A community of faith

seeking to love and serve

in the Spirit of Jesus Christ

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit  

724 Pilgrim Mill Rd., Cumming, GA 30040


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Outreach Ministries

Holy Spirit reaches out to the community in a number of ways. We would be delighted to have you help with any of these ministries. Please scroll down to see the opportunities, and contact the persons listed. Thank you!

The Pantry: Distribution of Essential Non-Food Items was begun 25 years ago with distribution to six clients. We currently serve approximately 160 clients on the last Saturday of every month. We distribute essential items that cannot be purchased with food stamps; items such as toilet paper, laundry detergent and diapers. We allocate a large portion of the church’s Outreach budget to this ministry and purchase most of the items from The Atlanta Food Bank and Dollar Tree. We are one of the only non-food pantries in Forsyth County.  Recent additions to the monthly distribution include music, prayer, and the assistance of our Holy Spirit youth.

Volunteers are always needed to help bag the items for distribution and for distributing the bags to our clients. Filling the bags is generally done the week prior to the last Saturday of the month. The distribution of the bags takes place at Wendy’s Place (building behind the church) from 8:00-9:30 am on the last Saturday of the month. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sumner Cahoon at jcahoon@bellsouth.net

In Stitches, a group of needlecraft enthusiasts, gathers in the church Parish Hall every Wednesday starting at 9:00 am to knit, crochet, quilt, and sew items of comfort and warmth for those in need. Blankets and hats are made for the babies in the NICU at Northside Hospital and new arrivals at the Women’s Center at Northside Forsyth. We have made hats for the Quileute Indian Reservation Tribal School in Washington state, caps for the soldiers in Afghanistan and also prayer shawls for member of our congregation and further afield who need that special support during times of difficulty or illness.

In Stitches embraces all talents and welcomes anyone to join them on Wednesday mornings whether you are a beginner, advanced or wanting to learn any of the crafts they do. For more information, please contact Ro Woodhead at nickwoodhead@hotmail.com.

Backpacks of Love is a ministry serving children and their families who are homeless or otherwise in severe need by providing non-perishable food items packed in backpacks and delivered to the children’s schools. It was started at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in January of 2011 with Holy Spirit joining the program in October of 2012. Overall, the program is currently serving 18 schools in North Fulton and Forsyth counties averaging approximately 150 backpacks each delivery cycle. At Holy Spirit, the program has been growing steadily since we began in October, 2012. In 2014, we delivered approximately 200 backpacks containing roughly 3600 pounds of food. We initially began the program with about 15 volunteers signing up to fill backpacks and that number has steady grown over the past year and we now regularly average between 20-25 filled backpacks every delivery cycle.

For more information on Backpacks of Love, contact Cathy Schlecht  at cschlecht@mindspring.com

Community Garden now has a total of 4 raised beds, all of them built and planted by church volunteers. Abundant garden produce has been donated to The Place and our Pantry after each harvest. The garden was built and planted with donations of money, material and time,  and is now funded through the parish budget. The 2014 harvests included 140 lbs. of potatoes, 85 lbs. of tomatoes and peppers, and 19 heads of cabbage.

For more information or to volunteer on the garden, contact Dennis Whittle at dpwhittle@bellsouth.net.

Angel Tree: This year we were able to provide $150 worth of Christmas gifts to each of 25 children in the foster care system. Many thanks to all who shopped for and delivered gifts for these needy children!

For information on this ministry, contact Carol Franklin at

Wendy’s Bears collects teddy bears during the month of December to be donated to young children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves spending time in the Forsyth County judicial system. These bears provide comfort during stressful times such as court appearances, etc.

For more information on the Wendy's Bears ministry, contact Julie Ford at

Church of the Common Ground is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women. The weekly outdoor worship service, morning prayer services, bible studies, and foot clinic in downtown Atlanta provide community, inspiration and healing. The church believes that re-establishing connection, trust, and faith is important spiritual work that empowers and transforms individuals and promotes healing and wholeness. Parishioners from Holy Spirit travel to Woodruff Park approximately four Sundays a year to provide lunch and worship with those who have gathered as Church of the Common Ground.

