One of the Fastest Growing Episcopal Churches in the U.S. Breaks Ground in Suwanee, Ga — South Forsyth County

Suwanee, GA (PRWEB) March 7, 2005

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, representing the Anglican Communion in North and Middle Georgia, today announced that it will break ground for its 93rd parish on March 19, at 10:00 a.m. The Right Rev’d J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta and Fr. Tripp Norris, Rector of St. Columba’s, will officiate the event. In recognition of the event, Bishop Alexander says, “I know I speak for every member of the Diocese of Atlanta in extending a warm and enthusiastic congratulations to the good people of St. Columba’s.” He adds, “St. Columba’s practice of “radical hospitality” and resulting growth will be the “gold standard” for starting new congregations in this diocese for year’s to come.”

St. Columba’s new location will be located on 15.5 acres at 939 James Burgess Rd. in South Forsyth County, just 1.5 miles east of Old Atlanta Road and half a mile from Hwy 20 at the Chattahoochee River. The close proximity of St. Columba’s to the tri-county area of Johns Creek makes the church convenient to residents of South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties.

To celebrate the occasion, the ground will be marked with white cording in the shape of a cross. The top of the corded cross will be placed where the future altar will be placed. St. Columba’s invites the congregation and public to bring soil from their homes to mix with the soil of the future church home. The Bishop will bless the land and reveal the rendering of the new parish church. An English tea reception will follow the groundbreaking ceremony.

According to Fr. Norris, “The last sixteen months have been an exciting journey for St. Columba’s. We have been blessed with a very active, Spirit-filled, and growing congregation. Together, we have experienced many “firsts” — many new friendships, new ministries, new outreach programs, and soon, a new building! God has indeed called us here, and we couldn’t have imagined a better beginning.”

About Saint Columba’s: Saint Columba’s Church is one of the fastest growing Episcopal parishes in the United States. Since its first service on September 7, 2004, St. Columba’s has been worshipping at South Forsyth Middle School located on Old Atlanta Road, where it will continue to meet until its new building’s estimated completion date in December, 2005. St. Columba’s has earned a reputation of friendliness as it fulfills its mission of radical hospitality to welcome all people. Even though new, St. Columba’s is a church rich in tradition as Fr. Tripp Norris, St. Columba’s Rector maintains the time-honored liturgical style worship and music carried down through the centuries.

About the Episcopal Church: The Episcopal Church has between two and three million members in about 7500 congregations across the United States and a few related dioceses outside the US. The Episcopal Church is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion, with 94 million members across the globe. Episcopalians believe that the liturgy, our worship together, is the heart of our life, from which flow all of our ministries which seek to embrace the community and deepen our own awareness and connection to God in Jesus Christ.

# # #