Every Wednesday The People hosts an ongoing Discussion Group to discuss our Tradition and Practices.
7 PM at Glenconey.
Beltane The People celebrates Beltane, the beginning of Summer when days are long and nights are short. We will attend a Spokane area community Beltane sponsored by the Pagan Ministry Council of Spokane. Location is Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. Potluck feast and Maypole dance. Families and children welcome. Wear your coven T shirt. 11 AM until 4 PM.
Full Moon The People celebrates the Planting Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
New Moon The People celebrates the New Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
Full Moon The People celebrates the Rose Moon and honors the Lord and Lady. 7 PM (coven members only)
|The People of the River 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.
In 2016 a restructuring of our Corporation changed the Corporate name to The People of the River Church of the Old Religion. People of the Woods Church of the Old Religion is now a corporate business division and legal affiliation of People of the River Church of the Old Religion. For practical purposes the operations of People of the Wood has not changed.
The People of the River Church of the Old Religion is now incorporated in the State of Washington as a Nonprofit Corporation, UBI number 603-072-928. The Washington Corporation is also registered with the IRS as a nonprofit religious church. IRS (EIN) registration number 81-4604846. All donations to the People of the Woods Church are exempt from IRS taxation by law. IRS registration under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code is still in process.
In January 2017 some members of the The People of the Woods 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 corporate strucure.
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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.
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.
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