Full Moon
  The People celebrates the Snow Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, February 3, Imbolc  The People joins Squirly Productions for their community Imbolc at Corbin Senior Center. This is the beginning of spring. Days are beginning to lengthen. The Earth begins growing warmer. 10 AM until 9 PM. Families and friends welcome.
 
 
Saturday, February, 17
New Moon
  The People celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, March 3,
Full Moon
  The People celebrates the Death Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
 
 
Saturday, March, 17
New Moon
  The People celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 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.

The People of the Woods were originally located in Albuquerque, NM, USA. We were incorporated as a church in New Mexico in 1996. Our NM corporation name was The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion, Incorporated. 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 operated in New Mexico for several years. Then. in 2004, we relocated to Cheney, WA. Our incorporation status in New Mexico expired after our clergy and officers left that State. Residual activity in Albuquerque has diminished. We still may officiate at occasional rites of passages in New Mexico, including a wedding, or handfasting, in 2013.

In 2013 we formed a Washington State Nonprofit Corporation under the nameThe People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion. Our operating name continued to be simply The People of the Woods.

In 2016 we began a restructuring of our Corporation again. The corporate name changed back to The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion. In addition, several members formed a separate related Wiccan group called The People of the River Church of the Old Religion. Both The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion and The People of the River Church of the Old Religion are now Washington Nonprofit corporations. For practical purposes the operations of People of the Wood has not changed.

The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion is a State of Washington Nonprofit Corporation. UBI number 684 123 596. The First Congregational Church of the Old Religion is also registered with the IRS. EIN registration number 82-0900565. Recognition under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code is pending approval. All donations to the People of the Woods Church are exempt from IRS taxation by law. IRS recognition makes the paperwork easier for large donations.

In January 2017 some members formed an affiliated coven that meets in Post Falls, Idaho, under our new Corporate name The People of the River. See their Facebook Page. Both operations are part of the same Wiccan tradition.

The People of the River Church of the Old Religion is a State of Washington Nonprofit Corporation, UBI number 603 072 928. The People of the River Church of the Old Religion is also recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code as a nonprofit religious church. EIN registration number 81-4604846.

 
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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 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.

 
Old Magic

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

CURRENT MOON

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