We had been making plans to re-energize the Temple of the Stone-ATC and up its activities and gain momentum....Our inspiration was drawn from the many we have interacted with, celebrated with, council with and spent many countless hours with. Ideas, suggestions, mixed with wishes and desires for growth and community played the major roles in trying to break out of or stagnation as a church.
Then, reality came calling.
The past 2 years of our activities, the thousands of dollars in costs in foods, drink, materials and supplies has been funded and provided by the same 5 people, over and over. The church books have been showing in the negative for the last 22 months. Our ability to provide for the community, and even for our simple rituals, has dwindled down to non existent, and our energy levels, both physically and mentally has dropped dramatically.
We had classes once, until none showed for them. We had wonderful circles and simple feasts for the Esbats, until they too dwindled in participation. Our Sabbat feasts were the 'talk of the town' within our community, yet they began to wain as we could no longer afford to feed all who came. (That alone breaks my heart.) We provided the supplies and materials for ritual workshops, craft exercises and general classes. We spent hours researching and preparing rituals, classes, and even council sessions for all who came or asked. That is what we are to do as Clergy, and well expected.
The service is an honor for us, a duty that we accepted and even excelled at. Yet we can no longer provide much of any service at this time due to lack of funding and community participation.
The Temple of the Stone-ATC is in dire straights financially, and our Clergy is as well, due to our expenses going into our church for funding all the activities, circles and Sabbats. Our church is in a much worse debt, that of community spirit and motivation. Our Clergy can no longer function as such, for there is no longer much of a community body present. Personal growth in meeting the demands of bills has now become the only growth that we can focus on.
We saved our tax return money and spent 2 months saving cash to be able to spend the weekend in Washington with our ATC Brothers and Sisters for Spring Mysteries hoping and praying to find the motivation and blessings to be able to continue our service and our Church....an investment that was literally the make or break for us in our dreams of the Temple of the Stone-ATC. The trip was not as we had planned, although for the majority we were pleased with it. We did return with high hopes to be able to rekindle the flames in our own community, and we did learn a lot by being with our Elders and Clergy as well as the many other community members we encountered...but it appears that was not enough.
We love each and every one of you that has come to the Temple of the Stone-ATC, and has interacted with the Idaho Falls Pagans. You have shared much with us, and taught us as well as being kind enough for us to share our lessons with you. We will always try to keep that and continue these relationships as we can, but not necessarily as a church.
I believe, by the end of the month, April 2013, we will be closing the Temple of the Stone-ATC as a church body/entity. We will remain dedicated to our personal paths and study, and will be available to those who need us whenever we can. The websites will remain until we can no longer afford to keep them up, or no longer have the time to attend them. The Facebook sites and supporting pages will also be let go. We will retain the paperwork and business of the Temple of the Stone-ATC for the remainder of the year (a last hope) and will close officially on 1/1/2014.
Temple of the Stone-ATC
127 Carol Ave. Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401
Our Mission statement
To promote the Wiccan/Pagan faiths and to disseminate information to the populace,
To raise awareness to the Pagan religions and celebrate the Old Ways,
To achieve individual growth through group effort,
And to Honor the Lord and Lady, Nature and the Elements, and one another.
The Temple of the Stone -ATC has open (free) membership and supporting membership. Supporting members pay monthly dues of only $10 a month, and that goes a long way to keeping our church running smoothly and our supplies and materials handy for all church events. Learn more here : Temple of the Stone Membership
No events planned at this time.
We operate our church and church functions through our memberships and donations.
Pleases remember to donate,
just look for the small treasure chest at any of our events.
Without your continued support, we cannot host many events or gatherings. Membership is only $10 a month and comes with many benefits, for you and your church. Donations are tax record-able, and we offer receipts to any and all contributions.
Feel free to contact us for more information.
Pagans are as diverse in their beliefs as there are stars in the heavens. Oh so many traditions exist today world wide based on culture, race, and environment. all Pagan paths are based on several key elements that are shared, even if labeled differently.
Pagan religious beliefs are based on a Nature worship system that focuses on a balance within Nature and Mankind. The Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit are present in all things and revered as natural influences. The Gods, and yes there are several, are also called upon and worshiped. Pagans see the Gods, both male and female, as a balanced and equal part of our world. Each tradition or culture have certain deity or pantheons that influence and have dominion over various aspects of the world(s).
Wiccca has only been around since the early 1950's and give it's founding leaders the respect of those who have adopted and modified from the ancient worship and beliefs of the Gods. The beginnings of our Pagan practices are far older, yet we are a modern adaptation of our ancestors and our ancestral beliefs. Knowing this, we still hold to the validity of ones own belief and that many share these beliefs today.
Modern Pagans hold to many traditions. There are Witches, Wiccans, Druids, Voodooism, Hinduism, Taoist, Spiritualist, ect, ect. Not all believe that they are on a religious path as many believe it is a Spiritual path. Pagans are first and foremost INDIVIDUALS. And our religions and spiritual paths are very personal.
" Let no man stand between you and your God." is a line that many of us believe. We do not easily conform to an 'organized' religious teaching and remain staunch on our principals and beliefs. However we do believe in having an open mind and an open heart. Thus we willing share by listening and teaching about the Gods and of Nature. Many of us study many religions so that we may share our knowledge and beliefs, doing so we become mentors and guides as well as benefiting from continuing input and 'seekers'.
It is our belief, at the Temple of the Stone, that all paths are welcome and every individuals belief is valid so long as it does not disrupt the harmony of Nature and the community. We are dedicated in the Spiritual wellbeing and the knowledge of our members in their paths and in the service of our Gods and community.
Come, and join our Circle. Building a Pagan Community and raise Pagan Awareness!