For more information see their website at commonground.episcopalatlanta.org. For information regarding Holy spirit's participation and visits, contact Sharon Linsley at sharonlinsley@yahoo.com.

Mentor Me  Their mission is to help children reach their potential through mentoring relationships with responsible adults. Mentor Me matches children ages 6 – 17 that are primarily from single-parent families or children who are being raised by grandparents or other family relatives. This is time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy in the community, typically through weekly contact.

In 2014, Holy Spirit began partnering with Mentor Me to provide after school mentoring and new mentee programs at our church,  such as our Lego clubs as enrichment for children on our waiting list. For more information, see their website at www.mentorGA.org. For ways to volunteer, contact Sylvia Cardona at sylvia.lfc@gmail.com.

The Lamb Institute The Lamb Institute is a Christ-centered, multifaceted ministry based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras that seeks to reach out to the world with the love of Jesus Christ. LAMB was founded in 1999 by lifelong missionary, Suzy McCall, as a training school for Hondurans called to world mission. Today, LAMB operates an elementary school with over 200 children in one of the most violent and poverty stricken areas of Tegucigalpa, a large youth outreach program, a growing microcredit program with over 300 small business owners, multiple community programs, and a residential home outside the city for over 60 abused and neglected children.

Holy Spirit supports an annual summer mission trip to serve the children who are cared for by the Lamb Institute in Honduras. These trips are intergenerational, while focusing on our youth. For general information, see their website at: www.lambinstitute.org.

For information regarding ECOHS mission trips, contact Cathy Schlecht at cschlecht@mindspring.com For information regarding youth participation, contact Bonnie Underwood at bonniegunderwood@gmail.com

Arrendale State Prison Children’s Center, a program of the chaplaincy department at the prison, provides opportunities for incarcerated mothers to bond with their children and to strengthen their parenting skills and their families. Every second Saturday, the Center hosts a family visitation that combines mother-child bonding with fun, education, and food and fellowship. Volunteers are needed to facilitate activities, help with the children, support the mothers, and provide and serve food.

Once each quarter five to six women from Holy Spirit go to the prison to facilitate mothers’ visits with their children under the guidance of the prison chaplain. We take breakfast food, assist with activities coordinated with a theme for the visit, and supervise inmates as they meet with their children. Volunteers have background clearance and are approved to visit.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Lucy Murray at Lumurray@bellsouth.net or Joanie Anderton: janderton@bellsouth.net.

Family Promise is a ministry that provides transitional housing and support for families that have become homeless. You can learn more about this important work at http://www.familypromiseofforsythcounty.org/. Four times a year, our parish hosts three to four families with as many as fourteen members. We provide overnight shelter, meals, fellowship, and more. This is a way for us to fulfill our parish mission statement "to love and serve others in the spirit of Jesus Christ."

DFACS Chaplaincy is a way some of our members give back to the community by serving as chaplains to Department of Family and Children Services caseworkers and supervisors in Forsyth County. Participants in this ministry have received special training through Community of Hope International (http://www.cohinternational.org/). Our purpose is to pray for and support these public servants on the frontlines of so many of the challenges in our community.

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724 Pilgrim Mill Rd.

Cumming, GA 30040

Worship Services

Sunday 8:30 & 10:45 am

Holy eucharist


Sunday School 9:30 am

Tuesday 9:30 am

Morning Prayer

Wednesday noon

Contemplative Prayer

Thursday noon

Holy Eucharist

1st Saturdays, noon

Contemplative Prayer

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10am-2pm

Mailing address:

PO Box 1010

Cumming, GA 30028

Phone: 770-887-8190

email: ecohs@bellsouth.net

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit