A community of faith
seeking to love and serve
in the Spirit of Jesus Christ
Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Thank you for visiting www.ecohs.net. If you have not already visited us in “real life,” we hope you will stop by for one of our Sunday or weekday worship services. You will find us to be a community of people who seek to learn and grow in our faith; and welcome and develop relationships with people from all faith backgrounds, as well as people who do not identify with any particular religious tradition. The Episcopal Church—and our local congregation, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit—welcome you!
If you do visit, please introduce yourself to one of the ushers. We will be glad to give you a packet of information about our church and answer any questions you might have. Members of our staff will be glad to meet with you depending on your area of interest—from our ECOHS Preschool for young children to Education for Ministry for adults; our four choirs for young children to adults; our various outreach ministries; and more.
Our congregation has been meeting in the Forsyth County area for over forty years. We have recently doubled our physical space during so we can better meet the needs of our growing congregation and our ministries to the wider community. This is an exciting and vital time in our parish’s history. We would enjoy having you join us in our common life and shared ministry as we seek to follow our mission statement “…to love and serve in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”
Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit!
We are a community of faith seeking to love and serve in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
The members of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit welcome all guests to our church. We have fun here. We laugh, we cry, we pray, we serve, and we live... all as a community of Christians devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ and to each other.
Come to one of our services. If we can help serve you in any way, we will welcome the opportunity.
If you are making your home in this community we extend to you a hearty invitation to make this your church home.
In 1974, our congregation began as a conversation between a young woman, Jeanie Lipscomb, and a professor at Candler School of Theology, Dr. Jim Hopewell. Jeanie said she would really like to have an Episcopal church in Cumming. Dr. Hopewell, an Episcopal priest, said he would be glad to help her start one. A small group of people began to worship together that year. On Pentecost Sunday 1975, they decided to apply to become a mission of the Diocese of Atlanta. The church chose the name “Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit” in order to recognize God’s empowerment of ministry through the Spirit. The congregation was recognized as a mission in January 1976 and admitted as a full parish in January 1983.
Our church worships in a liturgical style that focuses on celebrating the Eucharist on Sundays and regular services of prayer during the week. There are four choirs including adults, youth, and children. In addition to our clergy, a broad team of laypeople help to prepare and lead the worship services.
Our parish enjoys having fun together. There are annual traditions such as a parish weekend at Camp Mikell; and a fish fry and kite flying day started by founding member, Dutch Jahnz. We get together regularly for parish dinners in our recently expanded kitchen and parish hall. The Foyer ministry is another way for us to meet in homes and deepen relationships over a shared meal.
Our mission statement proclaims, “We are a community of faith seeking to love and serve in the spirit of Jesus Christ.” That mission is fulfilled as we engage our community— such as the Pantry at Wendy’s Place; and In Stitches, a ministry that makes prayer shawls for people who are ill and blankets for premature babies. It also includes Family Promise, providing transitional housing for homeless families; chaplaincy work for local DFCS caseworkers; and the Children’s Center at Lee Arrendale State Prison for Women. We have extended our sense of community to include an annual mission trip to support children in Honduras.
Christian Formation and Preschool
Growing in our faith is an important part of our life together. This begins with our wonderful preschool that meets during the week. We have Christian Education for all ages on Sunday mornings during the program year. There is Vacation Bible School during the summer. We offer various ways to help our youth build community as they transition to an adult faith. We provide adults opportunities to learn and practice their faith including two Education for Ministry (EFM) classes.
We are glad you are here and invite you to explore ways to connect with our parish. Please contact the church office at 770-887-8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org or learn about us on our website, www.ecohs.net.
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