St. Bartholomew’s has a rich history in outreach and social justice. Together, we are a parish called to act. A parish called to pray, reflect, discuss, and grow. We are called to worship in joyful togetherness. Called to love our neighbors and called to give to those in need.
The Outreach and Social Justice ministries at St. Bartholomew’s provide opportunities for each of us to love and act like Jesus by doing more for those in need, however big or small. And to manifest our love beyond the walls of our church.
Our ministries serve our local neighbors through programs like Toco Hills Community Alliance and our Community Food Garden. We also reach out to our brothers and sisters around the world through efforts like our Haiti ministry and our work for Episcopal Relief & Development.
Please join us in choosing to be a parish of action. A parish united in service. A parish walking with Jesus to help the poor, stand up for the oppressed, and speak for the voiceless.
Parish Pilgrimage to The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL Saturday, August 25
A bus will leave St. Bart’s in the morning and return that evening.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors (65 and older).
You may register by signing up on the list in the Parish Hall and paying by check, or register and pay through St. Bart’s Connects with credit card (or bring a check made out to St. Bartholomew’s with “Parish Pilgrimage” in the note field to the church office).
**Your spot is not reserved until we have your payment. Last day to register is August 1. There are only 56 seats on the bus – space is limited!**
Pilgrimage Preparation, Formation Opportunities: Leading up to this pilgrimage, we will formation opportunities to prepare us for this unique experience.
Parish-wide book study: The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone
The cross and the lynching tree are separated by nearly 2,000 years. One is the universal symbol of Christian faith; the other is the quintessential symbol of black oppression in America. Though both are symbols of death, one represents a message of hope and salvation, while the other signifies the negation of that message by white supremacy. What is at stake is the credibility and promise of the Christian gospel and the hope that we may heal the wounds of racial violence that continue to divide our churches and our society.”
Discussion facilitated by Rev. Dr. Angela Shepherd. The same material will be covered in the morning and evening sessions.
Books will be available for purchase in the Parish Hall starting Sunday, June 17 for the cost of $24.08. Ebooks are available online. The book is also available in small quantities from the DeKalb and Fulton public libraries.
Register for morning or evening here.
Sunday Morning Formation: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall Meeting Room, starting July 8. Details to follow.
These documents are mentioned in the Annual Report for 2017:
THCA Task Force Report Final
Summary Outreach Communications Plan
Outreach Communication Survey Responses
The Legacy Ministries of St. Bartholomew’s are our parish’s footprints from walking as Jesus’ disciples serving the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless for over five decades. Nicholas House, Jerusalem House, Project Open Hand were started and incubated at St. Bart’s. Over the years, organizations like Villa International, Friends of L’Arche Atlanta, and Kid4Peace have captured parishioners’ passion for service. Today, the St. Bartholomew’s legacy of service lives as our parishioners serve on the boards or donate time and funds to many of these ministries.
A “legacy ministry” that remains deeply embedded in St. Bartholomew’s DNA is social justice activism. Beginning with our first rector, Austin Ford’s, leading parishioners to march in for civil rights in the 60s through today — whether standing for LGBTQ rights, the environment, gun violence, refugee rights, racial justice, against the death penalty — St. Bartholomew’s parishioners organize and walk their faith in the streets, on the phone. and with their pens and prayers for justice.
Toco Hill Community Alliance is in Need of an Event Planner
Toco Hills Community Alliance plans to introduce an annual or semi-annual fundraiser and needs an event planner to work with its Board of Directors to help bring this fundraiser to life. All great events require a considerable amount of time to plan and coordinate—and as a result, you’ll be expected to donate at least 20 hours of your time.
Toco Hills Community Alliance is in need of a handyman to help maintain its facilities and perform light repairs. You’ll work directly with the Executive Director of Toco Hills Community Alliance to prioritize repair needs, and are expected to provide your own tools for use. Any time that can be donated based on your schedule will be greatly appreciated.
Toco Hills Community Alliance is looking for a social media manager to post at least once a week to its Facebook page and to help write a quarterly newsletter. You’ll work directly with the Executive Director of Toco Hills Community Alliance to create content that will further engage and inspire the community.
See all open volunteer opportunities here.