Life in Our Community
For information on how to get involved, please call the church office at 770-455-6523
The Chicken Soup Ministry of St. Patrick’s provides home cooked soup and casseroles to parishioners who have a need for a prepared meal because of illness or other concerns. Each meal is prepared with love. The food, a quart of soup and two casseroles to serve two people, is frozen and stored in the freezer at church. The individual who has need for the food may pick it up or have it delivered to their home.
A Eucharistic Visitor (EV) acts under the direction of the clergy and is a lay person authorized to take the consecrated elements in a timely manner following the Celebration of Holy Eucharist, to members of the congregation who, because of illness or disability, are unable to be present physically as part of the worshipping community.
The model we have adopted, since Fall 2018, links one EV to each homebound beloved, initially for up to 3 months. Personality, gender and geography are all considered as the leadership team discerns each pair.
This model, so far, is proving to be both sustainable and satisfying for both visitor and visited. This is a beautiful vibrant ministry.
Pastoral and Hospital Visitation
Our Pastoral Care Team, including clergy and experienced lay visitors, are available to parishioners for pastoral visits at the hospital and at home. We are honored to come before or during a hospitalization to pray and anoint for healing, and to visit in the home when prayer and a friendly ear would be helpful. We expect those desiring a visit to be proactive and let our team know, directly. If you or a loved one desire a visit from our team, please call the parish office at 770-455-6523.
Stephen Ministry is part of the pastoral in-reach at St. Patrick’s. Stephen ministers are available to support someone who is experiencing a time of illness, grief or any other kind of loss and distress. We do not take the place of a therapist or priest, we walk with the person, to accompany them. Going through something difficult is harder if the person feels alone. We listen, encourage and pray with the person. This experience has resulted in many kinds of healing both for the care receiver and the caregiver. If you have an interest for yourself or someone else, please call the church office first. Our clergy will refer you to the Stephen Ministry leader to talk about your concerns and decide the best way to support you.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The goal of the Brotherhood is to bring men and youth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our ministry rests on three disciplines: Prayer, Service, and Fellowship. We would like to welcome newcomers to St. Patrick's Church by inviting you to come to a future Brotherhood meeting, which usually occurs on the fourth Thursday of every month (except for the months of November and December). The Brotherhood meetings are scheduled from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. We gather in the parish hall and kitchen where dinner is served at 6:30 followed by reading the upcoming Sunday's lectionary and also turn to prayer. We make ample time for socialization both before dinner and after 7:30.
Chalice and Cheese
Chalice and Cheese evenings are offered four to six times a year on Saturdays. We meet in the parlor from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to socialize and to read our favorite selections from a featured poet. We invite you to join us for one of these inspiring and uplifting meetings as we share what is meaningful to us in the selected poetry.
Foyers is fellowship activity open to all members and newcomers. Foyers consists of parishioners meeting together in each other’s homes to break bread together and share good fellowship with gatherings typically held every four to six weeks during the year. Foyers is a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together on a regular, but informal basis. Foyers provides a means to develop new friendships and deepen old ones informally outside the pew. Newcomers are especially invited to join at any time.
The Funeral Reception Ministry lovingly cares for the family and friends of the deceased by providing a beautiful reception following the funeral service. Ministry members donate trays of sandwiches, sweets, fruits and more, as well as, provided set up and clean up. Serving in this ministry is as needed and as you are available. When a funeral is announced, the ministry head sends out an email indicating needed food and volunteer help.
Intercessory Prayer Team
This ministry (presently 9 parishioners) prays daily for the special needs and prayers offered by parishioners and visitors on the Prayer Request Cards found in the pews. In addition, for a Ministry Pillar and each month for two letters of the alphabet, as we pray through the Parish Directory.
A beautiful ministry, please join us if this practice calls to you.
Neighborhood Faith In Action (NFA)
Our mission is to speak out to policy makers as advocates for compassion and justice in political, social, economic and environmental issues. We feel compelled by our faith to actively bring our concerns to bear on public officials because that is our primary way of influencing who we shall be as a people before God.
What do we do? First and foremost, we vote and strive to help others to do the same. We keep ourselves informed by collaboratively bringing attention to unjust issues by regularly communicating through:
- Guest speakers
- Focus group meetings
- Electronic newsletters that notify citizens of opportunities to be vocal via mailings, community meetings, legislative action, etc.
Whom do we serve? We seek to serve those in need of a voice and the community at large. Currently we are giving particular focus to 6 areas of concern:
- Voting Rights
- Racial Reconciliation
- Gun Safety
- Sex trafficking
Parish Events are organized and led by vestry members, but supported and run by the entire parish. Most months there is a parish event organized to share and enjoy liturgical holidays throughout the year.
Some highlights include Epiphany burning of the greens, Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, Easter breakfast and egg hunt, a Pentecost picnic, discovery weekend, weekend retreats, trunk or treat, an All Saint’s and All Souls feast, and advent wreath making.
SPARKS – Fire, Fellowship and FUN for Our “Over Fifties”
This group began reinventing itself in May 2019. It meets monthly, primarily for fellowship and fun, some activities will have an educational component. Each month’s gathering will be organized by a different member who has a passion for that activity. Though there is a committed core group, each opportunity will be advertised to all ‘over fifties’ via The Shamrock. Come join us for all or some!
Meet at Dunwoody Tavern on the first Tuesday of each month and at O’Brian’s Tavern on the third Thursday each month for fellowship and some friendly competition. The game begins at 8:00pm and we gather beforehand to claim a spot and grab a bite or a drink.