When we gather for Holy Eucharist, we are sent out at the end of the service with the dismissal: “Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!” We are a sent people, who seek to love and serve God wherever we go and whatever we are doing. We are also pilgrims, who go with the expectation of encountering God through others and of being renewed and transformed by that encounter.
As a Cathedral, we reach out through specific Cathedral outreach programs, our hospitality as a “house of prayer for all people,” our parochial entities, volunteer and financial support of partner ministries, and, most important, the many ways that Cathedral parishioners respond to Jesus’ commission throughout their lives.
Our Cathedral outreach programs seek to be a sign of Christ’s love, mercy, and justice in this world, while nurturing spiritual growth and community among those who participate in them. These ministries focus on four areas: homelessness and homelessness prevention, at-risk children, prison-related ministries, and immigrant communities.
Below are some of the many opportunities for you to go with us! For more information, contact Canon Lauren Holder, lholder@cathedralATL.org.
The Cathedral sponsors a weekly service of the Holy Eucharist and supports the Children’s Center at Arrendale State Prison, which helps maintain and strengthen relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children. We also offer opportunities for education and training focused on issues surrounding incarceration and reentry. In addition, under the leadership of Cathedral member Hunter Tison, we have a long-standing relationship with Soul Changers, a non-profit organization that provides residential recovery and post-incarceration services to indigent men and women. We always need volunteers who can share their time and professional expertise to help those in prison or returning from prison.
Ministries for At-Risk Children and Families
Our LaAmistad After-School Program serves Latino students from Garden Hills Elementary School and their families, by providing tutoring, mentoring, and a safe, fun place for the children to spend the afternoon. The program meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:45–5 p.m., when school is in session. Volunteers help by tutoring, mentoring, and building friendships with the students. Volunteers are also needed for special events, like the blessing of backpacks, costume blessing, and Advent wreathmaking, to name a few. Spanish language skills are not necessary.
The Cathedral has a long-standing partnership with Emmaus House, an Episcopal church and community center that provides education, opportunity, and advocacy in Peoplestown. Cathedral members support Emmaus House in many ways, including serving on the board, collecting toys for Christmas, and providing dinner for programs. Emmaus House leaders also visit the Cathedral to help teach us about their work and poverty in our city.
One of our newest partnerships and ministries is with Eternal Hope in Haiti, a Georgia-based non-profit agency that provides healthcare and nutritional services through mobile medical clinics and that operates an orphanage for medically fragile children. Cathedral members can support this ministry by participating in our mission-pilgrimages, supporting Cathedral youth in their fund-raising, and organizing or contributing to collections of needed items.
Homelessness and Homelessness Prevention
This year, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Habitat for Humanity ministry! For the last twenty-nine springs, Cathedral members have come together with four other churches to build a home for a family that otherwise could not dream of home ownership. Whether you are comfortable with a hammer, want to learn to be comfortable with a hammer, or just want to help feed the crew, this is a great way to build up our community in positive ways and to connect with other parishioners.
Another important partner in this area is Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM), which provides emergency financial assistance and supportive services to individuals and families to promote longer-term financial independence. The Cathedral helps BCM by conducting two food drives a year, collecting toys at Christmas, and providing volunteers and financial support. We go out to love and serve our homeless brothers and sisters at Church of the Common Ground and Church of the Holy Comforter, where we are welcomed to join in worship and to serve and share in a community meal. And we welcome our homeless neighbors here at the Cathedral, too, especially at our annual Homeless Requiem on All Saints Day, November 1. In addition to the requiem service, we host a dinner and service fair to help our guests connect with service providers.