St Aidan's was our old church where I went to Sunday school. Not really surprised at this amalgamation as many of the umbrella faiths under the general Protestant label are struggling with attendance. The Anglicans in particular have really imploded in recent years due to infighting among various factions of that church.
The Catholics from my observation are really the only mainstream Western faith that seems to be holding its own if not thriving - its well organized and their congregations are involved and dedicated to their faith generally. I married one and have always been impressed with their social and other activities which seems to keep the faithful engaged. Their Christmas services especially are modern. contemporary and not of the old school 'fire and brimstone' or 'Thou shalt not....!" from the pulpit variety.
As far as what lies beyond the great veil one of the aspects of Freemasonry that attracted me initially, aside from deep familial ties to the brotherhood, was the notion that charity, giving to community and improving one's self as a person and as a man, were the goals to which a mason should dedicate his life ultimately in deference to and under the ever watchful gaze of our "Grand Architect" (God). Therefore I would hope 'shopping' would be slightly further down the list, heh.
That all said far be it from me to not hit up Costco or others places if there is a good deal to be had...!
Edited by AllseeingEye, 07 December 2019 - 06:30 PM.